Originally Posted by kentauros
I think RSS is a bit beyond me for truly understanding it
Just to explain RSS a bit more, because it's really cool, it's kind of like an email newsletter, if you will. You "subscribe" to an RSS feed (or many), and the content gets sent to you automatically whenever it's updated. Instead of using an email client (like Outlook), you use an RSS aggregator (some browsers have it integrated, or you can get a stand-alone client). It checks your "feeds" every few hours for new content, and downloads it. If it's a blog you're subscribed to, you get all the new posts. If it's a podcast (and your RSS client has the ability), it can automatically download the podcast to your computer.
RSS is great because if you have a whole bunch of news sites you like to read, you don't have to physically go to each one anymore, all the new stuff will already be on your computer and you can quickly skim through it without having to wait for it to load. Like an email client, it remembers which posts you've read, so you don't have to search through websites trying to find the new stuff, or read stuff twice because you forgot you already read it, etc.
For sites that don't get updated often, it's even better, because you always know which sites have new stuff without having to visit them.
To clarify "podcast," it's a bit of a misnomer. More correctly they'd be called "webcasts," but podcast has become too familiar. You don't need an iPod, you can listen on any mp3 player, but you don't even need that. They're usually just mp3 files, which means you can listen to them right on your computer or anything else that can play mp3s.