to do a Podcast
Up: Podcasting Primer for Bloggers
By Titus Hoskins
is a new audio technology that can be attached to RSS for easy
delivery of audio files. Bloggers or publishers can publish
these 'audio' or 'radio' files which subscribers can automatically
download and enjoy.
Free encyclopedia Wikipedia, defines "Podcasting" as " making
audio files (most commonly in MP3 format) available online
in a way that allows software to automatically detect the availability
of new files (generally via RSS), and download the files for
listening at the user's convenience."
Winer, the RSS Pioneer and Innovator states "...Podcasting
works the same way (as RSS Feeds), with one exception. Instead
of reading the new content on a computer screen, you listen
to the new content on any capable mp3 player on the computer
or hardware player such as the iPod. Think of your player with
Podcasting as having a set of subscriptions that are checked
regularly for updates."
comes from the two words: iPod and broadcasting. Put simply,
Podcasting is basically adding audio files to your RSS Feed
or Blog. It also turns your RSS Feed into a radio broadcast,
the only difference between it and regular radio is distribution.
Regular radio 'pushes' the signal out; in Podcasting -- the
listener initiates or 'pulls' the cast with their subscription
and automatically downloads the audio file or radio program.
a Podcast is also relatively simple.
First, you have to record your audio file, you can use any platform or application
to make your recording. One good choice would be Audacity, (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)
because it's free, cross-platform and you can mix together multiple audio files
with it. If you're using the Mac, GarageBand may work for you, it's also free.
(http://www.apple.com/ilife/) Make your audio file and convert it to MP3 format
i.e. save it with a .mp3 file extension. Upload it to your web server.
create your Podcast RSS newsfeed -- just describe your Podcast
in your RSS file and place a link in this file to your MP3
file. Each 'item' contains an 'enclosure' tag as in this example
of a Podcast of a Grateful Dead song. Remove asterisks in live
can also post and advertise your Podcasts on your website by
using the familiar orange xml with a speaker logo added. Your
subscribers can download and listen to your Podcasts on their
computer or thru their iPods. It should also be noted UndergroundMedia
has released Podcasting search plugins for the increasingly
popular and RSS friendly Firefox browser.
further interest and research you might want to try some of
- Yahoo mailing list for Podcasters:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/podcasters
- The official iPodder website: http://www.ipodder.org/
- Podcast Alley, a large Podcast directory: http://www.podcastalley.com
- Podcasting News, Podcasting news site: http://www.podcastingnews.com
- Podcast.net, very comprehensive searchable list of Podcasts: http://www.podcast.net/
- Check out Dave Winer and Adam Curry; founders/facilitators of Podcasting
Bloggers and RSS users, Podcasting adds an exciting new way
to connect with their subscribers and audience. ince it combines
the MP3 format and iPods; Podcasting will no doubt, add an
explosive element to your blogs and RSS Feeds. Early innovators
or users of Podcasts can extend the reach and scope of their
blogs and/or RSS feeds by pulling in more subscribers and listeners.
let this new innovation pass you by -- give your Blog or Site
the competitive edge of audio. Start Podcasting...
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