For the newbie (like me), a podcast is akin to radio shows of the past with a few differences. Firstly, you can pick which podcast you listen to instead of being at the mercy of a radio program. Secondly, you can stream a podcast through your computer, smart phone or tablet. Podcasts have been around since the early 2000's, but they have only been on my radar in the past couple of weeks.
To preface this story, I have a friend who is an adament podcast listener. She continuously sent me links to podcasts she listens to and I have always swept it away in my "I'm really busy but maybe some day" sentiment. For whatever unknown reason I decided it was time to give them a try and now I can't listen fast enough.
Apple was the initial leader in podcasts, the name coming from a mixture of "iPod" and "broadcast." For a long time, iTunes sported the largest podcast library. However, you can listen to podcasts through a number of mediums. I have a subscription to Spotify so I enjoy commercial free listening of a wide array of music and, as of 2016, a variety of podcasts.
There are a couple of ways you can tune into a podcast. You can stream a podcast on your computer through the podcast's website. For example, if you wanted to check out This American Life all you would have to do is go to the website (www.thisamericanlife.org) and you can navigate through and choose which podcast you would like to listen to.
If you don't want to be stuck at your computer listening, you can also download an app such as Spotify, Overcast, Pod Wrangler, Podcast Addict, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher Radio for Podcast, etc. There are a variety of apps to choose from. The ones listed above are all free to download but may include a subscription service if you want to eliminate ads. Subscriptions may also give you access to more content.
Stay tuned for more podcast reviews in the future.
Communications & Technology Library Assistant