Podcasts have boomed in popularity over the last decade, but they’ve been around much longer than that. Sometimes it feels like everyone on the planet has a podcast. What’s the story behind this form of audio entertainment?
A Brief History of Podcasts
The concept for podcasts was hatched in 2000 by Tristan Louis and Dave Winer. The idea was to enable people to attach sound and video files to RSS feeds. Winer was also the author of the RSS format, and podcasts were included in RSS version 0.92.
The first podcast is considered to be IT Conversations by Dough Kaye. It started in 2003 and ran all the way until 2012. Two years after it started, Apple added podcasts to iTunes. This played a huge part in podcasts’ eventual popularity.
Previously, you needed a separate “podcatcher” application to download podcasts. iTunes made the process much easier. The addition of reviews made iTunes into the defacto home for podcasts for many years. To this day, podcasters still ask listeners to…
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