What the heck is a podcast?

08.24.2017 8:22PM

If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve probably heard people talking about the latest comedy or sports podcast, or you’ve heard the sentiment that “everybody has a podcast” (true).

In layman terms, a podcast is sort of like online “talk radio” with episodes that are released, weekly, bi-weekly or even tri-weekly. The beauty of podcasts is that they are uncensored, fully digital, and accessible.

The more intelligent definition of a podcast from Wikipedia is “...an episodic series of digital audio files which a user can download and listen to. It is often available for subscription so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user's own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player".

Podcasts can vary in types, there are podcasts about literally anything under the moon parenting, sports, cartoons, social justice ( like us) and even ancient history. Podcasts offer an abundance of options, many from independent creators.

So how can you listen?

Most podcasts can be found on apps that everyone has access to on their phones. Two of the main platforms are apple podcasts and google play. Many podcasts also host their content on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and Tune-in, to name a few. The beauty of these apps is that you can get notifications and episodes delivered to your phone the moment that they are released. This feature is what makes podcasts so valuable.

Most podcasts can be listened to on computers and smartphones. This website goes more into detail on how to listen to episodes

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