posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 08:16 AM
New Oxford American Dictionary has declared 'Podcast' the word of the year. The term which comes from the words 'ipod' and 'broadcasting' has
been defined as "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the internet for downloading to a personal audio
player". New Oxford will be adding the term to their online dictionary during the next update in the early part of next year.
Podcasts have grown quickly in popularity over the past 12 months as they are an easy way of getting digital content and playing it when and where
The term was coined by journalist Ben Hammersley and although originally derived from combining "broadcasting" and "iPod", this definition has
become something of a misnomer as podcasts can be listened to on any digital music player.
Some have criticised the term for giving too much credit to Apple, which had little to do with the development of the technology and some have tried
to suggest alternative terms such as blogcasting or audioblogging.
Podcasts have become popular because anyone with a microphone, computer, software and a net connection, can produce one themselves.
"Podcast was considered for inclusion last year, but we found that not enough people were using it, or were even familiar with the concept," said
Erin McKean, editor-in-chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary.
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This just proves the 'rise of the Podcast' over the last year.
Just 12 months ago they refused to enter the term as it was believed not enough people knew about a Podcast, myself included.
But now they are everywhere...including here at our very own ATS!
*Long Live The Podcast*
[edit on 7/12/2005 by MickeyDee]