The word podcast comes from combining the words broadcast and iPod. Podcasts are simply audio broadcasts that are found on the internet.
So what makes a podcast different then just downloading a song and transferring it to your iPhone?
The difference is pretty significant. With podcasts searching and downloading isn’t necessary. The podcast comes to you through syndication. With the use of syndication new episodes are automatically downloaded to the users if they are subscribed to the podcast. You have to go out of your way to download music but with podcasts it automatically downloads for you.
There are many pros and cons of podcasting.
First I will go over the pros of podcasting.
Podcasts are very easy to create. All you need is a microphone. If your computer comes with a microphone then you don’t need anything at all.
Podcasts are very inexpensive to create.
Podcasts come across more personable than a blog does. Sometimes hearing a persons voice allows the audience to feel the emotion that the speaker is feeling. With blog posts it is sometimes hard to tell how the writer is feelings. Written words vs spoken words have a very different affect on the audience.
Another big advantage of podcasting is convenience. It’s much different then listening to news on TV. On TV once you miss it, unless you have recorded it you cannot watch it later. With podcasts, they automatically download to your iPhone or computer and they are there for whenever you decide to listen to it. For businesses podcasts are especially useful. It is sometimes hard to get people together for a meeting so why not just make a podcast and have your employees listen to it.
Although there are countless advantages about podcasting there are also some disadvantages.
One disadvantage of podcasts is accessibility. Most people do have internet access however there are people who do not have access to the internet or their internet is really low. With slow internet or no internet it is not possible to listen to the podcasts.
Another disadvantage of podcasts is the lack of interactivity. With podcasts all the audience can do is listen. This differs with blogs because with blogs you can click on the links and interact with the author of the blog.
With podcasting you have to be very careful with copyrighting material. It is not uncommon for podcasters to be faced with legal issues.
Podcasting is a great way for individuals to share their thoughts. Anyone can create a podcast. You do not have to be a professional. If you have a voice and if you have the technology there is nothing stopping you from creating one. Below I have posted my first ever podcast.