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Re: Still Waiting For an Answer - Podcasting

Dean M. (
Mon, 2 May 2005 17:15:38 PDT

Dear Pat. It seems it is its own thing; i.e. less an old something
disguised as a new something and more a really new something.

From wikipedia:

Podcasting is a way of publishing sound files to the Internet,
allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive new audio files
automatically. Podcasting is distinct from other types of audio
content delivery because it uses the RSS protocol. This technique has
enabled many producers to create self-published, syndicated radio

Users subscribe to podcasts using "podcatching" software (also called
"aggregator" software) which periodically checks for and downloads new
content. It can then sync the content to the user's portable music
player, hence the portmanteau of Apple's "iPod" and
"broadcasting". Podcasting does not require an iPod, however; any
digital audio player or computer with the appropriate software can
play podcasts.

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