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What is a Podcast?

Updated on April 27, 2008

Podcasting for Beginners

A podcast is a digital media file which is fed to your computer. Digital media meaning audio or video, can be stored on your computer to either watch or listen at your convenience.

Most people think they need an mp3 player or an iPod to listen to a podcast. This is untrue. Music and videos can be copied from your computer to your mp3 or iPod if you want to listen to them on the go, but you don't need one of these players to enjoy one at home.

Surprisingly, there are a lot of people who are unfamiliar with podcasts. Some of the most internet savvy users have heard of podcasts, yet they've never actually made use of them.

Did you know that every day thousands of people type "what is a podcast?" into their search engine? While they have been around for quite some time, people who do not use the internet on a daily basis are not consistently exposed to them. It's only natural for them to pose the question.

As of recently, television news anchors and commentators have been utilizing podcasts to summarize their shows, concerns and reach out to a broader (maybe even younger) audience. Even Larry King has decided to podcast his shows! It just goes to show that anyone can benefit from using podcasts. It really doesn't matter how old you are.

Suppose you have a song, poem, or short film that you created. There it is, sitting on your home computer, unlikely to be heard or seen by anyone. Have you ever thought about utilizing podcasts to receive the recognition you deserve?

Every day internet savvy users all over the world use podcasts to share news, opinions, music and silly videos to express their talent. What makes you different than the rest of the world? If you have a talent or a passion about something, share it with the rest of the world!

You're probably wondering who uses podcasts. Well, you may be surprised. Adolescents, college students, religious organizations, educational organizations and even senior citizens have embraced them.

Since the introduction of podcasts in 2004, the global internet community has been a much happier place! Listeners and creators of podcasts are fanatical about their hobby. They want to leave a dent on the world, their mark. The internet has proven to be a place to obtain recognition.

One of the most fantastic things about podcasts is that they're generally educational. For years we've heard that our generation is destructive, dumb and lazy. With podcasts we can show those baby boomers that we're interested in art, news, politics and environmental issues.

Instead of writing a journal or blog about our feelings, we can now express it with audio and video capabilities. Then we can share these ideas with the world. There's power in numbers and positive social change can occur with the help of networking.

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      GeneriqueMedia 9 years ago from Earth

      Very good topic, well put information. However, it could use some more media. ;)

      Ever heard of AskANinja? This video is funny as heck, and also..attempts to explain "pod" casting. ;)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEmss2lg-ug

      G|M

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