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Chapter 2. Jumping In > Software-based (computer) players

Software-based (computer) players

For those who like to listen to their podcasts directly on their home (or work) computers, a software-based media player is the answer. If the podcast aggregator you are using does not include a built-in media player, and you are not using a program like Apple's iTunes for Mac or PC, you will need to ensure that you have some other form of media player installed on your computer so that you can to listen to the podcasts at they arrive.

Many media players are available in cyberspace. Just about every sound card ever made comes with a media player, as do most video cards, be they from Matrox, NVidia, or ATI. In fact, there are so many media players for Windows-based machines that I could write an entire book on them. Not to worry—despite the vast array of media players floating around, the ubiquity (and utility) of the “big three” means that I need to discuss only those three options: Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, and QuickTime.


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