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Do You Listen to Podcasts?

Podcasts have been around for a number of years now, but there are still quite a few regular internet users who have never listened to one. For the uninitiated, podcasts are essentially the internet’s answer to radio (though there are also video podcasts).

Unlike radio, however, you are not restricted to a station’s schedule. You can either stream or download a podcast and listen to it whenever you like. That freedom means you can easily keep up with several podcasts because you can listen to them in the car, at the gym, on a hike, or whenever you have some spare time.

Podcasts can be anything their creators want them to be. There are official podcasts put out by groups and organizations, and there are podcasts put out by teenagers from their bedroom. Some are very slick and professional, while others are endearingly amateurish. If there is a subject, you can do a podcast about it, and there is a good chance you will find one that conforms to your interests.

Podcasts can be highly factual and informative, or they can be irreverent and just a piece of disposable entertainment; both of these approaches have their merits and many people listen to a combination of podcast styles.

Most podcasts are free, though some creators charge subscription fees in order to help recover their costs or as simply a way to make some extra money. Some offer two versions of the same podcast: a short one that is free or a longer version that must be purchased (either individually or part of a subscription, the latter usually being cheaper).

You can download podcasts directly from the creator’s website or through a service like iTunes. Going the latter route is especially helpful because you can adjust your settings so that each podcast downloads automatically, saving you the time and effort.