When’s the last time you listened to your favourite radio DJ? Last week? Last month? Last year? That’s just sad but I’d tell you, you are not alone.
Podcasting is not exactly a new concept to Filipinos. In fact it was introduced around 2004 but has only been gaining popularity recently.
A podcast is an episodic program delivered via the Internet using an XML protocol called RSS. Podcast episodes can be audio files, video files, documents, or any combination of the three. Because podcasts can include several of the most common types of media, they can be used to offer many different kinds of programs. Any television or radio program can of course be transmitted as a podcast, as can any lecture, performance, or other recorded event (Apple).
Here are some reasons why I love podcasting and why you would love it, too:
1. Podcasts are easy. Not the kind that would get crabs, you don’t like that. Podcasts are easy to make, easy to publish and easy to download. It does not require a bachelor’s degree in IT if you want to create your own podcast. All you need is a microphone, a computer, an internet connection and a good topic. If you wish to download one, on the other hand, you can subscribe to your favourite podcast and your device will automatically transfer and update podcasts on your electronic device. That easy!
2. There are countless podcasts available for download. Not only the number of available podcasts but the variety of it. You can download podcasts from virtually everywhere in the world.
3. Anytime and anywhere. You can download a podcast into your electronic device and you can listen to it anytime and anywhere you want.
4. Podcasts are free. Enough said.
Podcasting definitely changed my radio and TV habits. Some of my favourite local podcasts are Good Times With Mo and Becky Nights. They’re so funny but most of all, they’re all in this tiny thing, everyday and every night. 😉