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podcast

noun; blending and clipping
An internet radio broadcast that is downloadable and is intended for non-live listening. As computer media quickly becomes the most important medium for almost all forms of entertainment, as many companies as possible are attempting to glean a profit from the expanding market. No stranger to this is Apple Computer, whose music software and hardware is becoming ever more ubiquitous. To describe their new service which essentially makes radio (or radio-format) media available for downloading at regular intervals to be listened to on an iPod, which ironically does not have a radio, Apple combined the word for the audio format (webcast) and the name of their mp3 player (iPod) to make a brand-specific method. Because Apple commands a large segment of the computer music market, the word is losing brand specificity and being used to describe other internet-broadcasting methods.
 
Lately, artists have been finding it lucrative to release interviews as podcasts and make some extra money where there once was no available profit.
Etymology : podcast. Clipping and blending of the words ‘iPod’ and ‘webcast,’ both of which are ironically also blended words.
Source : Apple Computer adverisement.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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