« Back to Glossary Index

**1. Podcasting History and Evolution:**
– Term “podcast” coined in 2004 blending iPod and broadcast.
– Originated in i2Go’s MyAudio2Go.com service in 2000.
– Adam Curry’s ‘Daily Source Code’ popularized podcasting.
– Apple’s iTunes added formal support for podcasts in 2005.
– Legal issues include trademark disputes and patent challenges.

**2. Distribution and Consumption of Podcasts:**
– Distributed via RSS feeds to subscribed users’ devices.
– Hosted by platforms like SoundCloud and Libsyn.
– Streaming services like Apple and Spotify host podcasts for playback.
– Over 2,999,008 podcasts and 152,596,784 episodes available as of December 2022.
– Significant global growth in podcast listenership.

**3. Economic Aspects and Business Models in Podcasting:**
– Many podcasts are free with low costs to consumers.
– Sponsored or underwritten by corporations.
– Revenue models include paid subscriptions, advertising, and product sales.
– Disruptive medium impacting traditional revenue models.
– Low-cost entry for creators with minimal equipment requirements.

**4. Types and Styles of Podcasts:**
– Vary in style, format, and content.
– Examples include enhanced podcasts, fiction podcasts, and podcast novels.
– Emerging conventions and constraints in podcast variation.
– Preferences for podcast styles vary among listeners.
– New types of content and technology continue to emerge.

**5. Technical and Production Aspects of Podcasting:**
– Podcast episodes stored in mp3 format and hosted on webservers.
– Syndication based on RSS feeds.
– Basic equipment includes computer, microphone, and headphones.
– Hosting and distributing podcasts are key technical steps.
– Some podcasts incorporate video elements for visual content.

Podcast (Wikipedia)

A podcast is a program made available in digital format for download over the Internet. For example, an episodic series of digital audio files that users can download to a personal device to listen to at a time of their choosing. Podcasts are primarily an audio medium, but some distribute video, either as their primary content or as a supplement to audio.

A podcast series usually features one or more recurring hosts engaged in a discussion about a particular topic or current event. Discussion and content within a podcast can range from carefully scripted to completely improvised. Podcasts combine elaborate and artistic sound production with thematic concerns ranging from scientific research to slice-of-life journalism. Many podcast series provide an associated website with links and show notes, guest biographies, transcripts, additional resources, commentary, and occasionally a community forum dedicated to discussing the show's content.

The cost to the consumer is low, and many podcasts are free to download. Some podcasts are underwritten by corporations or sponsored, with the inclusion of commercial advertisements. In other cases, a podcast could be a business venture supported by some combination of a paid subscription model, advertising or product delivered after sale. Because podcast content is often free, podcasting is often classified as a disruptive medium, adverse to the maintenance of traditional revenue models.

Podcasting is the preparation and distribution of audio files using RSS feeds to the devices of subscribed users. A podcaster normally buys this service from a podcast hosting company such as SoundCloud or Libsyn. Hosting companies then distribute these audio files to streaming services, such as Apple and Spotify, which users can listen to on their smartphones or digital music and multimedia players.

As of December 2022, there are at least 2,999,008 podcasts and 152,596,784 episodes.

« Back to Glossary Index