Podcasting is now a term very familiar to almost everyone. Podcasts are digital audio files being unique with their ability to be delivered through syndication feeds. This provides an easy download and playback to the subscriber’s media device. However, a few years ago, podcasting is not even a term in a computer dictionary.
Audio files, talk-related programs, and other files similar to podcasts emerged during the 1980s, even before the wide use of the World Wide Web. There were also websites during the middle of 1990s that provided people a certain system used for selecting different audio files. However, this method never became popular until the development of Napster. This provided the easy and fast sharing of music files across every country.
Other similar forms of podcasts emerged after that like companies providing digital news services to its clients. There was also a company that provided radio shows to its customers by allowing them to scan the publisher’s website in search for a new audio file. When a new file is found, that is directly and automatically downloaded to the user’s computer.
It was only in 2000 when the concept of using the enclosures in the RSS Feeds was opened. It was really implemented, however, in a different form, by the author of the RSS format. In 2001, the feature of RSS enclosure was demonstrated using a certain Grateful Dead song in Dave Winer’s weblog. However, many do not use it because of inconvenience. People needed a method that can move the audio file automatically from the publisher’s site to the subscriber’s audio player. That was what Winer and others achieved in 2003.
The audio files shared using the new improved method was called audioblogging. The term “podcasting” only came when Ben Hammersley suggested it.