What is the Difference Between a Podcast and an Internet Radio Show?

rockthecast | Aug 4, 2016

One of my most frequently asked questions is: What is the difference between a podcast and an internet radio show?  Even with the popularity of podcasts on the rise, the difference between these mediums isn’t always clear.  Here are 4 main differences between a podcast an internet radio show.

1. Podcasts are pre-recorded.  Internet radio shows air live on a specific day and time, while podcasts are pre-recorded.  This allows for podcasts to be edited, while the content on internet radio shows is raw and live as it happens.

2. Podcasts can be played on demand. Listeners can download and tune into a podcast according to their own schedules.  Unless an internet radio show decides to publish a recording of their show as a podcast, their listeners will potentially miss out if they aren’t able to tune with when the show is live.

3. Podcasts can go live at any time.  Because podcast are pre-recorded, you have control over when your content will go live.  If you want to record your podcast a 10am on a Tuesday and have the episode go live at 3pm on a Thursday, you are absolutely able to!  Since you are not on a live schedule, you can determine the best schedule to release your episodes, according to the needs and wants of your audience.

4. Podcasts are published by an RSS feed.  A podcast by its very definition is published by an RSS feed.  RSS feeds have become the go-to way for users to track and engage with your content as it’s published.

If you’re ready to make the jump into podcasting or just want to take your podcast to the next level with amazing guests, connect with me at my team at Interview Connections!

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