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What is a podcast?

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Podcasting is a form of digital audio broadcasting, an audio form of a blog. The word 'podcast' derives from a combination of 'iPod' and 'broadcast'.

 

A University of Stanford research group defines a podcast as:

"a digital audio or video file that is: episodic; downloadable; programme driven, mainly with a host and/or theme; and convenient, usually via an automated feed with computer software." Terms associated with podcasting are: non-streamed broadcasting; digital media files; web feed; aggregator; blog; RSS".

 

How does it work?

An audio or video file is created on the internet and can be downloaded at any time to a computer or a portable music player. You can subscribe to RSS feeds that automatically download updated podcasts to your computer. There are many useful resources on the web that show how podcasting works.

 

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