What is a podcast?
A podcast is a series of digital audio or video files that are
released periodically and downloaded through web syndication.
Essentially, podcasting allows you to select the things you'd like
to listen to, subscribe to them, have them downloaded to your
computer or portable audio device, and listen to them when you want
to. Once you’ve subscribed, they will update automatically for you.
What type of file is your podcast in?
We use the MP3 format. This way
if you want to download a file you can play it in your MP3 player.
Q: How often do you update your
Currently we update only Monday thru Friday 8 to 5 ET. We will
update the night's live program the next morning while the Mass
Homily would be posted a few hours after it airs.
We post the monthly highlight series
the first of each month.
Q: How do you subscribe
to a podcast?
There several ways and each depends on the program / software you are using to
get podcasts. Please consult the software website for help.
For this instant, let's use one of the
more popular podcast software- iTunes.
The easy way is to go to the iTunes
store and look up EWTN. All you have to do is click and subscribe.
The problem is there is a lot of clicking if you want every program
Now, let's subscribe a different way
which you are more in control.
First go to
You will see several orange button on
this page. Two for each program we offer. One is
for the direct download of the MP3 of
the program without subscribing. That is covered in the next
The other orange button says "XML"
Once you click on this a pop-up window
will show with a 'code' inside it. (Please make sure your pop-up
blocker is turned off for ewtn.com so you can see this.)
We are going to subscribe to the
"everything' podcast. This will give you a list of ALL EWTN podcast.
Click the first orange button on the
page at www.ewtn.com/podcast
and the code shows in the pop-up.
Copy this code, which you can
and open your iTunes.
In iTunes look for the tab at the top
that says "Advanced"
Next in drop down menu you will see
the words "Subscribe to Podcast"
Once that is clicked, a box will open
Paste your copied code into that box and click OK.
All of EWTN's podcast should show up
Q: How do I get a podcast into my MP3 player?
Click on the orange button marked MP3, this is on the page
download audio file.
After you have downloaded the file to a folder on your hard drive it
will have a name such as " el_02172010.mp3". You can tell what
it is by the initials of the show "el" for EWTN Live and the numbers
are the date the show aired.
You then will need to read your owners
manual and see how to import files into your player.
Examples : For an iPod ( or similar
device) you should use iTunes. Under File - go to 'Add
File To Library'. Find file you downloaded and it should import into
your iPod once it is connected to your computer.
For other MP3 devices, once you have
download file, plug your MP3 player into computer. It may see this
as another letter drive or external device. ( Example could be E: or
F:) Simply select audio file
and drop and drag it into your MP3 player via the computer.
If this does not work you may have to
go to manufactures website.
How can I make an Audio CD from the
Again we use the MP3 format. Consult your CD burning software guide
on how to burn MP3's as audio CD's.
If yours will not do this you can find
other software for free or use a search engine to look for MP3
Q: My podcast subscription has
stopped gathering your podcasts. All other podcast are fine. I don't
get Open Line but Life on the Rock is downloading to my MP3 player.
How can I fix this?
Unfortunately, this is caused by a corrupt file. It can be on our end
or in your software. The easy thing to do is unsubscribe or delete
the link to our file and re-subscribe.
In the case of you getting one program
of ours but not another, try subscribing to the everything XML.