Generally speaking, a podcast is a media file that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds, for playback on portable media players and personal computers. While the name podcasting is heavily associated with the Apple iPod and iTunes, it is not necessarily limited to these devices or delivery systems. Any audio or video download system that allows for syndication of content using RSS could be considered a ‘podcast’.
iTunes is a digital media application introduced by Apple in 2001 for playing and organizing digital music and video files. The program is also an interface to manage the contents on Apple’s popular iPod digital media players. Additionally, iTunes can connect to the iTunes Store (provided an internet connection is present) in order to download purchased digital music, music videos, television shows, iPod games, various podcasts, and feature length films.
Like blogging, podcasting has taken off in the past few years and now offers one of the easiest methods for the delivery of personal audio and video content. Apple is promoting the use of podcasting as an educational tool with their development of iTunes University. iTunes U gives colleges the opportunity to create a branded, public-facing presence within one of the most popular media delivery environments available.
iTunes and the iPod have become so popular in part because of the ease-of-use they offer. iTunes U hopes to tap these same benefits for universities that want to deliver large amounts of digital content. Stanford University is one of the pilots schools involved with iTunes U and is now offering a large number of lectures for download to the public.
Read on to learn how to create your own podcast in 3 ‘easy’ steps . . .