Why Podcast?

IPOD + BROADCASTING = PODCAST

The name can be misleading. The term “podcast” is actually controversial. Needing an iPod is not crucial when listening to a podcast. Podcasts are simply media files. They can be audio or video. They can be music or speaking. Podcasts are very broad. You are able to access podcasts on many different forms. Podcasts are available on computers, laptops, iPads, or media players.

Merriam Webster defines “podcast” as: a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet.

The most attractive part of a podcast is that it is portable. You are able to listen to the audio you want, whenever or wherever you want too. Whether you are on a run, driving in the car, or sitting at a café, you have access. This is with the help of portable devices. Another attractive element is that being a podcaster is open to the public. Anyone is able to create, upload, and share. There are certain websites that give you the opportunity to produce a podcast. Podcasts can be about anything. Similar to a radio show, there are unlimited topics. Podcasts can be about news, love, comedy, music, art, or just about anything. Famous Podcasts by Digital Trends Never heard a podcast? Wanting to listen a podcast worth your while? Well, www.digitaltrends.com rated the best 100 radio podcasts. Below you will find the winners:

News- Interested in hearing the global news? BBC World Service is known as one of the most popular podcasts to access news from around the world. BBC posts two podcasts a day about the most current news. The podcasts include interviews and updates that are happening. BBC can be subscribed and downloaded through iTunes. Comedy- One of most popular comedy podcasts is known to WTF with Marc Maron. Maron posts a new podcasts once a week. With special guests, interviews, and jokes, he is able to make a large audience laugh. Music- All Songs Considered plays the newest music. Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are able to play songs on their podcast. Many listeners listen to here the latest tunes. Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 8.08.32 PMScreen Shot 2015-04-16 at 8.09.40 PMScreen Shot 2015-04-16 at 8.14.14 PM Want to be a podcaster? Here are a few useful tips that will help you along the way. How to make a podcast:

  1. Create a file
    1. Pick a topic and record a media file. You can do this with your phone, computer, or any device that has a microphone recording application. Once that is done, you are able to edit the file the way you like.
  2. Upload the file
    1. There are many websites on the Internet that give you the chance to upload your file. The website will usually give you an URL. The URL lets you share the file on other websites. It will give other people the chance to listen to your podcast. I recommend uploading the file to Soundcloud. It is a very popular website that is easy to use.
  3. Share the file
    1. Other people are able to listen to your podcast once you share it. With the URL, you can post the podcast to any social media site or website.

Still not sure about Podcasting? This tutorial video will give you additional information.

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