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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.
What is a podcast? by Ethos Consultancy NZ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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