Listen to podcasts and other audio files using Gmail

By Mark O’Neill

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One of the most overlooked features in Gmail, in my opinion, is the built-in MP3 player. It’s a stripped down version of the Google video player and it actually works extremely well.

I have started to listen to a lot of podcasts on the net, mainly news and German learning courses, and sometimes when I am out and about, I want to listen to one of them. But if I am using someone else’s computer, I can’t just decide on my own initiative to download Winamp or iTunes. This is where Gmail’s MP3 player comes riding in to save the day.

Before leaving home, if you think that you may want to listen to a podcast while you’re out, just email the MP3 file to your Gmail account.

Then just open the email, click on “play” (watch you don’t click “download” accidently!) and a small pop-up window will open with the player. It will then immediately start to load and play.

For it to work, you will need the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed on the computer.

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15 Responses to Listen to podcasts and other audio files using Gmail

  1. What would be really useful is a way to automatically have podcasts delivered to my email. Anyone?

    • Just click on the RSS button to subscribe to the podcast and then use a RSS to email service such as ZapTXT – http://zaptxt.com or RSSfwd – http://www.rssfwd.com/ to have that sent on to your email address.

      Granted, that will only send the RSS post notification onto your email – it WON'T download the podcast to your email ready for listening. It can't download the podcast unprompted to your email because at the very least it would need your password and probably FTP access.

  2. What would be really useful is a way to automatically have podcasts delivered to my email. Anyone?

    • Just click on the RSS button to subscribe to the podcast and then use a RSS to email service such as ZapTXT – http://zaptxt.com or RSSfwd – http://www.rssfwd.com/ to have that sent on to your email address.

      Granted, that will only send the RSS post notification onto your email – it WON'T download the podcast to your email ready for listening. It can't download the podcast unprompted to your email because at the very least it would need your password and probably FTP access.

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