What is a Podcast?

A Podcast is an online radio show. Most podcasts that you will find online are FREE. Podcasts are created and produced by people just like you. Someone sitting in front of a computer with an idea. We connect a microphone to the computer and use a free software program to record our thoughts and we begin recording.

Podcasts are the thoughts of someone with something to share. Most of the time it is some form of learning. If I have an expertise and want to share what I know with the world. I can create a podcast and share my thoughts. Sometimes people create podcasts about TV shows and share their thoughts with the world.

I have always enjoyed podcasts because I can pull them onto my smart phone and play them in the car as I travel to and from work. You can put in some ear buds and listen as you are working out or taking a afternoon walk.

So how do you find a podcast to listen to? The best way is to use ITunes. Open it and click on the Store button. Then click on Podcasts. You can then search for just about anything you can think of.

I produce 3 podcasts each week. I hope you can tune into the shows. Also please subscribe. Also I have just created a new You Tube channel for my newest show. The Tech Podcast. Please subscribe to my new You Tube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/thetechpodcastshow.

Also please visit my podcast sites.

The Tech Podcast

The Photography Guy

Tips From The Server Room

Podcasts

 

The New Radio

With each year passing we always seem to have new technology to get us through the day and even through the week. This is by no means new technology, but it maybe new to you? I am talking about PODCASTS. I have been podcasting since 2005 and I now create and produce 4 podcasts each week. I will give you the links at the end of this post.

What is a podcast? A podcast is created by any normal person and sometimes not so normal. Most podcasts are created as either an MP3 or OGG and AAC formats. Each one of these are audio files. They are created by recording your voice onto the computer.

So what do podcasts contain and why would you want to listen to any body sitting around and talking into the computer? If you can think of a subject, I would say there is a podcast out there covering it. You will find people that have a passion for a subject and they want to share the information with the world. Most of the time these are FREE!

So how do you find and listen to podcasts? Your first stop should be ITunes. Download it for free, it works on Windows and Macs. Click on the STORE and then click on PODCASTS. When you find one you wish to listen to just click on it and tune into the show. If you like it click on the SUBSCRIBE button.

At times you will find a podcast you really like to listen to. Before you click on the SUBSCRIBE button, check the latest date on the most current podcast. If the date is longer then a month old the podcaster most likely shut down the show.

You can also check out http://www.spreaker.com. I produce two of my shows live on Spreaker each week. What is nice about this service is that they have created a sort of LIVE radio. You can get the app for you smart phone and tune in live or listen later. Check out my shows and please subscribe.

The Photography Guy: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-photography-guy-audio/id528233816?mt=2

Tips From The Server Room: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/audio-feed-tips-from-server/id554549487?mt=2

Jacks Tech Corner: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jacks-tech-corner-podcast/id770207488?mt=2

Tech Talk: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tech-talk/id611093191?mt=2

Old Radio

Audio Books

I don’t know if you currently read books? But I have been reading a lot lately part of my up coming New Years Resolution is to read more novels this year. I am normally lucky to read eight books a year and this coming year I am shooting for fifteen.

With that said; I have been playing around a little with audio books. Once called books on tape these have not become books on MP3’s. I wanted to give you some of my thoughts on this media.

Let’s begin with the price. If you sign up for the major audio book dealer on the Internet, you know their name they advertise everywhere. You will be shelling out about fifteen dollars a month for one book. I have searched and search the Internet and the price is pretty much set in stone. I guess they have a lot of people to pay out of that money. The author, the talent who reads and then of course the company selling the audio book.

You can burrow audio books from your local library, all you need is a library card. You can also burrow them from friends.

My issue with my love and hate relationship with audio books. First they are extremely slow. Most books seem like a minute or more per sentence. Sometimes the reader will be mono tone, but other times you will get an upbeat reader who uses voices for each character in the book. I do enjoy the convince of being able to listen to my books while driving, cooking dinner and even mowing the grass. If you have never tried an audio book then I urge you to grab something and tune in.

Audio Books

Where Do You Get Your Music

Back not to long ago I used to listen to the radio. It seemed we had a radio in every room in the house; my parents even bought a radio with a toilet paper dispenser.  We also used to buy a ton of records; either LP’s or 45’s and had cases full sitting around the home stereo.

Then in the 80’s we started to see a move to the portable entreatment. It seemed everywhere you looked someone was carrying a large boom box on their shoulder. We had music everywhere you went.

Moving up to the later 90’s and early 2000 there was a little disk that showed up and everyone went crazy for them. The CD ROM. Now we could have our large scale LP’s cut down to something we could carry. It seemed that over night the boom box disappeared and the Walk Man became the craze of the day. We all had a walk man and head phones. If you were seen walking through the mall wearing head phones people thought you were just cool.

Then in the mid 2000’s a still very young CEO named Steve Jobs stood on a stage and showed us the IPod. Even though this was not the first MP3 device. It was the first to allow us to carry so much music. But what is did either for or to the music industry, by increasing their digital sells and lowering the number of tunes that were pirated. He made everyone money including Apple.

In today’s world kids don’t want to be tied down to what music they have. Seems these day’s everyone is streaming their music. I know my kids seem to listen to more music on You Tube and Pandora more then any other way.

I often sit around and wonder what will be the next big thing? I know for sure it will include or at least find a way into the very music we listen to.

Music Players