"Podcast" is a handy word for an audio file. The word stuck around as a descriptor since audio music files were stored on iPods when those were all the rage. Now that most people have smart phones, you can listen directly to audio files on your mobile without an iPod. In fact, you can listen to podcasts on any digital device such as tablets, desktop or laptop computers.
Podcast more commonly refers to spoken word content. The word is also used to describe the medium as a whole, similar to "broadcast."
If you have an iphone, simply scroll to locate and open the purple podcast app displayed on your screen. If you have an android, you'll need to search for and download a podcast app from your app store. There are plenty to choose from and most are free as is listening to the majority of podcast shows. Some shows have what's called a "paywall" meaning that you must subscribe to the podcast and pay a fee to listen. However, most podcasts are 100% free with some being ad supported.
Ah! Therein lies the beauty of podcasts. What you listen to is completely your choice. You can browse the web for suggestions, google a favorite topic, or use your podcast app for recommendations in multiple categories. Really like a podcast show and don't want to miss an episode? Hit the subscribe button and new episodes will automatically be sent to your phone. New podcasts are created every day, so the selection is plentiful. Go explore!
There are mixed opinions about this, but by strict definition, if you can call it that, a podcast is audio only. Add video and you have a vlogcast, a combination of video and podcasting, although that lovely word hasn't really caught on. It's really a video! So any video can be a podcast, but a podcast doesn't have to include video. Get it? Now you do.
The best part about a podcast is that you can multi-task while you listen: driving, traveling, working out at the gym, gardening, housework, grocery shopping...you don't need to "view" any screen.
Like a podcast? Make sure to give it a review on iTunes. Apple Podcasts are ranked by your reviews. It's important so help the Dr. Xmas podcast by writing a quick review if you like the show. Go to How to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad:
If you have a question or want to know more about podcasting, reach out! We're happy to answer any questions you might have about the podcast world.