The escalation of the popularity of podcasting opened a wealth of possibilities for someone who is looking for a source of knowledge or entertainment. Whether you’re looking for a radio-style broadcast of the latest music hits, an audio version of your favorite book, television or movie reviews, or even a local church service, chances are you’ll find someone who has created a podcast with your exact content in mind. The growing popularity has even begun to spread into the classroom, where more and more teachers are making audio versions of their classes available in podcast form for students and parents to have access to.
The term “podcast” can be a bit misleading to the average person, since one might initially assume that the use of an iPod is necessary to be a part of the experience. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The term podcast only refers to an audio file which can be downloaded from the internet. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you own an iPod, you don’t even have to own an Apple product, in order to download and enjoy the variety of entertainment that is available on the ‘net.
The concept of podcasting began in 2000. By 2003 it was showing up more and more frequently across the pages of the internet. So frequently was the term “podcasting” used throughout the world, that the editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary declared it the 2005 word of the year.
With the phenomenon spreading, more and more directories have sprung up making podcasts available to just about anyone who is willing to give them a listen. Some of the more popular directory sites are podcastalley.com, podcast.net, podcastdirectory.com, and the newly added podcasts.yahoo.com. These directories make it easy to find a specific podcast, or one that fits into a more general kind of category.
One of the other fascinating features of the podcast, is its use of RSS (Really Simple Syndication). This allows listeners of a specific broadcast to be able to subscribe to the RSS feed, therefore being notified anytime there is a new episode to listen too. Popular podcast players allow people to download and listen to their favorite shows as they are updated by the producer.
Some of the more popular podcast players include iTunes, and Juice. Both of these programs allow you to know the instant there’s a new broadcast for you to listen too and are an excellent addition to your computers software. With the medium of the internet changing more and more every day, it seems surprising that something that dates back to the earliest days of radio broadcast would be of such high popularity.
Perhaps that’s because with the internet there are even more options available when it comes to finding ways to fill in your free time. Or maybe it’s because even as the world becomes more and more complex, ultimately we’re just looking for a simpler form of entertainment.
What are rappers talking about when they refer to “16 bars” ?
You have probably heard rappers rhyme about “dropping their 16 bars.” Sixteen bars refers to the structure of a rap verse. Each line, whether it has a rhyming line or not, is a bar. So for example, here is a snippet of a popular rap verse from Biggie Smalls:
“…We use to fuss when the landlord disses us
No Heat, wonder why Christmas missed us!
Birthdays were the worst days,
Now we sip Champagne when we’re thirstay…”
(Biggie Smalls, Juicy)
Each of those lines is a bar. Each verse in a rap song is 16 bars.
How does Nielsen determine the most watched television shows?
Nielsen Media Research, a company that measures audiences of television, radio and other forms of entertainment, can tell what people are watching using several methods. They ask viewers to participate in surveys conducted during what are called “sweeps” months (Feb., May, July, Nov.).
Nielsen Ratings is a part of Nielsen Media Research that is charged with determining television ratings. They also use Set Meters in selected homes to determine what people are watching. Finally, Nielsen measures television viewership through TiVo, a digital recording apparatus that many people now use in their homes. Nielsen also conducts other forms of market research.
When is NY Fashion Week?
New York Fashion week actually occurs twice a year. Once in February, and once in September in Bryant Park, New York City.
What was the first movie ever made?
According to many sources, the very first movie, using the definition “motion picture” as the definition of a movie, ever made was titled “The Horse in Motion.” The movie was made in 1878, and was just an series of random filmed images of a horse galloping.
What is the name of the designer who makes the signature shirts that Charlie Sheen wears on Two and a Half Men?
The shirts that Charlie Harper (played by Charlie Sheen) on the hit CBS TV show Two and a Half Men are called camp shirts, or bowling shirts. The majority of Charlie Sheen’s onscreen wardrobe are by Nat Nast. Nat Nast clothing has been around since 1946 and is considered a classic line of men’s clothing.
Who is the voice of Stewie on Family Guy?
The creator of Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane, is the voice of Stewie Griffin, as well as other characters from the popular television show.
Was Halle Berry the first black woman to win an Oscar?
No, despite what many people believe, Halle Berry was the first black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress, for her role in Monster’s Ball. The very first black woman to ever win an Oscar was Hattie McDaniel’s, the woman who played opposite the main character Scarlet O’Hara in the movie Gone with the Wind.