A podcast is a recorded audio contribution that is published on a website and is available for download, so that it can be played from stationary and mobile devices.
The term podcast is derived from apple’s popular iPod product line, even though use of the audio contributions is not limited to iPod users. The podcast differs from other audio products in that users are able to subscribe to it, so that new series are automatically downloaded to a desktop computer or a mobile device. Depending on the podcast show, new episodes may come out daily, weekly or less regularly. Many podcasts are free and they are available for example on Apple’s iTunes platform.Glossary index