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A podcast is a series of digital media files that are released episodically and downloaded by users, theoretically to be played on an iPod (hence the name), though they can be played on any device that supports MP3 files. Initially intended as a term for internet radio broadcasts, podcasting has expanded as a medium from beyond commentary on topics to pure entertainment with the rise of scripted podcasts such as Welcome to Night Vale and podcasts made strictly for entertainment, such as most content by the McElroy Brothers.
Fans jumped on the podcasting bandwagon after it became popular in the mid 2000s, finding it an easy way to discuss fannish interests with likeminded people. Fannish podcasts can contain news, meta/commentary, interviews, readings of fanfiction, or some combination of these. Like any other fanwork, a podcast can be centered around a single fandom, such as Electronic Voice Phenomena (Supernatural) and Snapecast (Harry Potter), or it can be multifandom, such as /report. They can even be about the nature of fandom itself, like Fansplaining.
HistoryRadio Free Cybertron is a weekly Transformers podcast that predates the creation of the term "podcast" by several years.
- List of Harry Potter Podcasts
- List of X-Files Podcasts
- List of Podcast Fandoms
- List of Fan-made Podcasts
- See Wikipedia's "podcast" page for more information.
- Everything You Need to Know About the History of Podcasts. Accessed 27 Sept 2019.