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Most of the media files ever published on the website (other than the ones defined as members-only) are available to a potentially international audience, at no cost, through Apple's iTunes store.
You do not need an iPod or other portable music player to listen to podcasts. If you're reading this now, you probably have everything you need to listen to our podcasts, with the possible exception of the free iTunes software.

For those new to podcasts, don't worry it's really simple. Just follow these 4 easy steps:

1) Download and install iTunes for Windows or Mac (it's free) from

2) Click on the podcast man symbol above (Professor Plum!) , which will take you to our area of the iTunes store.
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3) You can listen online to talks by double-clicking their title, OR if you click on the 'subscribe' symbol on the iTunes page the latest episode (ie talk) will be downloaded to your pc, and you can also choose to download another four recent recordings.

The advantage of subscribing is that when you run iTunes in future it will visit the store to look for new episodes, automatically downloading any that it finds. There are hundreds of other free godcasts available on iTunes, including those from Holy Trinity Brompton, Bethel in Redding and so on. (And thousands of secular podcasts. Go play!)
4) Once downloaded to your pc you can listen to the talks whilst offline, and/or download to an iPod or other mp3 player.

More Advanced Use
If you use the iTunes method above you will only get access to files which are available to guest visitors to the River website. You'd actually be better off  asking the iTunes software (or your preferred podcast software) to monitor the River media pages directly. Do this using iTunes as follows:

1) Go to the River Media page (click here), make sure you are logged in, right-click the orange 'XML' box at the top of the page and then select 'Copy Shortcut' (Internet Explorer) or 'Copy Link Location' (Firefox).

2) Go to the iTunes 'Advanced Menu' and then select 'Subscribe to Podcast...'  Paste the shortcut (URL) you copied in step 1 into the next window, then click OK.

3) iTunes will now show the most recent recordings from the River Media pages, whether they are private or public, for you to download as required. Subsequently it will also keep you up to date with all newly added files, as described above.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you are having problems with any of this!

Tim Nelson, 10/10/2006

Tim Nelson 10/10/2006 23:43
If you have an iTunes store logon, please post a very positive review of the River podcast on the site there so that we get bumped up the popularity charts and maybe even get 'featured' alongside HTB, Hillsongs and the rest.
Andrew van Renen 12/10/2006 08:15
Good move Tim. I have had this in the back of my mind to do for a while (but noone gave me a round tuit!). Well done.
Jonny Keys 25/10/2006 01:52
I am downloading now, this is awesome means i can listen to y'all even all the way over hear!

I shall add a review asap.
Bryan Allen 09/03/2007 05:42
Hi this is the Allens about 5000 miles away. Can I be a rebel and not use iTunes? Is there another simple way? Or should I just go to the media page and download the mp3 files direct? (I am doing that now and will pop it on my Palm to listen to when I am travelling)