About Podcasts…

…in case you’re new to them

Dictionary type definition:  A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

(Jon notes you can listen to The Legacy to Kids Podcast by simply clicking on the links we provide!! But Jon realizes you may be curious and want to know more about podcasts, maybe you’d like to find other podcasts you hear about. Skimming the stuff below that Jon found online may be helpful. One site seemed particularly helpful. It was written in 2018 but the parts included below are still timely. Author Justin Pot, who shared his “geek” knowledge in a very readable way, seems like a good guy! Consider scrolling down to read excerpts of his bio.)

 

How to Get Started Listening to Podcasts

JUSTIN POT  @jhpot
MARCH 17, 2018, 6:40AM EDT

You keep hearing about podcasts—from friends, online, even on TV. But what are podcasts, and how do you get started listening to them?….

So…how can a non-geek start listening to these shows?….

A podcast is a radio show on the Internet. It’s that simple.

Okay, there are a few differences. Podcast aren’t generally broadcast live—they’re recorded, meaning you can listen whenever you want. Most podcasts release new episodes once a week, but some offer episodes daily—it varies wildly.

Many podcasts are episodes of shows you could also hear on the radio, with all the production values you’d expect. Others are just a group of friends sitting around a microphone, or using Skype, talking about a subject they’re passionate about. A lot of popular podcasts are somewhere in the middle: conversational at times, structured at others.

It’s an entire world, really. For me, it’s the perfect companion for cleaning the house or cooking a meal, and many use podcasts to make long commutes more interesting.

What Do I Need To Listen To Podcasts?

Basically, all you need is a piece of software you can use to subscribe to shows. Most people listen to podcast on mobile devices, because part of the point is listening on the go.

You don’t actually need to install anything. Every iPhone comes with a Podcast app by default, and opening that is a great way to get started with podcasts. Android users can listen to podcasts using Google Play Music . Open either app and start browsing.

Some people prefer third party applications for listening to podcasts—I like Player FM on Android, for example. Overcast is a great, free podcast app for iOS. And there are lots of other choices, some free, some paid….

You’ve got options, but don’t let that overwhelm you. Just open whichever app you have on hand and start exploring.

[You can check out the whole article at https://www.howtogeek.com/345845/how-to-get-started-listening-to-podcasts/ ]

JUSTIN POT

Justin Pot has been writing about technology for over a decade. He’s passionate about explaining technology so everyone can get the most out of the tools they’re using….

Justin lives in Hillsboro, Oregon, which is the heart of the Silicon Forest. There he runs the Hillsboro Signal, a volunteer-driven local news outlet he founded.

When not writing, he loves being in nature, spending time with good people, or watching a little too much television.