What Is A Podcast?
"Podcasting, a portmanteau of Apple's "iPod" and "broadcasting", is a method of publishing files to the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive new files automatically by subscription, usually at no cost. It first became popular in late 2004, used largely for audio files."
What Can You Put In A Podcast?
Podcasts can consist of audio, video, and/or Acrobat pdf files.
How Can The Podcast Be Accessed?
Listeners can access the podcast using a software that will receive podcasts. The most popular software for receiving podcasts is Apple's free Itunes (Mac or PC). Once you have the appropriate software you can subscribe to the podcast. Your software will indicate when a new podcast is available for listening and/or viewing. Check ITunes Music store for an example of some free podcasts.
The following is are some examples:
Note: You need to access podcast URLs in the appropriate software. Will not work in current web browsers.
What Do You Need To Start Your Own Podcast?
• Access to space on a web server (eg. school's website, FirstClass Home Page folder not a good solution)
• Audio Recording software (eg. Audacity, GarageBand, IMovie)
• ITunes (to convert files to mp3)
• Video editing/preparation software for video mpeg files (eg. IMovie and/or Quicktime Pro)
• Ability to create the XML files that reside on the server.
XML files are just web page files. The files include information that is posted with your podcasts. Itunes or your podcast reader access the files when connecting to the subscription. The how to's and the what for's are explained at www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/techspecs.html.
Not into code? Try one of the following softwares accessible at www.versiontracker.com: Podcast Maker, SpunkiCast, The Podcast RSS Buddy, etc. These applications can create the XML files for you.
Want To Do An Internet Based Interview With Another Remote Person?
A lot of Internet podcasts use Skype (Internet phone software) and an audio capture software like Audacity or Audio HiJack see www.versiontracker.com.