First, a quick rundwn on the terminology:
* Rip: To copy the music from a CD to your computer, from which you can play it, burn it to CD, or transfer it to a portable device.
* Burn: To save music or data to a CD or DVD.
* Record: Some use it an a synonym to burn, but it usually referrs to saving audio/video, such as from podcasts or streaming internet radio.
Thus, you'll want to record the podcast to your computer, burn it to CD so you can listen to it on the go, and rip your CD collection to play on an MP3 player.
Next, the methods:
* Ripping can be done by numerous free and costly programs, but I simply use Windows Media Player, as I already have it and it does the job well.
* Burning: Sonic RecordNow is what came with your computer, though you can use an alternative if you like.
* Recording...continue reading.
There are two ways to record streaming audio. The first is to use a program that simply records the radio station or podcast directly. The best one, to my knowledge, is Replay Audio, which can record internet radio, podcasts, internet TV, and more from hundreds of thousands of sources. (It costs $50 after the free trial, but based on the reviews is worth every penny.) You can also click here for similar programs available from Cnet's own download.com.
The other is to play the internet radio/podcast on your computer, then record the audio as it passes through your sound card. The way to do this is to go to Radio Shack or your local electronics department and pick up an audio cable that will let you connect the line out and line in audio ports on your computer. This will pump what's coming through your speakers into the microphone jack. Then, use the free program Audacity to record it. (There is a nice tutorial available on their website.) It's a little more difficult to do and it's not automated like with the recording software, but it's cheap (the cable costs about $3) and gets the job done.
Finally, I must end by noting that recording internet radio, podcasts, etc may not be legal in all countries (though I can't think of any off hand), so you should check your local laws before proceeding. In addition, some companies/stations/podcasters prohibit the recording of their broadcasts, so be sure to check first.
Hope this helps,
What do I need to get a podcast (mp3) onto a cd to listen to it at my convenience elsewhere than online?
I have Real Player, I have WMP; I have Record Now. I am so confused. All these words "rip" "burn" "record" Gosh. Can anyone set me straight? I dont want to be downloading additional software onto my laptop unless I really need it - even if it's free. Thank You.