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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

2004, noun and verb, from pod-, from iPod, brand of portable media player, + second element abstracted from broadcast. Related: Podcasting.


n. An audio programme produced on a regular basis, delivered over the Internet in a compressed digital format and designed for playback on computers or portable digital audio players, such as the iPod. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To deliver (an audio programme) over the internet on a regular basis. 2 (context transitive English) (en-past of: podcast).


A podcast is an episodic series of digital media files which a user can set up so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user's own local computer or portable media player. The word arose as a portmanteau of " iPod" (a brand of media player) and " broadcast." The files thus distributed are typically audio or video, but may sometimes include other file formats such as PDF or ePub.

The distributor of a podcast maintains a central list of the files on a server as a web feed that can be accessed through the Internet. The listener or viewer uses special client application software on a computer or media player, known as a podcatcher, which accesses this web feed, checks it for updates, and downloads any new files in the series. This process can be automated so that new files are downloaded automatically, which may seem to the user as though new episodes are broadcast or " pushed" to them. Files are stored locally on the user's device, ready for offline use. Podcasting contrasts with webcasting or streaming which do not allow for offline listening, although most podcasts may also be streamed on demand as an alternative to download. Many podcast players (apps as well as dedicated devices) nowadays allow adjusting the playback speed.

Some have labelled podcasting as a converged medium bringing together audio, the web, and portable media players, and also a disruptive technology that has caused some in the radio business to reconsider established practices and preconceptions about audiences, consumption, production, and distribution. Podcasts are usually free of charge to listeners and can often be created for little to no cost, which departs from the traditional model of " gate-kept" media and production tools. It is very much a horizontal media form: producers are consumers, and consumers may become producers and engage in conversations with each other.

Usage examples of "podcast".

Now that the Internet has become a legitimate way to get your message out into the willing, servile mass media, it is possible to blog and podcast your way into the tiny, enraged hearts of millions.

He maintained an Internet site that frequently posted trade secrets leaked from major computer companies, and his podcasts were infamous for their scathing but pinpoint judgments on the tech industry.

Users subscribe to various podcasts and, when jacked in, a prerecorded audio post could be automatically downloaded to their MP3 players.