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Podcast resources

Here's a 1 minute explanation of podcasting.

A podcast is a digital media file, or a series of files, that are distributed over the Internet for playback on smart phones, portable media players and personal computers.

Quite simply, a podcast is a collection of audio files, such as MP3, residing at a unique web address.

People can "subscribe" to this podcast feed by submitting the web address to an 'aggregator' - software that runs on the consumer's computer, such as iTunes or NewsGator. When new "episodes" of the podcast become available, they are automatically downloaded to that user's computer.

Unlike radio or streaming content on the web, podcasts are not real-time. The material is pre-recorded and users can check out the material at their leisure, offline.

Although podcasters web sites may also offer direct download or streaming of their content, a podcast is distinguished from other digital media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically, using an aggregator or feed reader capable of reading feed formats such as RSS.

Currently, many millions of people world-wide subscribe to podcasts, a figure that is growing exponentially year-on-year.

As B2B magazine observed - "Podcasts are often more effective at cutting through the clutter than traditional text-based communications. Podcasts are ideally suited for today's multi-tasking lifestyle".