Brush up on casting

8 Aug

Podcast is the method of distributing multimedia files automatically, such as audio programs, music videos, images, text, PDF or other types of files over the Internet using either the RSS or Atom syndication formats, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. The term podcast, like ‘radio’, can mean both the content and the method of delivery.

Vodcast also known as video podcast and video on demand cast, is video delivered via RSS or Atom. It can be distributed as either a stream or file. If you let the user download the whole file, they can play it offline on a portable media player. Streaming saves users from downloading the entire file and they can also skip ahead.

Blogcast is the combination of a blog and a podcast on a website. This became popular because audio and visual content is enjoyed more than just text content. was one of the first sites to embrace this.

Mobilecast is downloading and listening to podcasts on your mobile phones. Because the default podcast format is MP3, the file size is too big to be downloaded over the mobile network. So this forces podcast to re-encode into AMR or other mobile-friendly format.

VoiceCast is taking audio files and distributing them directly to a phone. These audio files can be radio programs or interviews from a podcast. Right now, this is user initiated, because users must dial a phone number for a specific podcast.

Peercast is a way of multicasting streams to the internet using peer-to-peer technology. BitTorrent is a great example of this.

Podstreaming is taking streaming radio and converting it to a podcast.

Photofeed is a web feed featuring JPEG or GIF images.

RSS Feed which stands for real simple syndication is a web feed used for web syndication. These feeds can provide summaries with content and links to full articles. The information is delivered in an XML file.

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