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Web Audio Listener's Guide

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  • Audio Archives and Podcasts of some KHSU programs are under
    development
    and should be available soon. Please stay tuned...thanks.

Question mark LISTENING ONLINE

  • What can I listen to online?
  • What does "live stream" mean?
  • What kind of hardware and software do I need to listen online?
  • What if I have a Macintosh Computer?
  • How do I listen online?
  • I'm having trouble connecting...what should I try first?
  • When I listen to a live stream, the sound cuts out. Why?
  • What does "80kbps" or "32k" refer to?
  • Are audio archives available for programs that I hear on KHSU?
Question mark PODCASTING
  • What is a podcast?
  • How are the podcasts different from your audio archives?
  • How do I get a podcast?
  • What archive are available from KHSU and where do I find them?
  • Where can I find other public radio podcasts?




LISTENING ONLINE
  • What can I listen to online?
    Currently, you can listen to a live stream of our on-air broadcast.
  • What does "live stream" mean?
    It's a real-time, continuous "stream" of digital audio accessed through the Internet, delivered simultaneous with, and identical to our on-air broadcast.

  • What kind of hardware and software do I need to listen online?
    • Hardware: You need a computer with a sound card and either speakers or headphones.
    • Software: You can use any of a variety of web audio / media players, available for download free.
      To listen to archived audio files, you'll need the RealPlayer.

    PC Media Player Downloads
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  • What if I have a Macintosh Computer?
    Here are links for Mac downloads: Quicktime | iTunes | RealPlayer

  • How do I listen online?
    • Live Stream: Click on the "Listen Live" button at the top of any page on this site, then select the appropriate link for your computer platform and media player.

  • I'm having trouble connecting...what should I try first?
    Firewall Restrictions: One of the first things to check is your firewall settings, which may need to be adjusted to allow you to connect & listen online.

  • When I listen to a live stream, the sound cuts out. Why?
    There are several possible explanations, though many times, it's not a problem with you OR us, but rather in the pipeline in between.
    • The amount of traffic on the internet, limitations in your Internet Service Provider's equipment, the processor speed of your computer, other tasks you're performing on your computer while listening, or which version of a media player you're using may all have an impact on the reliability and quality of the audio stream.
    • Your internet connection may be too slow for the stream you are trying to listen to, especially if you're listening while doing something else on the internet at the same time.
    • There may be temporary problems on the internet somewhere between our audio servers and your computer.
    • There may be a problem with your computer hardware or software.
  • What does "80kbps" or "32k" refer to?
    It indicates the 'bitrate' or kilobits per second (thousands of bits per second) a measure of bandwidth, or the amount of data that can flow at any given time on a data transmission medium.

  • Are audio archives available for programs that I hear on KHSU?
    Yes, archives of many of the programs we air are available on-demand. Click on a show title in our Program Grid or in the Program List and you'll see a show description, with a link to the program website where available.


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PODCASTING

  • Podcasts of some KHSU programs are under development and should be available soon. Please stay tuned...thanks.
  • What is a podcast?
    It's a downloadable audio file that can be delivered automatically to your computer. You can play the file whenever you like from your computer's hard drive, or you can transfer it to a portable audio player (such as an iPod) and listen wherever you like. Podcasts use a protocol called RSS that allows you to "subscribe" to a particular program, so that you can receive new installments automatically.

  • How are podcasts different from audio archives?
    • Podcast: With a podcast, you download the audio file to your computer, so you don't have to be connected to the Internet to listen to it. This allows you to transfer the file to a portable audio player (such as an iPod) and listen whenever and wherever you like.
    • Audio archives: With an archived audio file, you're playing the file from our server rather than downloading it to your computer, so you have to be connected to the Internet to listen to the file, and you can't transfer it to a portable audio player.
  • How do I get a podcast?
    First, you need to get podcasting software. There are a number of options, many of which are free. Once you've installed the podcast software, you'll need to set up subscriptions to the feeds you want to receive.

    Following are links to some of the most popular podcasting software.
  • Where can I find podcasts for other public radio shows?
    Following are links to a few of the many public radio networks or programs that offer podcasts.

    You can also find a good collection of links to public radio podcasts at PublicRadioFan or check out Pubcatcher to subscribe to podcast feeds of some of your favorite public radio programs.


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DIGITAL MEDIA GLOSSARY

Here's a brief glossary of terms to help you navigate the world of digital media.
  • Download
    A download is the transfer of files from a remote computer to your own computer. KHSU plans to offer audio files of some of our original programs in mp3 format soon. You'll be able to download these files onto your computer or portable audio player to play back whenever you wish.
  • Live Stream
    Our live stream enables you to listen to our broadcast on your computer, live and in real-time. We offer a live stream in mp3 format for listeners with high-speed Internet connections and in Windows Media format for dial-up users.
  • MP3
    MP3 is short for “MPEG Audio Layer-3,” a standardized digital encoding and compression format for audio files. It allows for efficient storage and distribution of sound recordings via the Web.
  • Podcasts
    A podcast is a Web feed of audio files that are available for subscription, enabling you to automatically receive new content when it's available. Software such as iTunes allow you to subscribe to and manage your podcasts, as well as transfer the files to your portable digital audio player.
  • Streaming
    Playing audio or video in real time as it is downloaded from the Internet, rather than storing it as a file on the receiving computer first. The word "stream" is also used as a verb, meaning to deliver streaming media.
  • Web Audio Player
    The most popular Web audio players include RealPlayer, Winamp, Windows Media Player, iTunes and Quicktime. They're used to listen to digital audio on your computer, including optical discs such as CDs and digital files such as mp3s.

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