How Podcasting Works

For those who haven’t looked into it yet, podcasting is a relatively new form of broadcasting in which anyone can record and transmit audio, distributed over the internet. It is automated by RSS, allowing listeners to subscribe to a web address and receive updates as they are published. Podcasting is not live, however this can be an advantage as the audio files can be stored on an iPod (or other media player) and be enjoyed at a convenient time. Most podcast-enabled applications, such as iPodderX and NetNewsWire, easily integrate with iTunes to support iPod synchronization. If you’re interested but unsure of how it all fits together, Peter Rukavina has a great illustrated tutorial showing how to subscribe to a podcast using NetNewsWire and iTunes. [via]

While podcasting may not seem like a big deal yet, Apple picked up on it and will be adding support for it in the next update to iTunes. It appears that Apple will be hand picking podcasts to feature in iTunes 4.9, and I’m hopeful that they won’t be too heavy handed about it. You can be sure that major news outlets featuring podcasts will be there, but I’d like to see some of my picks as well. A fan of podcasts myself, I subscribe to This Week in Tech, The Wizards of Technology, Make Audio Blog, and the occasional Dawn and Drew. With the release of iTunes 4.9, podcasting should see a huge boost, and I look forward to what Apple can bring to the table — hopefully more people, at the very least.

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How Podcasting Works

4 thoughts on “How Podcasting Works

  1. iTunes 4.9 is good news, however, it may kill off apps like NetNewsWire, iPodderX and PulpFiction. We’ve yet to see, though, I do hope my podcast is featured! Or are ex-Apple employees relegated to the bottom of the barrel?

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  2. I *love* This Week In Tech. I’ll have to check out some others, including yours Jaron.

    I really cant wait, i hate having a lot of applications for doing simple stuff, if i can streamline it into one. It should be awesome in 4.9 as long as they execute it correctly.

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  3. iTunes 4.9 is good news, however, it may kill off apps like NetNewsWire, iPodderX and PulpFiction.

    I think even after iTunes 4.9 is released, podcast-aware RSS applications will still continue strong simply because of their news capabilities. While Safari has RSS capability, it lacks a lot of the features of a good aggregator. That’s not to say Safari RSS is bad — I think it’s absolutely fantastic that Apple is bringing new web technologies to the masses. However, I think RSS starts with Safari, and ends with NetNewsWire. A little competition between applications like iTunes, NetNewsWire, and iPodderX can only benefit the user in the long run.

    As far as your podcast making it onto iTunes, only time will tell :-P

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  4. I am looking forward how to use my blog for podcasting, and in these three days my head is just about podcasting podcasting podcasting. I have iTunes 4.9, which u can use for podcasting, but I still cant manage to podcaste anything, I do have an audio file ready, I have created an RSS 2.0 for my blog, basically this is my current situation. But the thing is that I still cant manage to podcast anything yet, I would be really grateful if u can help me with that..

    cheers

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