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Podcasting developed as an offshoot of blogging—written posts about various topics. The term podcasting was made popular in the early 2000s, combining the word iPod with broadcasting. However, podcasting is not solely linked with the iPod, a popular MP3 device.

Various tools and systems, such as mixing boards and recording software compatible to most computers, allowed virtually anyone to create a podcast. The development of Really Simple Syndication (RSS) files and applications able to easily collect and disseminate these files have created a worldwide market for podcasts.

Today, podcasting is not only a tool of the blogging world. Corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations use podcasting as an efficient and cost-effective way to market their services and products and communicate information to a wide audience. Schools use podcasts as an alternative method of instruction.

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