A podcast is a series of digital-media files, which are sent from websites over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and computers. With podcasting, you can listen to radio programs or watch events whenever and wherever you choose. Simply put, Podcasts are audio and video files that are automatically downloaded to your personal computer, or other device which has internet connectivity. (cell phone, blackberry, etc). These files can then be transferred to an IPod or other MP3 player using a podcasting application, (software).
Adam Curry, (born September 3, 1964) is a broadcasting and Internet personality well known for his stint from 1987 to 1994 as a VJ (video jockey) on the music video channel MTV. In the mid-1990’s, Curry was a World Wide Web entrepreneur and one of the first celebrities to personally create and administer a Web site. In the 2000s, he helped pioneer podcasting, and is often called the “Podfather”.
Simply download and install podcasting software onto your computer. Although some features will vary, each software product should provide instructions on how to add podcast feeds to your play list (icons). You can then check for updated podcasts with the click of the mouse on your computer, or transfer the files to a portable media player.
MP3 actually stands for “MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3”. It is a common audio format used for consumer audio storage as well as encoding the transfer and playback of music on digital audio players. MP3’s use a compression algorithm designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent the audio recording and still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio for most listeners, but not considered high fidelity audio by audiophiles.
iTunes is a digital media player application, introduced by Apple Inc. on January 9, 2001 at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco
The application is used for playing and organizing digital music and video files. The program is also an interface to manage the contents on Apple's popular iPod digital media players as well as the iPhone.
Additionally, iTunes can connect to the iTunes Store via the Internet to purchase and download music, music videos, television shows, iPod games, audiobooks, various podcasts, feature length films and Movie Rentals (available only in the USA, UK,Canada, Australia and New Zealand),
iTunes is available as a free download for Mac OS X, Windows Vista, and Windows XP from Apple's website