Podcast

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What Does Podcast Mean?

A podcast is a type of digital media, usually audio, that is available in a series of episodes or parts and is streamed or downloaded by the end user over the Internet. Podcasts can be made available via a release schedule or uploaded to the Web randomly.

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Techopedia Explains Podcast

The podcast was initially conceived by Apple for delivering musical/audio-based content for the iPod. A podcast can be played from the website directly, or downloaded as an MP3 or similar format to be played on a computer or compatible mobile device. Typically, podcasts are distributed directly by the producer or podcaster, or are syndicated via a content delivery platform. Besides audio, podcasts can now deliver other digital media such as video, e-books and radio broadcasting. Podcasts are used for everything from news and entertainment to education.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.