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Podcast + Videocast Essential Training
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with: Garrick Chow
Running Time: 5 hours

 

The word podcast was selected as the 2005 Word of the Year by the editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary. The word was actually in the running for word of the year in 2004 but it was determined that not enough people were using it or even familiar with the concept of podcasting. But things really picked up in 2005 and podcasting became an important enough word to become word of the year, at least in the eyes of New Oxford American Dictionary.


They define a podcast as a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player, which is a pretty good definition. Some people have criticized the term podcast as giving Apple computer too much credit and have tried to suggest alternative terms like blog casting or audio blogging. Those just don't roll off the tongue like podcasting does. The word podcast itself is a combination of the words broadcast and iPod. Both the terms, broadcast and iPod, are a little misleading because you don't need an iPod or any portable music player to listen to a podcast and a podcast itself is not broadcast at all, at least not in the traditional sense of it going out over radio waves.

  • To listen to a podcast, you need a computer with an Internet connection
  • You don't need an iPod or any portable music player to listen to podcasts
  • Downloadable audio files are sometimes called podcasts
  • True podcasts allow users to subscribe to "feeds" to automatically receive new episodes of the show

Podcast "feeds" are the real advantage of subscribing to a podcast. You the listener don't have to worry about checking a website or several websites for the latest podcast. Rather, they are downloaded automatically when a new episode is released. You can listen to any show, any time and if you have a portable player, anywhere you want.

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