There's a podcast for everyone. Podcasting is today's internet-based version of talk or news radio. Instead of traditional radio stations to broadcast a talk show through the air waves, podcasts get broadcasted through the world wide web. This has made it possible for thousands of podcast shows to be produced, which cover thousands of topics both mainstream and niche.
If you enjoy listening to digital music - music downloaded to your iPod, media player, computer or phone - and the freedom of carrying your music collection with you, then you'll love podcasts. Once you're subscribed to a podcast show, your media player can automatically download the latest episodes for you. You can then listen to the show whenever you have time, like during your daily work commute, while exercising, working, or cleaning the house. If you run out of time to finish an episode, no problem - you can resume it later because it's already on your device. Some have even called it the Tivo of talk radio. No more being tied to a station's program schedule! No more missing parts of your favorite show because you ran out of time! Learn more about how subscriptions work on our How To page.
Podcaster, Steve Webb, in his studio
So are you wondering how this podcasting thing began or who was behind this new internet-based medium? It all started back in 2000 by some software developers. Adam Curry is generally credited with birthing this technology due to his development of the iPodder script. Learn more from the History page which has much more information on the beginnings including the who, when, what and how.