Podcast Popularity Booms

By Jon Newton 4/5/05

Podcasting is a revolutionary home-grown technique by which people download their own broadcasts for easy listening on portable audio players.

“It can also be thought of as the internet equivalent of timeshift-capable digital video recorders (DVRs) such as TiVo, which let users automatically record and store television programs for later viewing," says the Wikipedia. “The system most commonly involves audio files in mp3 format, but other formats and other types of files, such as video, can also be podcasted.”

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Podcasts can be detected and downloaded automatically, usually via RSS, and they’re something ad companies would rather not think about. But, 29% of adult Americans have now downloaded podcasts from the Web, “so that they could listen to audio files at a time of their choosing,” says the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Some 11% of American adults say they own an audio player. That amounts to over 22 million people, says Pew, which found.

“This survey did not attempt to sort out what kinds of podcasts people consume,” says Pew.

“There are innumerable kinds of podcasts, ranging from audio journals that are very quirky and personal to professional newscasts.

"The rising popularity of podcasting also stems from the relative ease with which individual podcasters can create and distribute files," says Pew, adding:

"The process requires little more than a computer with an internet connection, a microphone, and software to record, edit and compress the audio. However, podcasters who wish to include copyrighted content in their shows may be required to pay licensing fees."

Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.


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