Monday, June 25, 2007



What is podcasting?

Podcasting is a way of delivering audio over the Internet. It’s something like Internet radio, with the difference being that you can subscribe to a podcast, have it downloaded, and listen to it at any time you wish.

Where can I listen to a podcast?

Although the word ‘podcasting’ is derived from ‘iPod’ and ‘broadcasting’, you don’t need an iPod to listen to a podcast. All you need is the requisite software, and you can listen to a podcast on any computer that has the software.

Why is podcasting an interesting development?

Podcasting is sort of like Internet radio with the added benefit that you can listen to the show any time you want. It allows individuals to distribute shows over the Internet. While it’s not possible for any individual to walk into a radio station and demand a certain broadcast, any individual with the right equipment can do a podcast.

How does podcasting work?

You can subscribe to a podcast using a software called a podcatcher. The system uses the format called RSS 2.0 (or RDF XML) with enclosures (the podcast is the enclosed data). This issomewhat similar to the RSS feeds on the Internet many of us subscribe to.

When did podcasting first become popular?

It’s possible that the first use of the term ‘podcasting’ was in an article by Ben Hammersley in The Guardian on February 12, 2004. By October 2004, detailed howto- podcast articles had begun to appear online.

Who can podcast?

Anyone! With the right software and minimal hardware requirements, that is. Just Google “How do I create a podcast” and find the answers!

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