What is a podcast and how can I get one?
What is a podcast?
The word “podcast” is a portmanteau combining the words “broadcast” and “iPod”. It describes a very simple concept: an audio or video file available on the Internet for you to listen to and/or watch. However, the real power of podcasting is twofold:
- You don't have to go out looking for them - can subscribe to any podcast's RSS feed (see here) and it will be delivered to you whenever it is updated.
- You can listen/watch when it suits you and not according to some radio/TV schedule (I listen to mine mostly on the train to work).
How can I get one?
All you need is a podcatcher and, as there are several of these software applications available, Juice is one I like very much and which you might want to download (there's plenty of help under support on the same site, including a downloadable PDF user guide, a support forum and a wiki). Additionally, here's a video showing How to subscribe to a podcast using Juice receiver. You can then just move the podcast file to your MP3 player or simply watch/listen on your computer.