Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Podcast?

Podcasts are a new syndication format for conveniently and automatically distributing audio content across the Internet. Podcasts are based on the same mechanism as Blogs, which allows for automated retrieval and aggregation of content. In our case, the content is an MP3 audio file. This mechanism is called RSS technology.

The name "Podcast" was coined because the majority of users played them on iPods, but you do not have to have an iPod to enjoy podcasts . Podcasts are files that can be downloaded and played on your computer with any MP3 player such as iTunes, Winamp, Windows MediaPlayer and countless other programs that are out there. Some people transfer the MP3 files onto their portable MP3 players and listen to them at their convenience and/or while they do other things.

"Avatar Studios Presents" podcasts are typically around 30-minutes long and are in the format of radio show with songs interspersed with comments by a host and often includes interviews with featured artists.

Subscribing to Podcasts

What makes the process more interesting is that you can "subscribe" to your favorite podcast using a program that can automatically check for and download new content. The easiest way to do this is to use iTunes that has this capability built in. Other MP3 players are starting to incorporate similar features. You can also use a free aggregator programs such as iPodder, iPodderX and jPodder.

To look for podcasts, you can browse or search online podcast directories included in iTunes or look up directories such as, Podcast Alley and If you like a podcast, you can show your support and appreciation by leaving positive comments for other people looking for good, quality podcasts.
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For Artists - How do I get my music played on the podcast?

Our aim is to promote artists to a wider audience, particularly independent jazz artists. If you have a CD you would like us to consider for the pordcast, please send submissions to Avatar Studios, 441 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019, Attention: Podcast Producer.