346 Should We Stop Using The Term Podcast?

by Cliff Ravenscraft on February 20, 2014


podcastWhy I Still Defend The Term PODCAST
Matt Lovell is one of thirty students who are currnetly going through the 15th session of my Podcasting A to Z training course. Matt started a conversation inspired by something that he heard on Dan Miller’s podcast.

Dan had stated that, starting in 2014, he was no longer going to refer to his show as a podcast due to the fact that he feels that it “implies old technology.” Matt wanted to know if I had any thoughts on this topic and suggested that it might even make a good topic to cover on Podcast Answer Man.

I devoted a majority of this episode to sharing why I am such a strong defender of keeping and using the terms Podcast and Podcasting (Starts at 00:14:55)

Stepping Down From New Media Expo
Some of you will recall that, back in episode 344, I announced I was shutting down the Podcast Mastermind. This week, I opened the episode with another major announcement. Effective last week, I resigned from my position as Director of Podcasting for New Media Expo.

I am very proud of what was accomplished with the Podcasting Track for New Media Expo in such a short period of time. I am thrilled with the amount of energy and momentum that has built up around the Podcasting Community at this conference. As the popularity of podcasting grows, maintaining a high standard for the Podcasting Track will only require more time, effort and energy than I’ve already been investing into the Podcasting Track to get it to where it is today.

Due to the goals and priorities that I have established for myself in 2014, It became clear that I would not be able to put the amount of time, effort and energy required to take the Podcast Mastermind and the Podcasting Track of New Media Expo to the Next Level.

I have also been heavily invested in the concept of potentially hosting my own conference in 2015.

Podcasting A to Z
Do you want to learn how to podcast but don’t know where to start? Podcasting A to Z is a four week online training course that walks you through each step in the process of setting up a podcast. You not only get step-by-step tutorials, but you also have the ability to get answers to all your questions during the four week session.

If you have been thinking about starting a podcast, this is the course for you. Just head over to http://PodcastingAtoZ.com for full details. I look forward to potentially working with you.

Upcoming Event Schedule
220calOne of my favorite things about traveling to, and speaking at conferences, is meeting members of my community. I always make it a point to host a community meetup wherever I travel.

Below is a list of events that you might be interested in. If you can make it to any of these events, I’d love to have the opportunity to meet you. If you are not able to attend the event, but are in that area, I’d still love for you to come to the personal community meetup that I will host in that town.

Social Media Marketing World
March 26-28, 2014 – San Diego, CA
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I am so incredibly thankful to those who have recently gone into my listing in iTunes to provide a five star rating and a written review of Podcast Answer Man.

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Cliff - this is the first opportunity I have had to listen to your PODCAST since seeing your interview via Platform U.  Really enjoyed the content.  As a newbie, whom you deposited a seed into as it relates to podcasting, it was highly informative and authoritative......thank you



I enjoy your show and I mostly agree with everything you said today with one minor clarification. I believe you can also have a podcast feed that is based on the Atom protocol rather than the RSS protocol. 

I know that iTunes somewhat requires everyone to have an RSS feed since it doesn't officially support Atom (AFAIK), but that is a little bit unfortunate since the Atom feed appears to be in many ways a superior format for a feed (blog, podcast, or other). Atom allows for multiple formats for each item (RSS only allows one enclosure per item), so this can allow different content types or even language support in the same feed.

Surprisingly most blog readers do support Atom in addition to RSS for a blog feed, so that's the format I use for my codewinds.com blog but for the audio podcast I have conformed to RSS (to support iTunes) feed format. 

I just thought I would mention that minor clarification before the definition of podcast is officially changed :-) (it should include RSS and Atom style feed, although in practice RSS is going to be the main player due to the iTunes limitation). 

Keep up the great work, you are an inspiration. I'm just getting started with my own podcast and blog, but am enjoying every minute thus far.

All the best,

Jeff Barczewski

CodeWinds web developer news and training

Chris S.
Chris S.

Interesting, I certainly don't consider the term Podcast old media.  I guess based on the definition, I officially have a Podcast as well.  Woot!  Wasn't quite there with the one episode, but with 2 available via an RSS stream, I'm all official now.  Haha...


@GSPN - I'm at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention.  In my first few hours here, I overheard the word "Podcast" at least two dozen times; including during the introduction of last night's keynote speaker.

Ryan Gray, MD
Ryan Gray, MD

Couldn't agree more that we need ONE term. Fragmentation just weakens the publics knowledge. 


Interesting conversation on terminology.  I bet many people don't even know what "podcast" stands for.  I think as major broadcasters dive into podcasting more I think the focus will be more on branding, the content, and where people are driven to connect with it (navigating itunes and other podcast apps is still confusing for many people.).  We shall see where it all ends - maybe a whole new term that isn't even being used yet?  Best wishes on your own conference too.

John Hunt, Host "Keeping You Organized" (available in both audio & video):  Smead.com/podcast


Whatever it gets called in the future...I plan on continuing to develop content.

Doug Terpening
Doug Terpening

Thanks for making the New Media Podcast track so good. Appreciate your work for us.

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@jeffbski  Yes, I should have used the phrase "syndication feed" instead of RSS.  Great point! :)

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@KLJSmedia  That is great news to hear. Before you know it, this will happen at Avon and Mary Kay conventions. ;)

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@Doug Terpening  Thank you Doug.  It was worth the time and effort to get it to where it is.  I look forward to seeing what someone else can do to take it to the next level.

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