Some students who miss classes at Purdue University in Indiana no longer have to bug classmates to fill them in on what they missed. Instead, they can download audio files of class lectures to their MP3 players or personal computers using the school's new podcasting service.

BoilerCast has logged 533 downloads in its first week, although only about 50 of the university's 2,500-plus tenured, tenure-track, and adjunct faculty members had signed up one of their classes for the service at press time, according to Michael Gay, manager of Broadcast Networks and Services for Purdue's information technology department....

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