First post/Podcasts

So, this is the first post of this new blog. If anyone is reading this, thank you, if nobody is reading this… well, I'm as good as talking to myself. Anyway… I figured a good first post would be to talk about what I have discovered to be quite a misconceived internet phenomenon… PODCASTS!

I think they are great. There I said it. Personally I listen to them 90% whilst on my laptop, and perhaps 10% of the time on CD whilst driving. If you've done your homework you'll know that these podcasts were originally devised as a way to listen to radio shows at your own leisure on an iPod.

However, times have changed and so many different things are badged as podcasts these days and there are plenty of methods of listening to them. In hindsight I think the name given to this service has been, in an ignorant sense, a hindrance. It was only after really getting into listening to them and mentioning it to my friends that I realised where the misconception occurs. It seems that being called podcasts immediately associates them with Apple's iPod – quite a large group of people are anti-iPod (or Apple) and as such ignorantly dismiss podcasts as being things only for people that own an iPod.

But… they are a great way to catch new music, talk shows and the such via an RSS feed. If you aren't one for all the technical jargon, just know that through most audio players (iTunes, Winamp, WMP, etc…) you can subscribe to a particular podcast. Once you have subscribed, your media player will regularly check the feed to see if a new episode is available – if one is, your media player will download the new episode and let you know – if there isn't, obviously it wont. Either way your media player will continue to regularly check for updates to the stream. No fuss needed.

There are loads and loads of different podcasts available online, enough to suit anybody's needs. So, anyway, here is a list of the podcasts I am currently subscribed to, along with the URL for each feed. You can use these URLs to add the podcasts to your subscriptions…

If anyone has any questions bout podcasts, feel free to give me a shout, I'll try my hardest to help. Also, if you know of any other decent podcasts that may have sneaked past my eagle internet eye, let me know!

  • Ell

    interesting take on podcasts. i’m not exactly new to the world of internet, but when “podcasting” came about, I couldn’t actually work out what it was. It seemed that absolutely every journalist couldn’t explain what it actually was. Up until the point you know that software like iTunes can incorporate RSS feeds, you’re stuck.

  • Ell

    interesting take on podcasts. i’m not exactly new to the world of internet, but when “podcasting” came about, I couldn’t actually work out what it was. It seemed that absolutely every journalist couldn’t explain what it actually was. Up until the point you know that software like iTunes can incorporate RSS feeds, you’re stuck.

  • http://www.fizikz.com/ jeej

    Nobody took ownership of podcasts, it wasn’t like a great big company invented a new technology, so there wasn’t really any proper guidance or marketing for them. Hence people were left in the dark about them for a long time. Until a few months ago I didn’t really see any use for them. But here we are now, subscribing to plenty. I just wanted to try and dispell a few myths! ;-)

  • http://www.fizikz.com/ jeej

    Nobody took ownership of podcasts, it wasn’t like a great big company invented a new technology, so there wasn’t really any proper guidance or marketing for them. Hence people were left in the dark about them for a long time. Until a few months ago I didn’t really see any use for them. But here we are now, subscribing to plenty. I just wanted to try and dispell a few myths! ;-)

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    any idea how to fine old podcasts? I`d love to download some, but don`t know if there`s any possibility. I know it`s not too much related, but am trying to contact whoever may have some idea about it…

  • be2

    any idea how to fine old podcasts? I`d love to download some, but don`t know if there`s any possibility. I know it`s not too much related, but am trying to contact whoever may have some idea about it…

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