Sure, you can visit Planet Retcon every week, or every day, or every hour, and check to see if we’ve released a new episode. I don’t mind that at all. But wouldn’t you rather have our shows delivered directly to your comptuer? That way, you’ll never miss a show and won’t have to remember to check the site. And, of course, it’s totally free!
So, how do you subscribe? It’s easy, and there are many options. Don’t let the options scare you, though. Once you find one way to subscribe that fits your way of computing, you’ll never have to worry about this again.
If you use iTunes, then the single easiest way to subscribe is through them. There’s a podcast directory in iTunes, and when you’re in there you can search for “Planet Retcon” and find us, and then subscribe. Or, you can click on one of the two links below and get subscribed right away.
If you use an RSS reader to read news, or your frends’ blogs, then you can also use it to keep up-to-date on Planet Retcon. All RSS readers are different, so I can’t give specific instructions, but somewhere in there you should be able to paste a feed address. Paste one of these two feeds in there:
What’s the difference between them? The “News” feed will send you a copy of every post I make, usually one or two a week. The “Podcast” feed will only send you a notice when a new show comes out. You don’t need to subscribe to both, but there’s no harm if you do. Everything in the “Podcast” feed is in the “News” feed, so if you want everything, just subscribe to the “News”.
If you listen to a lot of podcasts, then you probably already have (or should get) a podcatcher of some sort. The most popular podcatcher is iTunes itself, but I’ve already covered that so let’s look at some of the other popular ones:
Juice is the single most popular podcatcher out there, except for the mammoth iTunes. It runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. I have used it in the past and it works great.
Doppler is another popular podcatcher, and is hailed by many as the best podcatcher out there. I’ve never used it so have no personal opinion. It seems to only have a Windows version.
RSS Radio is a new one that I haven’t checked out yet but shows up a lot on my stats page. It’s shareware (You can run it for free for a while, but they expect payment eventually from you) and only runs on Windows.
Nimiq is another shareware podcatcher that I’ve seen in my stats. Seems to also be Windows only.
jPodder is a nice little java (which means it’ll run on pretty much any modern computer regardless of Operating System) podcatcher. I’ve used it, but don’t any more, which says nothing about its quality.
Bashpodder is my podcatcher of choice. I do NOT recommend it unless you’re a linux geek who prefers the shell to a flashy gui. If you have no idea what that last sentence meant, go back up and download Juice or Doppler. You’ll thank me later!