What is a podcast?
Podcasts are a series of downloadable audio and/or video episodes based on a show topic. Similar to how a television show has many episodes, a podcast show also has episodes. The difference is, you have to watch a TV show when it airs but with a podcast you can download an episode whenever you’re ready to listen/watch it. Some podcast players will automatically download new episodes so they’re instantly ready for you to enjoy.
Another great thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them in your car or on the train where there typically isn’t internet access available. Download the podcast episode and listen to it wherever and whenever you like.
Podcasts are created by many different people. Most podcasts are created by independent hobbyists for fun while others are professionally produced by well known media companies like NPR, NBC and others. Though most podcasts are audio only, there are still many video podcasts being created.
Subscribing to a show
If you’d like to listen to a show, you subscribe to its “RSS feed” using a podcast player. An RSS feed is a technical term for a special computer readable list of episodes. Podcast players uses the RSS feed to know which episodes are available and how to download them.
Most podcast websites, like Podcast Land, have a subscribe link to subscribe using iTunes. If you’d like to subscribe to a podcast using another podcast player, look for its RSS feed and put that into the podcast player of your choice.
A podcast for every interest
With over 200,000 podcasts, there’s a podcast for practically any topic that comes to mind. Whether you’re interested in news, arts, sports or government issues, there’s a podcast for you. Here are a few of the podcast topics available:
- Games & Hobbies
- Government & Organizations
- Kids & Family
- News & Politics
- Religion & Spirituality
- Science & Medicine
- Society & Vulture
- Sports & Recreation
- TV & Film
You can browse these topics by clicking on the menu at the top of the page or look for a topic using the search tool in the side panel.