America Online has upgraded its podcasting support with the introduction of two new features. The first, Podcasting 101, is a step-by-step instruction guide to introduce podcasting to newcomers. The s

America Online has upgraded its podcasting support with the introduction of two new features.

The first, Podcasting 101, is a step-by-step instruction guide to introduce podcasting to newcomers. The service aggregates several of the most popular podcasts from the AOL service and allows first-time users to sample a one-time only episode, as opposed to subscribing to each. In addition, AOL now allows users to listen in on streamed podcasts via AOL Radio’s new Podcast station, bypassing the download option altogether.

AOL also said it will soon add a dedicated podcast search engine to the AOL Search portal. The company has licensed the Podscope search engine from TVEyes, which uses Spoken Word Indexing to filter podcast programming based on user-generated keywords.