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Posted 2005-03-07 by Tony Walsh
Could someone please explain to me why it's called "podcasting" instead of "radio on demand?" I'll take a stab at it: Like putting a lower-case "i" in front of a word, putting "pod" in front of a word makes it bleeding edge. Okay, well I think we all know that the lower-case "i" thing was stupid the second anyone but Apple did it. So how is "pod" any different? Podcasts are links to mp3 files distributed via RSS. You don't need an iPod to listen to a podcast. You don't need an iPod to create a podcast. Where's the pod in this equation?

Shift gears. Why are Jason Kottke's patrons called "micropatrons?" Kottke, these people are paying your rent. What's micro about that? Should micropatrons only make micropayments? I guess calling your financial contributors "patrons" sounds either too old-school-media or too real. I know size isn't supposed to matter, but brother, I ain't "micro" anything.
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Comment posted by n0wak
March 7, 2005 @ 2:19 pm
I've seen a few people justify the seemingly iPod connected "Podcast" terminology by saying that the "POD" stands for "Personal/On-Demand". I think they're full of shit.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
March 7, 2005 @ 2:24 pm
Hrm. You know, I can almost buy that, but then then it would be called "PODcasting", and would have to stand for any on-demand media broadcast, not exclusively for audio. ODcasting anyone?
Comment posted by megannnn
March 7, 2005 @ 4:55 pm
Dude, I totally agree. Podcasting is a terrible name. It is very hard to explain to new users that they don't need an ipod to do listen to a "podcast". "Cutesy" words like that are just so tiresome.
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