How to Load a Podcast Onto an MP3 Player Without Using iTunes
By Matt Koble
While iTunes makes it convenient to load your podcasts onto your iPod, the program isn't compatible with non-Apple MP3 players. As such, you may be scratching your head trying to figure out how to get those podcast files on your MP3 player. Even if you used iTunes to download the podcasts, you can still transfer them to your MP3 player by connecting the device to your Windows computer. Once connected, transferring is a simple matter of dragging and dropping your podcast files to the right location.
Download your podcast as you normally would, noting the download's location. Connect your MP3 player to your computer via USB. Your computer will recognize your MP3 player as an external drive.
Open Windows Explorer. In Desktop mode, click the Windows Explorer file folder icon on the taskbar. Click "Computer" in the navigation panel and double-click your MP3 player from Windows' list of drives to open it.
Locate and open the appropriate folder on your MP3 player. It may be titled "music," "MP3" or something similar. Consult your device's manual for the specific folder you add MP3 files to if you're unsure.
Right-click the taskbar's Windows Explorer icon and select "File Explorer" to open a new Windows Explorer window. In this window, navigate to the folder containing your podcast.
Click your podcast MP3 file to select it. Drag the podcast file over to the other Windows Explorer window that's open to your MP3 player and let go of your cursor. Wait while the file transfers. After the transfer completes, right-click the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon in the Windows system trey. Select the "Remove USB Device" option.
- Find a podcast file's location in iTunes by right-clicking the file and selecting "Show in Windows Explorer.
- Article written using Windows 8. Process varies using other operating systems.
Matt Koble has been writing professionally since 2008. He has been published on websites such as DoItYourself. Koble mostly writes about technology, electronics and computer topics.