Podcasting can be traced back to the 1980’s but really became a thing once the internet started to seep in to the homes of the masses. Dave Winer created the concept of including audio files in to a RSS feed. This allowed users to subscribe or follow content with ease over a range of devices and emerging technologies such as smart phones.
In 2005 Apple launched an update to their iTunes with support for podcasts. 2005 was also the year that the New Oxford American Dictionary choose ‘Podcast’ as their word of the year.
Apple Podcasts lists 1.7 million podcasts and 42 million episodes as of December 2020.
Simply put, a podcast is an audio file that has been uploaded to the internet for the purposes of downloading and listening to at a time convenient to you. Podcasts can range from a few minutes in length to many hours. Content will very and cover a huge range of subject areas and topics – there will, very likely, be a show that covers any interest you search for. Podcasts will also vary in production – from amateur shows to very professional set-ups. The BBC, for example, will put much of their content out as a downloadable podcast. The Beer n BS Show, on the other hand, sits somewhere in the middle of this range. We aspire to create professional show with great audio quality but do not make a living out of our production.