The website contains gospel podcast recorded live in our radio studio or live events covered and recoded, hence published here as a podcast.
Generally, a podcast is an episodic series of digital audio files that a user can download in order to listen. Alternatively, the word “podcast” may refer to the individual component of such a series or to an individual media file recorded live on radio.
Podcasting often uses a subscription model, whereby new episodes automatically download via web syndication to a user’s own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player. Our gospel podcast is totally available for free download.
The files distributed are in audio format, but may sometimes include other file formats such as PDF or EPUB. Videos shared following a podcast model are sometimes called video podcasts, vodcasts or vlogs.
The generator of a podcast maintains a central list of the files on a server as a web feed that one can access through the Internet.
The listener or viewer uses special client application software on a computer or media player, known as a podcatcher, which accesses this web feed, checks it for updates, and downloads any new files in the series.
This process can be automated to download new files automatically; thus, it may seem to subscribers as though podcasters broadcast or “push” new episodes to them. Files are stored locally on the user’s device, ready for offline use.
Many different mobile applications allow people to subscribe and to listen to podcasts. Many of these applications allow users to download podcasts or to stream them on demand as an alternative to downloading.
Many podcast players (applications as well as dedicated devices) allow listeners to skip around the podcast and to control the playback speed.
Some have labelled podcasting a converged medium (bringing together audio, the web, and portable media players), as well as a disruptive technology that has caused some individuals in the radio business to reconsider established practices and preconceptions about audiences, consumption, production and distribution.
Listeners usually consume podcasts free-of-charge, and one can often produce them for little to no cost, which sets them apart from the traditional 20th-century model of “gate-kept” media and their production tools.
Podcast-makers can monetize their podcasts by allowing companies to purchase ad time, as well as via websites such as Patreon, which provides special extras and content to listeners for a fee.
Podcasting is very much a horizontal media form – producers are consumers, consumers may become producers, and both can engage in conversations with each other.