In recent years, the word ‘podcasting’ has begun to spring up more and more.  With more and more people becoming fascinated with this term and wanting to know what it’s about, I figured it’s only fair to provide a definition.

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…the syndication of audio files using RSS. Podcasting works the same as a standard RSS feed reader or news aggregator, the only difference is that the feed you subscribe to contains an audio file in it. Instead of reading content in your RSS feed reader or aggregator, you can listen to the contents of your feed using a reader or aggregator that supports podcasting, or you can listen to them on an iPod or similar device. While podcasting was named for the iPod, you do not have to have an iPod to listen to a podcast. Podcasts can be displayed on websites with clickable links to audio files and many of the standard RSS readers, like FeedDemon’s latest beta, have begun supporting audio enclosures.

When Would I Use Podcasting?

People use podcasting for various reasons.  Think of it like having an mp3 player or cd player.  Podcasting is great because you can take the audio with you wherever you go.  This allows you to keep up with your favorite talk shows or other television shows.  It is also ideal for people who are trying to learn something.  For example, podcasting can be used to help you improve your yoga stances or pilates stances.  You can use podcasting to help tell stories to your children at bedtime.  Lastly, you can go for on a guided museum tour or follow a fitness routine, not to mention the fact that podcasting is great for those who are visually impaired!

5 Great Sites to Check Out

  1. Podcast Alley
  2. Liberated Syndication
  3. Podomatic

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