Podcatching without an iPod


Article from Issue 56/2005

You don’t need an iPod to participate in the recent phenomenon known as Podcatching. We’ll show you how to receive and play back podcasts in Linux.

Podcasting is the latest buzz in the world of weblogs. Also known as time shifting audio, podcasting is a method of delivering audio streams broadcast in mp3 format via rss feeds, so that they can be downloaded automatically and played at leisure. By subscribing to an RSS feed with mp3 enclosures, you can receive new podcasts automatically for playback on your favorite mp3 player. You can think of podcasting as TiVO for radio. The name podcasting derives from Apple’s iPod, but the name is inaccurate, because you do not need an iPod to listen to these files. A podcast is the broadcast program, and the act of receiving a feed is called podcatching. Although many podcasts, like many blogs, are trivial, high quality material is also available. Doug Kate at IT Conver-sations [1], for instance, has made over 300 recordings of interviews and keynote speeches from IT conferences. Podcasts contain interviews with key players in the IT industry, old and new, as well as highlights from conferences, speeches, and readings. Big media corporations like the BBC in the UK are also showing interest in the genre and releasing some of their radio broadcasts as podcasts.

Buy this article as PDF

Express-Checkout as PDF
Price $2.95
(incl. VAT)

Buy Linux Magazine

Get it on Google Play

US / Canada

Get it on Google Play

UK / Australia

Related content

comments powered by Disqus
Subscribe to our Linux Newsletters
Find Linux and Open Source Jobs
Subscribe to our ADMIN Newsletters

Support Our Work

Linux Magazine content is made possible with support from readers like you. Please consider contributing when you’ve found an article to be beneficial.

Learn More