06 Aug How Podcasting Works
Have you ever dreamt of having your own radio show? Before the internet came into the picture, you can be a recording artist only when you have a lot of connections in the radio industry. No matter how good you are with your skills, without proper connections, you will not be able to get into the business. But ever since the internet came into the picture, anyone can do anything they want with just a click of a button. You can develop connections with millions of people instantaneously, and you can bring your dream of being a radio jockey alive.
For those who don’t really know much about podcasting let us first understand what podcasting means?
Podcasting is more of a free service that allows users who are on the internet to listen to audio files from various podcasting websites on the internet and listen to them on their personal computers. The word podcasting is basically the combination of iPod and broadcasting. Now you might be wondering since the word is derived from iPod, you might require an iPod for this podcasting, but you don’t really need an iPod to listen to a Podcast. All you need is a portable media player on your PC. All you have to do is download the podcast, or you can subscribe which will automatically download the podcast for you.
How it all started?
In the year 2004, an MTV video jockey named Adam Curry and Dave Winer who happened to be a software developer wrote a program called the iPodder. The program which they wrote allowed them to download all their favourite radio broadcasts onto their iPod automatically. A few other software developers added more ideas on this and podcasting was born. Adam Curry hosts a show named The Daily Source Code which is a popular show on the internet.
You don’t need a licence to broadcast your program, and it is free from all government regulations. You also don’t have to make your content go through FCC, which means that you can listen to almost anything on a podcast.
How do you listen to a Podcast?
If you want to listen to a Podcast, you will have to first go to a Podcasting site and then click on the hyperlink for the podcast you want to listen. If you want you can listen to the podcast right on your computer, or you can download the podcast you want to the portable media player and listen to it later. You are also allowed to subscribe to one or more RSS feed. Your Podcast software is designed in such a way that it will check the feed on the RSS on a regular interval and it will pull content which will match your playlist. The software then updates your playlist with the latest content.