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What is a Podcast?

Q: What is a podcast?


A: A podcast is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are downloaded through web syndication. These audio broadcasts are available for downloading from a website to a personal computer or other device like an iPod. More specifically these files are delivered via an RSS feed over the Internet and designed for playback on computers or portable digital audio players. A podcast is basically an Internet radio show.

Podcasts usually appear in downloadable episodes and feature a host and a theme. The term “podcasting” was first suggested by Ben Hammersley in a February 2004 article in The Guardian newspaper. It’s a mixture of the words “iPod,” as in Apple’s portable media player, and “broadcasting.” We think it’s quite fitting.

Many people subscribe to podcasts and they can keep up with the recently released episodes from podcatchers (e.g., iTunes, Zune, Juice, and Winamp), which are used to automatically identify and download new files in the series when they are released.

The great thing about a podcast is that anyone can make one. You don’t have to be a professional radio host or any sort of celebrity to have your very own podcast. Podcasts are an easy and convenient way to voice your opinion, speak you mind and get your name out there on the Web. Check out How to Make a Podcast for quick instructions and tips.

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