Radio Podcast Help

How to download an MP3 podcast and make a CD

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CBeebies Radio

You can listen to the CBeebies Radio on the website or you can download the shows and take them away. Playing the shows over the internet is great and instant but not very portable around your house or for those long car journeys! Also, some shows may vanish off the site after a time.

This support page will take you through the options you have should you wish to download a show. If you are having problems with the website Radio Player, please do read our FAQs page and contact us.

What's a podcast & why would I need one?

A podcast is the BBC’s name for an audio show you can download from the internet, such as a CBeebies Radio show. It is a type of file called an MP3. Once you have downloaded a CBeebies Radio podcast, (which will be the MP3 file) you can keep it forever and play it again and again. The BBC podcast help page is also a good place for advice.

How to download a podcast – step by step

From the CBeebies Radio page, follow the ‘Download’ links and chose the show you wish to download.

  1. On your Microsoft Windows computer, right-click the link and choose ’Save Target As’ or ‘Save Link As’ from the drop-down menu.
    On an Apple computer you can click ‘Save File As’ from a drop down menu, or use their MP3 software.
  2. A ‘Save As’ dialog box will pop up and ask you where you’d like to save the file.
  3. Chose a place on your computer that you’ll remember. Many people create a special folder called Downloads, or even CBeebies podcasts and save every file in the same place.
    MP3 files can be pretty big and take up space on your computer, so you may wish to delete old ones after a while.
  4. You may wish to change the file name to something you’ll recognise.
    Sometimes files have very unhelpful names and it’s usually best to rename this to something more memorable to you, such as “rastamouse radio1-for jake.mp3”. Be careful not to change the three-letter file extension (.mp3, .exe, .zip, etc) because Windows needs this information.
  5. Then click the Save button.
  6. Once it’s on your computer you can usually play the file just by double clicking on the MP3 file. Alternatively, you could use your media player software and open it through that.
  7. Now it’s on your computer you can put it on other devices such as a CD or MP3 player to take it away.

For more information, BBC Webwise also offer help on downloading files.

How to subscribe to a podcast

Subscribing to CBeebies podcasts lets you automatically receive the latest release of your chosen CBeebies audio content as soon as it's available - keeping you and your little ones involved in the fun. You can subscribe and listen to a CBeebies podcast from the BBC podcast webpage using a variety of software. You can find more help on subscribing on the BBC podcast help page

How to make a CD

CBeebies podcasts are specially designed to entertain your little ones, at home or on the go. If you’d like to play a CBeebies podcast on your home stereo, or in a car’s CD player - you can move your saved files onto a CD.

Confusing terms

Before we get started here are some confusing words you may hear about CDs. Don’t let them put you off!

  • The act of making a CD is often called ‘burning’ or ‘writing’.

  • There are two types of CD you can make :

    1. An audio CD – this type converts the computer files into a CD for traditional music CD players. You’ll need to make this type for a traditional stereo.
    2. A data CD – which stores files just as your computer would such as .MP3, .docs

  • You can get CD-ROMS; CD-Rs; or CD RW.
    1. A CD-R is a CD-Recordable is ideal for putting your podcasts. Especially for making an audio CD for your music CD player.
    2. A CD-RW is a rewritable CD. It means it can be used more than once, but is often not compatible with audio CD players such as in your car.
    3. A CD-ROM is a read-only memory disk so you cannot put files on to it. You can only play it.

    How to make a CD

    Next we’ll tell you how to make an audio CD for you to take those fun podcasts away and use them when you’re on the go. The ‘audio CD’ option should work in a normal music CD players.

    Before we start

    You will need a computer that has a CD player disk drive that is capable of making a CD. Most new computers have this. Take a moment to check – there may be a little CD R or CD RW icon on a CD tray.

    Very often, when you put a blank CD in the drive, your computer will ask you what you wish to do with it. You can follow these ‘burn an audio CD’ instructions. If this did not happen, you could burn a CD in a piece of free software such as Windows Media Player, Apple iTunes or others.

    Making an audio CD in Windows

    1. Put a blank recordable (writable) CD into the computer’s CD disk drive (tray).
    2. Open Windows Media Player, and click the ‘Burn’ tab.
    3. Select your downloaded podcasts. Either one at a time, or all at once. Drag and drop items from your library into the Burn List on the right in Windows Media Player.
    4. When your list is complete, click Start Burn. The software will tell you how many podcasts you can fit on a CD (about 10) and when it has finished.

    The process for Apple is similar but it may use iTunes instead of Windows Media Player. iTunes can up downloaded or upgraded for free from Apple. Windows Media player is usually supplied with Windows but you download it or upgrade it for free from Microsoft

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