What is a Podcast?

Strictly speaking, a podcast is a portmanteau of iPod and Broadcast and originates from the time people used to download non-music programmes to their iPods.

The dictionary says : "A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer, or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically."

And perhaps a friendlier definition is that it’s : "all of your favorite blogs, shows, and topics (some you didn’t even know you’d enjoy!) wrapped up in a huge hub of recordings (Apple Podcasts, etc) that you can explore, download and listen to whenever you want. In the car, at work, at home, in the gym, anywhere. If you can Google it, there’s probably a Podcast about it! "

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Many more definitions from podcast users :

  • Audio on demand.
  • Online on-demand pre-recorded talk radio show where you can find someone talking about most subjects under the sun. A lot of times the hosts (and guests) are everyday people sharing their expertise and experiences.
  • Radio for your phone.
  • Free, online talk show on any topic you can imagine.
  • It’s a way to have audio content for specific subjects delivered to a device so it’s easy to access.
  • It’s downloadable niche talk radio.
  • A pre-recorded radio show that is essentially on-demand on a multitude of platforms for consumption. It’s something that can either be vague or very specific in one’s interests.
  • It’s like Netflix for audio.
  • Downloadable radio on every subject imaginable!
  • Audio entertainment anywhere, anytime, about anything.
  • Audio discussions about any subject you can think of and you can listen to them anytime that works for you.
  • Downloadable talk radio – but you ultimately choose the topics that you want to listen to.
  • On-demand audio recording focused on a specific theme or story, usually updated frequently.
  • Audio books for blogs.
  • An audio version of a blog that you can listen to anywhere
  • An audio show that you usually can’t find on the normal radio because it serves a niche, meaning really interesting to YOU.
  • The equivalent of self publishing your book. It allows everyday people with great ideas to publish their ideas or thoughts in an audio format for others to enjoy with out having to go through traditional media like radio.

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