What's a podcast?
Imagine if you could combine the concept of TiVo, iPod, Radio, and the internet.
Well, Podcasting does just that! It's a technology that allows you to subscribe to an audio program or radio show on the internet. The podcasts you subscribe to are automatically downloaded to your computer for you to enjoy at your convenience, whenever and wherever you choose. Just like radio and television, the shows are free of charge.
Most people download and listen to these shows on an MP3 player such as Apple's iPod., and thus the name 'Podcasting' was given to this growing phenomenon. Programs can also be listened to on nearly any computer that can play an MP3 file.
Podcasting is the future of mobile audio content delivery, and puts the listener in charge of deciding when, where and how they are going to listen to the show. There are several free podcast receivers that will check for and download all your favorite content at the touch of a button. Using a podcasting client such as iTunes, or iPodder users can subscribe to podcasts, and receive new shows as they are published, without having to remember to visit websites and check for updates. The magic of podcasting is that new episodes of the shows are automatically retrieved when they become available. Systems can easily be configured to automatically transfer the podcasts to your iPod or mp3 player of your choice, burn them to CD or play them directly on your computer, phone or mobile device.
Many large corporations like Disney, CNN, ESPN, ABC, and many, many others now have podcasts of their own. However, Podcasting makes it possible for ANYONE (even you!) to record their thoughts or music and share it all with the world. No expensive broadcast transmitters or FCC lisence necessary! There are over 10,000 podcasts available and that number grows everyday. There are podcasts devoted to just about anything you can imagine. If you are interested in it, there is probably a podcast about it...and if not, then you can start one!
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