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Podcast is a neologism made up of the well-known MP3 playeriPod (Apple) and broadcasting. It is the provision and publication of audio contributions on the Internet and downloading from the Internet.

The process involves recording audio data, compressing it into a suitable audio file format, such as MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding (ATRAC), Windows Media Audio (WMA) or others, and making it available on the podcasting server. In order for the interested party to find the audio contributions on the Internet, they are published by means of RSS feed or Atom feed with the corresponding web address.

Interested parties can find the publications of the audio contributions in the podcast directories ( and can download them to their computer with a suitable podcasting client and play them with the corresponding audio codec. The RSS feeds are text files in which the audio contributions, their file format and length, the date, etc. are specified; however, they do not contain the audio files that are stored on the web server. If you have chosen MP3 as the file format, you can use the ID3 tags and add certain information.


principle of podcasting Podcast

principle of podcasting Podcast

ing has a certain similarity with video-on-demand, as you can listen to the audio contributions at any time after downloading them.

Podcasting has already created other neologisms, such as the podcaster, who creates the audio files, the podcatcher, who downloads the audio files, and the podder, who listens to the audio files. Analogous topodcasting, there is the term vodcasting for downloading video files.

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Englisch: podcast
Updated at: 15.01.2007
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