What Is A Podcast?


What Is A Podcast?

A "podcast" is a buzzword to describe a very simple concept: an audio or video file available on the Internet for you to listen to and/or watch. A podcast can also refer to a series of these audio or video files (similar to how a TV or radio "show" can be a series of shows or just one show.) When using the word "podcast", most people refer to the entire series and not just one audio or video file.

Audio and video files have been made available on the Internet for years. Why is a podcast different?

Break PODCAST down into two parts. First the POD: you can either listen to a podcast on your computer or transfer it to your portable audio/video device, which means that file is Portable, and it's On-Demand because you can listen to or watch it when you want, where you want. The CAST means the file is sent out to you over the Internet, in the way a "broadcast" comes to you over the radio or TV airwaves. But instead of using a radio or TV, with podcasts you use a computer connected to the Internet, and on that computer you have a program that allows you to subscribe to, manage, and listen to or watch your favorite podcasts.

(The above was taken from Podcast.com)

The podcasts on this site all originate as live broadcasts and then are turned into MP3 files for download after the initial airing. You can either download these files directly from the site, or allow a podcatcher (such as iTunes) to download them automatically. Just click on the links in the "Subscribe" panel on the left - the "iTunes" link will open up our page in iTunes, and the "RSS" link will be the RSS feed you would insert into your own podcatcher or blogroll.