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What is a definition of Podcast?

It is a medium on the Internet where Audio or Video files are available for listening or watching, an entire series of audio or video can be viewed in a similar manner on how one watches a TV show or hears a radio program. However most of the content in a podcast is available on subscription basis and it is in a RSS (Real Simple Syndication) format; files are recorded and syndicated in a RSS format and then podcast.

What is so ‘new’ or different about a podcast, people have been listening to Internet radio or watching Videos on the net for years now?

Let us split the PODCAST into two parts, the POD can be podcast on a computer or a portable audio/video device such as an IPOD or a mobile phone, it means it is Portable and it is an On-Demand feature which can be heard or viewed at all times.

Like wise a CAST means, it can reach you through the Internet, in a similar way a broadcast we receive on our radio or TV. But to listen to a podcast you will require a computer connected to the Internet, and with software installed you can listen to all podcasts on the Internet.

What are the kinds of programs one can hear or view in a Podcast?

Just about all programs can be seen or heard, an amateur video or a music album, a cartoon or comedy video, you can navigate on the internet, as well as watch or hear a podcast.

How do you define a webcast, and how different is it from the podcast?

Streaming audio & video can be transmitted live in a webcast, where as in a podcast content is recorded and available for download to your handheld portable device, basically content in podcast is combined and then delivered on demand for users to enjoy it on their hand held devices. More on Podcast Transcription