Planet Bluegrass Podcast

We're in a remarkable position here at Planet Bluegrass - we get to talk to our favorite musicians all the time. We hang out and chat about their upcoming performances and their favorite memories of festivals past. Occasionally, they'll even drop by with an instrument to pick a few tunes for us or (gasp!) with us.

Podcast logoSo it dawned on us, why not share these conversations with the community of festivarians around the world. A picture may be worth a thousand words - and a photo of the festival stage in Telluride or Lyons is worth at least that - but sometimes the honesty and emotion in a human voice, or the sound of a mandolin or guitar, can be worth even more.

So as folks drop by Planet Bluegrass, we're taking a few minutes to record parts of our conversation and make them available as podcasts. We'll even mix in the latest news about the summer festivals and some historical clips from our archives. We're hoping to put these out every couple weeks or so.

And it's all available for free. All you need is a computer with an internet connection - iPod is strictly optional.

What is a podcast?

A podcast is an audio file you can subscribe to, automatically download, and listen to on a computer or portable digital music player. The term podcast is a combination of iPod and broadcast - but an iPod-style music player is not required. Once you have subscribed to a podcast, each new episode of the podcast (typically an MP3 of AAC file) is automatically downloaded to your computer, where you can then listen to the file or transfer it to a portable music player such as an iPod.

How do I subscribe?

First, you will need some podcast software. The easiest way to subscribe to our podcast is to use iTunes (version 4.9 or later) - get the latest version of iTunes here.

There are many other excellent podcast programs. For a list of podcast software visit Podcasting News.

Once you have your podcast software correctly installed, go ahead and subscribe to our podcast by clicking on one of the following links:

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Or, copy and paste this URL into your podcasting tool:

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Or, if you are using iTunes, follow these detailed instructions:

  1. Launch iTunes.
  2. In the Advanced menu, select Subscribe To Podcast....
  3. Type the following into the window: http://www.bluegrass.com/podcast.xml and click OK.
  4. Click the Podcasts item on the left side of iTunes (under Source) to see your Podcast playlist, including the newly subscribed Planet Bluegrass Podcast.
  5. Next to the new podcast subscription, you will see an orange circle, which indicates that iTunes is downloading the most recent episode of the Planet Bluegrass Podcast.
  6. When the orange circle disappears, you will see a list of all the episodes of the Planet Bluegrass Podcast and a check next to the most recent episode, indicating that it has been successfully downloaded.
  7. Double-click on the episode to play it in iTunes.
  8. Press the Get button to download past episodes of the Planet Bluegrass Podcast.
  9. Future episodes of the Planet Bluegrass Podcast will appear in this list after they have been automatically downloaded by iTunes.

Individual Podcast Episodes

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Comments or Questions

Have ideas for future podcasts? Having problems subscribing to the podcast? We'd love to hear from you.