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A Podcast is a term coined by Apple to describe a unique RSS implementation intended to describe media files which are published to the web for download or streaming (originally - and typically - audio files such as MP3, WAV or other audio formats).

The prefix "pod" indicates the word's origin as Apple's original proprietary publishing format for the iPod, most notably through their iTunes store. Later, they opened up the standard and became a leading source of podcasts and played a large role in the uptake of podcasting across the web.

Vodcast is a series of videos released and archived chronologically just like a Podcast (series of audio files released/archived chronologically).



<rss xmlns:itunes="http://www.itunes.com/dtds/podcast-1.0.dtd" version="2.0">
    <title>The Big Hunt</title>
    <description>SUNDAY AM: Jesus: The Parables and the People</description>
    <copyright>Sunday AM</copyright>

    <itunes:subtitle>The Big Hunt</itunes:subtitle>
    <itunes:author>Dale Jenkins</itunes:author>
    <dc:creator>Dale Jenkins</dc:creator>

      <itunes:subtitle>Search for Meaning</itunes:subtitle>
      <content:encoded>SUNDAY AM: Jesus: The Parables and the People</content:encoded>
      <pubDate>Sun, 11 Mar 2012 11:43:33 -0400</pubDate>
      <!-- would hide episode from reader:  <itunes:block>yes</itunes:block> -->
      <itunes:category text="Religion" />
      <itunes:category text="Society & Culture" />
      <itunes:summary>SUNDAY AM: Jesus: The Parables and the People</itunes:summary>
      <itunes:keywords>church of christ, sermon, spring meadows</itunes:keywords>
      <enclosure url="http://www.smcoc.net/content/audio/sermons/2012/2012_03_11am_the_big_hunt.mp3" length="7644119" type="" />
      <!-- would alert reader this Podcast is done and wont be adding any new content:  <itunes:complete>yes</itunes:complete> -->
      <!-- would alert reader this Podcast has a new URL: <itunes:new-feed-url>http://www.location.com/mynewfeed.rss</itunes:new-feed-url> -->
      <itunes:owner>SUNDAY AM</itunes:owner>





Popular Podcasts/Vodcasts


Podcasting is the act of publishing a podcast. Considerations include audio recording, editing (if pre-recorded rather than live), publishing (formatting, sequencing, etc), media hosting (storage, archival, etc), distribution (i.e. live-streaming, streaming, download, etc) and promotion (marketing, advertising, monetizing, etc).


A Podcatcher (or Podcast client) allows you to subscribe to Podcast-formatted RSS feeds, download audio and/or video shows (as it pertains to each item or entry in the Podcast/Vodcast) and play them through a simple and easy to navigate user interface.










External Links


  1. iTunes Canada - Podcast Specs: http://www.apple.com/ca/itunes/podcasts/specs.html
  2. Simple iTunes-compatible Podcast XML example: http://www.rocnred.com/samplexml.html (bare minimum)
  3. Kung Fu Podcasts: http://www.facebook.com/kungfupodcasts
  4. Kung Fu Action Theatre podcast: http://kungfuactiontheatre.com/?page_id=555
  5. List of my preferred Podcast URLs: http://pastebin.com/HmePnyQD | EDIT | RAW
  6. Calling all Podcasters (Soundcloud Podcast hosting now in Beta): http://blog.soundcloud.com/2011/01/13/calling-all-podcasters/
  7. SoundCloud Introduces RSS For Podcasts: http://www.podcastingnews.com/content/2011/01/soundcloud-introduces-rss-for-podcasts/
  8. Podcasting on SoundCloud out of BETA, ready for prime time - Tell stories. Upload. Share.: https://blog.soundcloud.com/2015/04/28/podcasting-on-soundcloud-out-of-beta/
  9. Guide to Podigee podcasts: http://docs.podigee.com/guides/podcasts/
  10. New iTunes Podcast Directory Recommendations -- What Podcasters Need To Know Now: http://www.powerpresspodcast.com/2016/02/19/new-itunes-podcast-directory-recommendations-february-2016/
  11. AIR Developers' API for publishing Radio track updates or Podcast show updates to TuneIN: http://developers.tunein.com/docs/api/air
  12. PodcastONE -- "Contact Us" to suggest a Podcast feed: http://www.podcastone.com/contactus
  13. Podcasting101 guide: http://www.podcastone.com/Podcasting-101
  14. The Definitive Podcast Directory List: https://www.buzzsprout.com/learn/podcast-directory
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  16. Apple iTunes - Podcast support page: http://www.apple.com/support/ios/podcasts/
  17. Podcasts in Winamp (HOWTO): http://help.winamp.com/customer/portal/articles/1279685-podcast-directory
  18. Winamp Podcast subscription improvements: http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?t=233130
  19. 16 Windows Phone 8 podcatchers compared and reviewed (part 1): http://allaboutwindowsphone.com/features/item/18410_Podcatchers_podcast_managers-c.php
  20. 16 Windows Phone 8 podcatchers compared and reviewed (part 2 and summary): http://allaboutwindowsphone.com/features/item/19144_15_Windows_Phone_8_podcatchers.php
  21. Tunes FAQ - For Podcast Makers: http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/creatorfaq.html
  22. Story of Podcastpedia.org: http://www.codingpedia.org/ama/story-of-podcastpedia-org/
  23. Swell App overview: http://mashable.com/2013/07/19/swell-app/
  24. Swell launches a Pandora for podcasts to help you decide where to tune in: https://gigaom.com/2013/06/27/swell-launches-pandora-for-podcasts-to-help-you-decide-where-to-tune-in/
  25. Pandora for Podcasts app SWELL raises $5.4 million USD in Series A funding round: http://gigaom.com/2013/07/18/pandora-for-podcasts-app-swell-raises-5-4-million-series-a-round/
  26. Swell App Makes Podcasts Work For Smartphone Generation: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2013/09/23/swell-app-makes-podcasts-work-for-smartphone-generation/
  27. Apple to acquire Swell radio and podcast app for $30m - report: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/28/apple-swell-radio-podcast-app (App centred on personalised talk radio to be shut down and added to Apple’s Music line-up)
  28. Swell Purchase A Sign Apple May Be Awakening From Podcast Slumber: http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelwolf/2014/07/28/swell-purchase-a-sign-apple-may-be-awakening-from-podcast-slumber/
  29. Apple acquires and shutters podcasting app Swell: http://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-acquires-and-shutters-podcasting-app-swell/

See Also

Music | Online Radio | iTunes | RSS | Atom