What is a Podcast?

You may have heard of the term 'podcast', but maybe you've never really checked it out. Or maybe you did, but didn't know where to go? Podcasting has been around for a while now, but people may still be unaware of the allure. 

We've put together a little FAQ about podcasting. Do you podcast?

What is a podcast? A podcast is an audio show, usually spread across a series of episodes, which can be downloaded or streaming from the Internet. You can listen to either episodes on a computer, a smartphone or an Mp3 player. The term ‘podcast’ is a mash up of iPod and broadcast, coined in 2004.

How can I listen to a podcast? When iPods first debuted, you downloaded them to your iPod and took them with you. Now, you can easily stream or download any podcast show or episodes. Take it on the go, listen during your commute or listen at work. 

Is it just audio? Is there video too? Some podcast shows include video in their downloads or streaming, but the majority of podcast shows are audio only. It’s nice to multitask without fear of missing out on any visual you might not see.

What are some famous podcast shows? Serial, Nerdist, WTF w/ Marc Maron, Stuff You Should Know, Elvis Duran On Demand, Sixx Sense w/ Nikki Sixx, This American Life, The Breakfast Club, Lore, S-Town, Radiolab, BobbyCast, The Herd w/ Colin Cowherd, Freakonomics Radio and Missing Richard Simmons, to name a few. There are many more!

How do other people listen to podcasts? People listen on their way to work. Some people have longer commutes than others, so it’s a good time to hear a great episode before the daily grind. Also, some people like to work while listening to podcasts. 

Ok, I’ll give it a try, where do I start? There are many options, but we recommend using the free iHeartRADIO app. Click 'Podcasts' in the bottom right corner. Then browse among the many categories available! Podcast shows can get very specific (i.e. Game of Thrones, Fantasy Football, Wrestling, Carpentry, to Celebrity Gossip and Paranormal) or very general (i.e. Music, Comedy, Food, Sports, Relationships and Politics). 

Or if you're the desktop every day type of person, you can head to iHeart.com and browse or search for podcasts there!