Monday, April 30, 2012

What On Earth is a Podcast??

Computers! Some folks take to them like a duck to water. Others find them intimidating and even overwhelming. But hey - you got this far! So we'd like to unravel the simple mystery of podcasts, by answering a few basic questions.

Drawing by Iwa Capobianco

  What's a podcast?

Answer: A podcast is simply a radio-type broadcast that you can either listen to while surfing the web (streaming) or download to your computer, phone or other music device.

Question: Do I need an Ipod or special equipment?

Answer: Nope! All you need is an internet connection.

Question: How do I listen?

Answer: Well, the easiest way is to just click on the picture of the podcast that we post. It will start playing in a few seconds.

However, it will stop playing once you leave our Facebook page, so if you want to go back to Facebook or somewhere else on the internet, click on the link of the podcast instead of the picture (see red arrow in above illustration), this will open up the podcast in a new tab in your internet browser, and start playing. Now you are free to visit any page you like, while listening to awesome jazz! Then if you are interested in something you hear, you can click on the tab that opened up and look at our playlists; or if you're really bored, you can watch the waveform of the music go by! lol (Everybody does it once in a while.)

Question: What does it cost?

Answer: Nothing! Many podcasts, including ours, are free to listen to or download.

Question: How do I download a podcast?

Answer: Podcasts are in mp3 format, so you can download them and listen to them wherever and however you listen to your regular music mp3s! To download, click on the link to go to the podcast page (at, and scroll all the way to the bottom. You'll see in yellow letters the words "Download Episode". Just click on that, then select "save file" and click "ok". That's it!

Question: What is following/subscribing?

Answer: Some people "follow" our podcast so they can be informed when a new episode comes out. Podomatic sends them an email when our new podcasts are ready to be heard. In Itunes - it's called subscribing.

I prefer Itunes. Can I get your podcast there?

Yes! Just type in Palm Coast Jazz into the search bar on Itunes and voila! For convenience, here is a link to our Itunes page.

Question: What are the advantages of a podcast?

Answer: Radio is awesome and there's nothing like listening to a live broadcast with friendly djs. However, there are quite a few advantages to podcasts. Here are some:

a) You can listen whenever you want, however many times you want. Unlike radio - you don't have to tune in at a specific time, and won't miss your show if you are out or have to work etc

c) If you like something you heard, you can just click on the progress bar to where it began, and listen to it again!

d) You can take it on the go: download it to your phone, tablet, mp3 player, etc and listen in the car, at the gym, on your walk...

e) Info!! On the podcast page we post a playlist, with all kinds of info: song title, artist, album, musicians on the track, a link to the artist's website and a link to the online store where you can purchase the song or album!

Question: This is a great idea - how can I help?

Answer: An easy way to help is to click the share button under our Facebook podcast posts, and share it on your own Facebook wall. This helps the music and the artists reach new listeners - our main goal!

If you have a company or business - we are always looking for sponsors for our podcasts, to cover bandwidth costs... if you would like to know more send us an email at Individual, non-commercial sponsors are also welcome.

We hope we cleared up some of the mystique behind the name. All you need do is click and enjoy! If you haven't heard one yet - we've posted one below to get you started. :) - PCJ

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