View Full Version : What is a PodCast and why does everybody expect me to know what it is?

06-13-2006, 03:19 PM
Simple question. An answer would be apreciated!

06-13-2006, 03:32 PM
I think they are downloadable mp3s that you can play on your Ipod. I could be wrong.

06-13-2006, 03:43 PM
arent downloaded mp3s, just mp3s?

Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multimedia) files, such as audio programs or music videos, over the Internet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet) using either the RSS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_%28file_format%29) or Atom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom_%28standard%29) syndication (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_syndication) formats, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. The term podcast, like 'radio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio)', can mean both the content and the method of delivery. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster. Podcasters' web sites may also offer direct download (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Download) or streaming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streaming_media) of their files; a podcast however is distinguished by its ability to be downloaded automatically using software capable of reading RSS or Atom feeds.
Usually a podcast features one type of 'show', with new episodes released either sporadically or at planned intervals such as daily or weekly. In addition, there are podcast networks that feature multiple shows on the same feed.
Podcasting's essence is about creating content (audio or video) for an audience that wants to listen or watch when they want, where they want, and how they want.

06-13-2006, 03:55 PM
Thanks Tucker, I am still very confused but thats due more to my technical illiteracy.

06-13-2006, 04:04 PM
just go to google or wiki