An RSS feed enables the web to come to you. No longer do you have to visit a website to check if there updates. With an RSS feed you are automatically notified of the latest changes. An RSS feed is just a special kind of web page, designed to be read by computers rather than people. On the Faraday site we have RSS feeds for:
Firstly, in order to take advantage of this feature on the Faraday site, you need to have a broadband connection, as some of the audio files are quite large. You then need a "news reader" to "subscribe" to the RSS feed. The news reader then manages the RSS feed, notifying you of the available audio files and any changes.
There are many different news readers, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. Browser-based news readers let you catch up on RSS feed subscriptions from any computer. For example, Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for RSS feeds for you when you visit a website. Downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer. For example, RSS Reader or iTunes. In the case of iTunes, you can synchronise the audio files with an iPod, enabling you to listen to the audio files away from your PC. This is also known as Podcasting.
Once you have chosen a news reader, you can subscribe to the RSS feed in various ways, including dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news readers. In the case of iTunes, open up iTunes and go to the "Advanced" menu, select "Subscribe to Podcast" and then enter the URLs above into the box.