What is podcasting?
The word podcast is a combination of the two words iPod and broadcast. Podcasting has been compared to radio broadcasting because it usually has a single producer (or group of people producing it) and the audio transmission is sent to lots of listeners. What’s different about podcasting is that, unlike radio, the person listening doesn’t have to listen to it at the time of broadcasting. Instead of a radio transmitter, a podcast is stored on the web as a digital sound file and this sound file can then be transferred to any computer or digital device, such as an iPod or MP3 player. The listeners can then choose when they listen.
To listen to a podcast you need:
a computer or mobile device capable of playing digital sound files
some speakers or headphones
To create a podcast you need:
a computer or mobile device with a microphone
some form of recording software
a place online to store and distribute the audio you produce