'Podcast' 2005 Word of the Year

The New Oxford Dictionary has named "podcast" its 2005 word of the year, capping off what has been nothing short of a phenomenal year for Apple's iPod.  While some critics believe that Apple is taking too much credit for the activity, which can be done by anyone with a microphone, an internet connection, and recording software, the spread of the activity can undoubtedly be attributed to Apple's influence.

In the last year, podcasting has become a huge phenomenon.  Websites indexing the thousands of availble podcasts have sprung up.  Neowin, as many of you know, began its very own weekly tech-related podcast this past summer.  This past June, Apple added podcasts to its iTunes software, which introduced the technology to a huge base of new listeners.

News source: NewsFactor

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