People tend to ask what is a Podcast and basically it’s a way to distrubute content over the internet using a syndication feed like RSS which stands for Really Simple Syndication. That you can play back on computers, personal media players, laptops or you can burn them on a CD and listen to them wherever. But the stigma that this term tends to have is that you need an iPod to listen to a Podcast.
But that iPod thing seems to be the stopping point of most people with iPod’s selling like hot cakes most people never even subscribe or even know that iTunes has built in Podcast functionality. Hell most don’t even know what an RSS feed is or how to subscribe or even what the purpose of that even is.
But this whole idea of an RSS feed. It’s basically getting content from blogs, news sites, podcasts, newspapers into a file. So this blog has an RSS, ATOM and RSS2 feeds. I also have a feedburner feed for those that are into it. I have a Podcast Feed in RSS2 that I create and one that I send to Feedburner for iTunes. There is also a Fireant Feed.
But I put all of those out there so people can access the content on my site as they see fit. Like I only visit peoples blogs to get the RSS feed throw it into Bloglines and get a nice page to read the blogs as I see fit. But I digress.
So the term Podcast seems to = iPod to most people. Leo Laporte of TwiT suggest the term Netcast but I think since this whole Podcast term got sprung up by the Big Haired Fag Adam Curry the former MTV VJ. I wanted to say Late MTV VJ but he is still alive and kicking it. I love Adam listen to his Podcast every morning on my walk to work. Usually a day behind. And I listen to it on my iPod but I also listen on my desktop at work and through my laptop or I burn the podcasts on a CD to listen in my car.
So NetCast is supposed to remove that stigma between Podcast and iPod even though iTunes and iPod are great and 1 click is heavenly. I like being able to drag an RSS feed into iTunes and then it puts the shows on my Ipod when they update a show.
But what is your flavor of getting content. Would you rather get a Podcast or a Netcast? There are different flavors Flash Animations, Video, Audio. But anyways I welcome your thoughts if you would like to be heard on how you think of Podcasts or would like to think of Podcasts Hit up The Voicemail Line
Me and Mike will play your Comment.