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Catching a Podcast Tutorial

Below is a definition and infographic I created for that podcasting page for The Grand Rapids Press not too long ago.

You will notice there isn't any information here about how to create a podcast. Time was limited on my side, and the editor for the section felt the concept was too difficult to convey. We concentrated on how to catch podcasts.

In time, creating podcasts will be easier ... if this trend sticks around. Probably my favorite computer tech guy, David Coursey, of zdnet, firmly believes podcasting is only a trend and will disappear. He may be right, since new technologies may make it much easier to receive audio -- and even audio/video -- information via the internet.

Though the graphic is copyrighted information of The Grand Rapids Press, I have modified it considerably since new developments within the podcasting world continue to occur.

Podcasting isn't an easy concept to wrap one's mind around, so I attempted to create a definition that might make this concept easier for the average newspaper reader to understand. The definition never made it into the paper. Not sure why. Maybe I wasn't able to articulate it well enough, or maybe the editors didn't want to dive that deep into podcasting.

You lj friends can be the judge. I welcome honest feedback. And I hope by sharing the definition and graphic, podcasting won't seem so intimidating.

One thing is for sure: Since Apple updated iTunes to version 4.9, podcatching has become quite a bit easier. Trust me. I went through the journey prior to 4.9.


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Jul. 10th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
I like it! It's easy to understand and the fonts are easily readable even with my bifocals!
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
Cool beans!

I did make the type larger for reading the graphics on the computer ... and to change fonts for common web fonts, but that's fine.

Now you can go and find podcasts you want to listen to on a regular basis ... some npr talk programs have their own ... "on the media," "sciencefriday" and "living on earth." they need more!
Jul. 10th, 2005 08:17 am (UTC)
The article is succinct, and that is very high praise from me. (if I made any changes, I would provide a smidge more detail about finding a device that converts the mp3 player's signal to a [hopefully unused] radio frequency, though anyone sufficiently interested should hopefully be able to find one.)

(I always feel like the geek equivelant of a wizened old man when I read about "new" tech advances, sigh.)
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
Yes, I agree on the radio casts note. It was a last-minute add to the original graphic. I didn't even know you could use such a device to tap into the radio frequencies.

Actually, learned more about that from my father-in-law this past week ... he bought a $20 device for their car, mainly b/c it didn't have an audio cassette player. Now he can use the device for mp3s and cds.

(I always feel like the geek equivelant of a wizened old man when I read about "new" tech advances, sigh.)

you say this, and i'm the one sharing the knowledge ... i love technology, but am sssoooo far behind on what's out there.

just for the record: i also love/adore nature ...
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
Funny part is, now that you mentioned those radio transmitter devices, I saw three while thrifting today.
Jul. 14th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)

I wonder if they could be setup with one's home stereo system? Uh, since you don't have a car.
Jul. 14th, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
I'd just use acual cables.
Jul. 11th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)

I managed to create my own podcast this weekend. I would post it but there's little point as i'm never likely to update it.

i also agree, it's a fashion thing - The longevity will remain outside the realm of amateur. Places like the bbc is where I will find it most useful, if it sticks around.
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:35 am (UTC)
Hey! Congrats on successfully creating your own podcast. I wish you'd share your first installment. Who cares if there's only one episode?

the bbc seems to be more up on the podcasting phenomenon than npr.

well, in that i've discovered more bbc podcasts than npr ones. Some you have to pay for, if I'm remembering correctly. If podcasting sticks, paying will be a part of the process.

/nerd (bbc) sounds very interesting, but they haven't had a podcast since i subscribed. they are working out technical stuff to advance their podcasting and other high-tech abilities.
Oct. 8th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
Any Podcasters in Grand Rapids?
Hey, definately check out my new site - GRPodcasts.com

I'm looking for podcasters, and focusing exclusively on Grand Rapids.
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