Podcast (n.) - Really Simple Syndication

Podcast (n.) - Really Simple Syndication

Being an independent content creator comes with a level of uncertainty, and it can feel like you’re dependant on third parties like YouTube, or even BitChute to host and deliver your content. Podcasting offers a great way to keep your content available to your viewer that can’t directly be censored.



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Podcast

Noun
A digital file containing an audio or video program distributed episodically via RSS(Really Simple Syndication)

Also refers to an series of such files usually released on a regular basis.

History & Etymology

I mostly created this entry to announce that my show is... RSS feed, but I also wanted to explain why podcasting is an important alternative to the third party streaming sites like YouTube.

Even before podcasting wayback in the days of netscape people needed a way to share their content with others conveniently. So a method was developed called RSS that standardized the formatting of text and images on a website that could be easily pulled and fit into or syndicated to another site. That’s why RSS is commonly known to stand for Really Simple Syndication. It allowed for text content to be easily shared between users. These RSS feeds allow people to see the headlines and stories from their favorite web pages all in one convenient reader. Many of these RSS readers have now been replaced by sites such as Twitter or Facebook, but they still have their utilities.

The ability to create and host these RSS feeds yourself has many benefits. The content can’t be censored by a third party, if someone is subscribed to your content they get your content. If a third party aggregator decides to stop serving your feed, your readers can completely bypass that aggregator.

And in 2004 this RSS technology incorporated the ability to enclose audio files. This allowed programs to automatically check the RSS feed, download any new audio files, and transfer them to an MP3 player or iPod.

It was Apple’s line of iPod mp3 players that gave podcasting its name. With the podcastings similarity to over the air broadcasting, and the fact that most people were listening to this programs on iPods, podcast was a natural fit for this distribution method.

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