Monday 11 November 2013

Podcast (1)

I have written previously about my Apple iPod that I use as a relaxation through entertainment mainly at bedtime or occasionally when I am out walking the dogs. I have found myself chuckling away at a comedy program only to get a few strange looks from people walking the towpath. Now I wear a pair of bright pink ear buds which make it more obvious that I am listening to something and that I have not lost the plot. I find that the iPod is ideal in such situations because of its small size. 
According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia: A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of a series of files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication. The word is a neologism derived from "broadcast" and "pod".
What that means is. The podcast is an audio or video file, usually a recorded or edited from a regular radio or television broadcast. It is also very easy to download podcasts from the Internet. However, there are now more and more podcasts being made that are so specialist that they would not normally be broadcast in the more usual way. It is almost certain that if you have a specialist interest, there is someone somewhere producing a podcast on whatever your interest might be. If you are so minded you can even create your own podcasts on any subject under the sun. Many of the podcasts are available free of charge but there are also paid for subscriptions as some of the providers make a production charge for their services.

Some users are now calling it 'netcasting' as an alternative to 'podcasting' as you don't actually need an iPod to play the files. the iPod makes it easier to listen to podcasts if you are on the move. If you are reading this on a windows based computer. You already have what you need to play almost all podcasts, which are nothing but plain old audio files. Download the file to your hard drive, double-click it, and it will play in your default software, which may well be Windows Media Player.
If you have a fancy for creating your own podcasts. Then you could take a look at PodBean  Click Here.  If you are a wordpress blogger you might chose to use BuzzSprout which has a plugin that you can embed in tour blog pages. Click Here

So I thought I would let you know what it is that I am listening to from time to time. You can also post a comment and let us all know what you are listening too or maybe you have a podcast you want to share.

So whats happening in the podcast world on 'Rosie'?

At the moment I am listening to "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The podcast comes in 12 sections and each are around an hour in length. The podcasts are produced by "Books Should Be Free" Click Here to visit their website and you can peruse at your leisure the huge list of books in podcast or epub form that are available for free download.

One of my regular weekly downloads is "The Bugle". With more than 250 episodes over the last five years to its name. The Bugle is hosted by John Oliver and his long-term collaborator Andy Zaltzman, it provides a weekly dose of topical satire that manages to be both thought-provoking and uproariously funny. With a presenter/comedian located in England and the USA topical events across the pond and around the world are debunked. Caveat: Occasional use of strong language.

Who knows maybe you might be able in the future to listen to a podcast with the soft dulcet tones of a dyed in the wool Yorkshire cynic. Who might just wax lyrical about all things with good, bad and indifferent aspects that he comes across as he makes his way along the canal. 

1 comment:

  1. Try Andy's other pod cast with his other half Helen and Olly Mann - it's called'Answer me this' very funny I've been listening to it for years.


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