Podcasting
The term podcasting derives its name from Apple's iPod, but to create a podcast or even to listen to one, you don't need to own an iPod, or any portable music player for that matter. In a nutshell, Podcasting is a new type of online media delivery. You publish selected audio files via the internet and allow your users to subscribe via an RSS feed to automatically receive new files. Podcasting lets you create your own syndicated online talkshow or radio program, with content of your choosing.

In this article

  1. Make Your Own Podcast
  2. Setup
  3. Podcast Production Step-by-Step
  4. Finding Your Voice (and Others')

Make Your Own Podcast

Podcasting gives me the feeling that I have the keys to NPR; that I can interview anyone I want and then deliver it over the internet to anyone who wants to listen in. Podcasting involves producing your own audio files (usually in MP3, Ogg, or WMA formats) and then publishing them online somewhere, indexed for subscription and reception by an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader. They're then downloaded to subscribers' iPods, cellphones, iTunes directories, or other locations to listen to whenever they want. As you'll see, anyone can do this, using all free tools. The podcasting genre particularly shines for interviews. I've interviewed makers from around the world via Skype or iChat (plus in person) and made them available as podcasts. Check out MAKE: Audio on makezine.com for lots of examples.

Setup

Software

Conveniently enough, all the applications and utilities I use to create podcasts are free. Here’s what they are and where you can download them.

Function Software Platform Where to find it
Telephony Skype windows mac linux skype.com
iChat/AIM windows mac   apple.com / aol.com
Audio Stream Routing VAC windows     ntonyx.com/vac.htm
Soundflower   mac   cycling74.com/products/soundflower.html
Soundflowerbed (optional)   mac   cycling74.com/products/soundflower.html
LineIn   mac   rogueamoeba.com/freebies
AudioHijack Pro (optional)   mac   rogueamoeba.com/audiohijackpro
Audio Recording / Mixing Audacity windows mac linux audacity.sourceforge.net
GarageBand   mac   apple.com/ilife/garageband
Encoding LameLib   mac   spaghetticode.org/lame
LAME windows     mitiok.cjb.net
Podcast Receiving (called a podder or podcatcher) iPodder
Other apps at ipodder.org/directory/4/ipodderSoftware
windows mac linux ipodder.sourceforge.net

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Hardware

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