CHICAGO (Wednesday, May 25, 2005) - ussoccer.com's comprehensive coverage of the U.S. National Teams has added a new medium to its lineup of exclusive online content, debuting "podcasting" this week to provide fans the opportunity to download exclusive audio clips - including detailed interviews and other features - covering their favorite national team coaches and players. U.S. Soccer will be consistently adding podcasting content for fans to download and listen "on the go" or "at their computers."
U.S. Soccer's debut podcast is now available for download and features an exclusive seven-minute interview with Earnie Stewart discussing his recent retirement from professional soccer after 17 years. In addition to the Stewart interview, you can listen to a "Center Circle" feature interview with Conor Casey discussing the CD's he would want with him if he was stranded on a desert island. The "Desert Island Discs" feature with the former U.S. Olympian is an accompaniment to Center Circle, ussoccer.com's cutting-edge monthly e-magazine.
If you are new to the world of podcasting, you can get started in no time. Users can log onto ussoccer.com and download the audio content directly, or they can sign up for automatic downloads.
Here is a quick primer on podcasting (updated July 2005):
- Install podcast client software, such as iTunes.
- Subscribe to the feeds you want, such as U.S. Soccer's at http://podcast.ussoccer.com/
- Automatically receive downloads of new content as it is published to the server.
- Listen to the audio files from your computer or load them onto your portable music player and listen on the go.
- Enjoy the unique, behind-the-scenes content that only ussoccer.com provides.
For answers to some Frequently Asked Questions to help get you started, see below:
What is Podcasting?
Podcasting or "audio blogging" can be described as "broadcasting to your Philips MP3 player, iPod or other equivalent devices." It is a way of publishing audio files (usually in .MP3 format) to the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed and automatically receive any new audio files as they are made available. Users subscribe to podcasts using a podcast client (also known as "podcatching" software or "aggregators"), which checks subscribed feeds and downloads new content as it becomes available.
Do I need an iPod to listen to the content?
Podcasting does not require an iPod - or any portable music player for that matter (although we recommend Philips MP3 players). Any digital audio player or computer with the appropriate software can play podcasts. Users with portable music players can set them up to sync with their aggregators to place downloaded audio files onto their portable music players automatically, so they can listen to the content away from their desktop.
Where can I download "podcatching" software?
With iTunes 4.9 you can now browse, find, sample and subscribe to thousands of free podcasts then sync them to your portable music player of choice and listen anytime, anywhere.
How do I subscribe to the U.S. Soccer feed?
If you already have podcasting client software installed and just want to add a subscription to the U.S. Soccer feed, the URL for it is: http://podcast.ussoccer.com/
Our feed is also listed in the iTunes Podcast Directory as "U.S. Soccer" (in the "Sports" category) - iTunes Music Store URL.
How much does it cost?
Absolutely nothing - the software is free and U.S. Soccer's podcasting content is free.