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What is a podcast

I think if you got this far, you already know what a podcast. In case you stumbled here by accident, or because they are my friends and I had to store the link to the site, here is a brief explanation of what a podcast is.

All information is taken from wikipedia .

Podcasting is a system that allows you to automatically download audio and video resources, called podcasts, using a program (a "client") free of charge called an aggregator or feeder.

A podcast is a digital recording of audio or video can be downloaded automatically by a special program, made available on the Internet to anyone who subscribes to a regular delivery.

What is it and how does it work

To receive a podcast, you need:

* Any media connected to the Internet (a PC, for example)
* A special client program (often free)
* With a local supplier of podcasts (often free)

A podcast works like a subscription to a periodical publication, using a metaphor: support connected to the Internet is the mailbox, the client is the postman, and the provider of podcasts is the publishing house. The subscriber receives regular publications, and can hear them or see them in the ways and times that are more congenial.

To enjoy the podacsting you must first install a simple free software (eg iTunes, Juice or Doppler), and then select the podcasts of interest. The software, with the frequency determined by the user, it connects to the internet and check what files were published by the sites to which you have subscribed, if it is new, it downloads them. The notification of the publication of new editions via an RSS feed exchanged between the site of the producer and the user's program.

The podcasts can then be listened to at any time since the copy of the file, once downloaded automatically remains on the subscriber's computer. In this way, it is not necessary any active operation by the user. In addition, unlike the online radio streaming, podcasts do not necessarily require an internet connection during the listening phase, but only during the download: it lets you enjoy the podcast off-line or in terms of mobility.

In practice, a podcast is like a radio or TV (in the case of video podcasts) but when you want available for free on the internet. You can get active episodes and listen to / watch them whenever you want and wherever you want (mp3 player, PC, TV etc. Etc.).

In addition to the famous iTunes, other aggregators free for Windows are:

Want to experience the thrill of listening to a podcast? Ok, you can begin by Nissardo :-) or listen to an episode in Italian that explains what podcasts are and how to use them: Episode 01 by Turtle Technology ( reference site ).

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One Response to "What is a Podcast"

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Kittys wrote a comment on November 10, 2006

Hello Nissardo,
since you've been kind enough to link to my podcast in your site it seemed to me at least the minimum to come to you a little visit and I must say that I really liked ...
A good make!
Now I try to download your podcast and ....
Hello hello
Kittys

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