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What is Podcasting?

By Daniel Brusilovsky

Podcasting is EVERYWHERE on the internet. Start by going to iTunes. Seeing podcasting in action will do a MUCH better job getting the idea across than our words can.

Our 3-page technical introduction may also be helpful. Read Podcast FAQs. Then check out these sites or podcasts about podcasting. Go to Podcast Academy or Podsgod.com. Or this great blog at Podcastgearguy.com. Also, Apple has produced several cool videos on podcasting with the audio equipment up close and demonstrated. Apple Podcast Seminars.

Now that you know what it is, here’s what you need to know to create your own podcasts…

How Do I Podcast?

It’s simple:

  1. Create a program that you would like to podcast.
  2. Podcast it. (For specific help, we strongly encourage you to grab the book “Podcast Solutions” by Michael W. Geoghegan and Dan Klass. It will take you from square one to wherever you want to be. I can help with the tools you need for creation. Whether you are going to be working on an audio-only podcast or a video podcast, you are going to need to sound good.

About the Audio Gear for a Podcast

While you COULD use the microphone built into your computer (or camcorder), it helps immensely to have some higher grade equipment. This will greatly improve the sound quality of your audio. This equipment should include, at minimum, a decent microphone, a small mixer or USB audio interface, a good set of headphones, audio editing software, and a microphone stand. A basic setup like this can be had for under $225.00, and as you progress, you can add a quality mixer, some processing software, an upgraded mic or two, desktop monitors, and some more professional stands.

As a podcaster, I relay on my microphone and my recording equipment to get my word out! Start podcasting today!


Daniel Brusilovsky blogs and podcasts at Daniel’s Blog covering Apple computers and techology. He is a sophomore at Aragon High School in California and co-President of the technology club, Mousesquad.

10 Comments

  1. Posted August 10, 2007 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    You make it sound TOO easy, Daniel. How long have you been podcasting? And how long does it take you to create a podcast from scratch?

  2. Posted August 10, 2007 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle,
    I have been podcasting for almost 5 months and I have come out with 29 episodes! A new podcast episode usually takes a whole day to record/edit and than publish! I usually spend a whole week searching for topics. Visit my podcast at Apple Universe.

    ~Daniel
    Host & Producer

  3. Posted August 10, 2007 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Podcast411.com/free

    Go here to learn how to podcast for free with a step by step tutorial

  4. Posted August 10, 2007 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    OK, I have a question. I’ve asked this many times but never got an answer:

    I’d like to record an audio clip once in a while, just for the fun of it. I don’t need the RSS feed because there won’t be a series (remember? I’m not doing a radio show). All I need is a website that allows me to record a short clip, perhaps a conversation with my sister, then hosts it for me, generates a few lines of code so that I can paste them on my blog in order for my readers to enjoy (LOL) them.

    Now, my question is, is THAT still called a podcast? And if yes, can you recommend me a couple of websites that help me do just that? :)

  5. Posted August 10, 2007 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    A podcast is a digital media file, or a series of such files, that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers. A podcast is a specific type of webcast which, like ‘radio’, can mean either the content itself or the method by which it is syndicated; the latter is also termed podcasting. The site that I use is mypodcast.com. It is free and simple!

  6. Posted September 24, 2007 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    For those who do not feel like broadcasting their voice, but who still want to offer more of a personal touch than just ascii characters, I suggest pencasting.

    Basically: write your post with pen and paper, scan, publish. More sober than podcasting in hardware, personal involvement, and bandwidth. Just as limited as podcasting in search capabilities.

  7. Posted September 25, 2007 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Trust you, my friend, to come up with something so fascinating! I’ll check this out. I like the idea. It makes “journaling” really live on the web. Cool!

  8. Posted October 22, 2007 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    FYI, I have added a small critical review about pencasting.

  9. Posted December 26, 2007 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Daniel,

    I went to the iTunes site you listed and couldn’t find any podcasts in there even after searching. I can see things that say they have 100,000 free podcasts, but I can’t find a directory or search for them. The site layout is not very intuitive for me.
    I’ve been posting MP3s on my site since 2001, and videos since 2004, and I guess it’s time to make a real podcast people can get from apple or at least get it listed. At least I have the studio already. I guess everybody else knows where to find them but me!
    I will try to read all these articles and see if wordpress actually helps in this process.

  10. Posted December 26, 2007 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    @ Mike:

    See ITunes Podcasts.


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