Podcasts (And Their Apps)
This week for What App Wednesday, I am not singling out one particular app but a group of apps that allow you to listen to Podcasts.
A podcast is defined as a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. I generally describe a podcast (or podcasts) as “on demand talk radio over the Internet”.
There are literally millions of podcasts on every topic and every level of quality. Many big names such as ESPN and CNET produce podcasts to supplement their broadcast and website information. However, due to the ease of making and providing podcasts, even the basement enthusiast with a $10 mic can make and release podcast media.
I find them fantastic for entertainment and continuing education. A couple of my personal favorits are “Stuff You Missed IN History Class”, http://www.missedinhistory.com/, which was originally produced by The Discovery Network, now InfoSpace LLC. Another favorite is “ESPN Fantasy Focus Football”, http://espn.go.com/espnradio/podcast/;
Podcasts apps (“Podcast” on iOS and various apps on Android, some listed here: http://www.androidcentral.com/top-5-best-podcast-apps-android ) allow you to subscribe and automatically receive the new episodes each time they are released. The how, when, and where you listen to them after you download them is up to you. The only associated costs (other than possibly a paid app on Androids) would be premium content from some podcasts. There are podcasts that will give you some of their audio for free and then ask you to purchase or pay a monthly subscription for the rest.
If you are curious and would to check some out, enter a topic and the keyword “podcast” into a search and then take a look at some of the websites associated with the podcasts. To be careful, some have adult content and words, but there are millions more that are family friendly. I Hope you give podcasts a try and happy listening!
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