How to Hear Podcasts on a Kindle

by Mike Venture

Amazon's Kindle electronic reading device can be a business traveler's best friend. Not only can it store thousands of books, you can also read periodicals, surf the Web and even listen to audio files such as podcasts through its basic audio player.

Kindle Keyboard, Kindle DX or Kindle Second Generation

1

Download the podcast to your computer. Note the file extension of the podcast.

2

Connect the Kindle to your computer via USB cable.

3

Click the Start button, then "Computer" to open a Windows Explorer window. The Kindle will be listed under "Devices with Removable Storage." Double-click it.

4

Double-click "Audible" if the podcast has a AA or AAC extension. Double-click "Music" if the podcast has a MP3 extension.

5

Drag and drop the podcast file onto an empty area of the Windows Explorer window.

6

Disconnect the Kindle from the computer.

7

Press the "Home" button, then the "Menu" button. Use the 5-way controller to move to and select "Experimental."

8

Use the 5-way controller to move to and select "Play MP3." One of the audio files on the device will begin to play. Press "Alt-F" until the podcast you want to hear begins playing.

Kindle Touch

1

Download the podcast to your computer. Note the podcast's file extension.

2

Connect the Kindle to your computer via USB cable.

3

Click the Start button, then "Computer" to open a Windows Explorer window. The Kindle will be listed under "Devices with Removable Storage." Double-click it.

4

Double-click "Audible" if the podcast's file extension is AA or AAC. Double-click "Music" if the podcast has an MP3 extension.

5

Drag and drop the podcast file onto an empty area of the Windows Explorer window.

6

Disconnect the Kindle from the computer.

7

Press the "Home" button, then the "Menu" button.

8

Tap "Experimental," then "MP3 Player." An MP3 player with standard controls will open.

Kindle First Generation

1

Download the podcast to your computer. Note the extension of the podcast file.

2

Connect the Kindle to your computer via USB cable.

3

Click the Start button, then "Computer" to open a Windows Explorer window. The Kindle will be listed under "Devices with Removable Storage." Double-click it.

4

Double-click "Audible" if the podcast has a AA or AAC file extension. Double-click "Music" if it has an MP3 extension.

5

Drag and drop the podcast file onto an empty area of the Windows Explorer window.

6

Disconnect the Kindle from the computer.

7

Press the "Home" button. Use the selection wheel to select "Menu," then "Experimental," then "Play Music." One of the audio files on the device will begin to play.

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About the Author

Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mike Venture has been writing since 2005. He has written for the RAND Corporation, Sterling & Ross Publishers and Metropol Literary Agency. He has also worked as a technical writer at several software start-ups. Venture holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh.

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