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Discussion in 'iPod' started by iGary, May 25, 2005.

  1. iGary Guest

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    to an idiot what a podcast is, and what the content is?
     
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    Google is your friend ;) What is Podcasting?
     
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Basically:
    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1818895,00.asp



    Edit: I'm always too slow :eek:
     
  4. iGary thread starter Guest

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    Yeah, I read that on Wikipedia and still have no idea.

    What is the content? What are you listening to?
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Just to make you feel better, Gary, I have to admit that, until a few days ago, I was pretty ignorant about this too. :eek:

    I thought content was being broadcast *from* the iPod, so I thought it was the dumbest idea ever. But now that I understand it, it sounds like a lot of fun. It'd be even sweeter if some majors like the NPR shows that make streaming content available started podcasting once iTunes supports it. :)
     
  6. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    It seems like a way of listening to the content you originally got an iPod to avoid :p
    However, I guess some of the Podcasts are ok. I don't really know what it is either, and I have some podcasts!
    I think it's just a fancy word for downloadable audio streams!?
     
  7. iGary thread starter Guest

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    Audio streams of what?

    News, journals, music? What?
     
  8. buryyourbrideau macrumors 65816

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    all of the above
     
  9. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    There are some really cool internet radio shows out there. I subscribe to one from all the guys who were formerly on The Screen Savers on TechTV. They all get together on Sunday nights and discuss what is happening in the world of technology. Then, Leo uploads the final product (after it's been edited, etc.) to a blog as an mp3, and I can subscribe to it. If you're familiar with RSS at all, it's basically RSS for media. Everytime a new post is added to the blog, it is automatically downloaded into iTunes. You don't have to have an iPod to listen to the podcast. I usually just listen on my computer. However, the cool thing is, you can get these feeds for all sorts of topics, pretty much anything you are interested in. Some are just talk radio kinds of things, others are music programs with a theme (all cover songs, for instance). It's a really cool way to listen to things that you are interested in that often times can't be broadcast over traditional media because of either size of market or corporate guidelines and such.
     
  10. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    People ranting and talking about anything they want into a microphone. Some podcasts have multiple people. Its talk radio and the great part is that there is a podcast for ANYTHING!

    Starter shows:
    Daily Source Code
    Dawn and Drew
    Yeast Radio w/ Madge Weinstein
    TWiT
    KFI Radio
    Bitterest Pill
     
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    here are the links to some of the above shows (and some other stuff)
    ... looks pretty cool. thanks daveway.


    dawn and drew
    bitterest pill
    podNova (search engine)
    TWiT or TWiT

    also checkout ipodlounge forum posts here on this subject.
     
  12. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    so it's basically nothing more than recording lots of radio shows and listening to them later? instead of listening to music on my 400 dollar ipod?

    why would i need itunes, an ipod or a podcast for it? couldn't i just download the shows i'm interested in manually instead of getting my computer automatically overloaded with "stuff"?

    well, seems i'm already too old for that new world of media. :(

    by the way:
    if i subscribe to normal rss nothing is automatically downloaded on my machine. in this case stuff is downloaded onto my machine and i don't really control it. if you don't keep up with your podcast subscriptions and check the feeds daily you might get tons of ads, porn, spam onto your HD without even knowing about it.
     
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    So... podcasting is nothing more than ripped audio streams?
    Ripping audio streams is nothing new if that is exactly what it is.

    ...buzzwords
    :(
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    RSS gives it a push-like aspect. It's not so much just ripping tracks, but that shows that you like are able to make the system (iTunes, for instance) able to know that new material is available, so that iTunes can automatically go get it for you, and put it on your iPod the next time you sync. It's the automation more than anything else. If a podcasted show you liked came on every Thursday and you sync'd your iPod every Friday, you'd always have the newest show without any further interaction.... :)
     

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