The History Of The Ipod Podcast 460


The History Of The Ipod Podcast 460

The History of​ the​ iPod Podcast
What is​ now called a​ podcast traces its orgins to​ the
first ipod podcasts,​ the​ creation of​ distributed mp3 files
that could be downloaded and played on​ Apple's music
player,​ the​ iPod .​
When the​ iPod came out,​ and users
discovered what a​ wonderful thing it​ was for holding
music,​ some people had the​ idea of​ loading things that
weren't necessarily songs .​
Some of​ the​ people that got
their hands on​ the​ iPod took the​ route of​ reverse
engineering the​ iPod and loading on​ different firmware,​
or operating system,​ but others had the​ idea of​ sharing
small sound files that could be played on​ the​ iPod .​
The
technology for distributing the​ files already existed,​
with RSS feeds .​
RSS feeds were a​ means of​ generating
machine readable files that could share information
between a​ server and a​ user .​
Many blogs already used
them to​ keep readers up to​ date with the​ latest posts,​ but
some hopeful podcasters had the​ idea of​ enclosing links
to sound files within the​ RSS feed and downloading the
file to​ the​ computer .​
With the​ change in​ RSS feeds,​ ipod podcast took off,​
and podcasting became a​ popular way to​ share files.
Users saw podcasting as​ a​ way to​ become radio hosts,​
or dj's,​ and a​ variety of​ podcasts began popping up.
Software was written to​ automatically check the​ RSS
feeds,​ extract the​ links to​ the​ podcast episodes,​ and
download the​ files .​
These programs became known as
podcast clients.
By this time,​ podcasting had moved beyond the​ ipod,​
and they were not simply making an​ ipod podcast
anymore .​
Some people had figured out how to​ use even
the PlayStation Portable gaming console as​ a​ podcast
player .​
It was more difficult that downloading podcasts
to the​ ipod,​ since the​ PSP used a​ different format for it's
files,​ but PSP podcasts began popping up .​
In addition,​
podcasting made inroads to​ the​ wider audience of
people without iPods,​ who simply saw podcasting as​ an
extremely convenient way to​ receive news,​ music,​ and
entertainment over the​ internet.
Today,​ while the​ iPod podcast type still exists,​ fewer
people subscribe to​ podcasts as​ a​ way of​ gaining
portable media files they can listen to​ anywhere.
Although that is​ still an​ attractive part of​ podcasting,​ it
seems to​ be eclipsed by the​ ease with which podcasting
has become a​ content delivery system .​
Now,​ podcasting
has become tied up with the​ rising number of​ audio and
video blogs,​ where blogging is​ done not by post,​ but
through media files uploaded to​ the​ blog .​
These blogs,​
and podcasting in​ general,​ take advantage of​ the
shrinking cost of​ broadband internet connections,​ and
the rising number of​ people with high speed access to
offer a​ picture of​ the​ internet rich with multimedia files.
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