You may have heard the term Podcasting being banded around the media over the last year or so but have no clue as to what it’s all about.

A Podcast is an audio file, however instead of a music track the file contains a show, like a radio broadcast.  Despite the name you don’t need to have an iPod to listen to Podcasts you can listen to them directly from a PC.  All you need to get the Podcast is an Internet connection.

So why would you want a Podcast? Two main advantages, you can pick a Podcast that covers a subject your interested in, and you can listen to it whenever you want. Takeaway radio!

There are many thousands of Podcasts, some providing daily episodes. To find a Podcast you can try a Google search e.g. classic car podcast or you could try a directory as found in software like ipodder (http://www.ipodder.org/) or iTunes (http://www.apple.com/itunes/)

The shows are in the main written and produced by amateurs, from university clubs to one man and a microphone setups. Anyone can make a Podcast you need a PC to record and edit the show on and this can all be done through free open source software such as Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/). Once your shows ready for the general public you need to get it online. There are many programs to help you do this, a good starting point would be (http://www.podcastingnews.com/topics/Podcasting_Software.html).

And a final step would be to promote the Podcast by submitting it to the Podcast directories.

So get online today and subscribe to a Podcast or two, you may find it surprisingly addictive.