How Podcasting Works Tutorial Transcript:
It has been said that in October of 2004
a Google search returned less than 6,000
results for the term "podcasting". Today,
a similar search yields more than 857,000
results. Like the blogging phenomenon, podcasting
has come out of nowhere and attracted an
While some traditional radio talk shows
have begun providing podcasts of their regularly-scheduled
broadcasts, the bulk of the podcasts that
have cropped up tend to be independent broadcasters
who have a fascination with technology.
As a result, some podcasts are a little
rough around the edges. Nonetheless, it
is clear that the technology provides a
significant opportunity and potential. Even
nay-sayers believe that podcasting is more
than a passing fad.
Podcasting is RSS that is used to syndicate
and distribute audio files. Podcasting contains
an audio file in the RSS feed's enclosure
tag. An enclosure tag is used in RSS feeds
to include certain types of files. The file
contained in an enclosure tag can be: an
image, a data file, a video file, or an
audio file. Podcasting specifically refers
to RSS feeds that contain audio files in
their enclosure tag. The RSS version that
currently supports enclosure tags is RSS
version 2.0. All podcasts are currently
created using this specification.
The benefit to podcasting is the fact that
users can sync content with their media
player and listen at a time and a place
of their choosing: radio on demand. And
while this technology is not limited to
music, it seems to be the area that has
received the most attention.
Podcasting is generally inexpensive to implement.
Investment in a good quality microphone
will ensure that the recording is audible.
Depending on knowledge and experience, some
podcasters invest in audio conversion, compression
and audio editing software applications.
Also, web space bandwidth and software to
create the feed for the podcast is needed.
All in all, the initial expense is relatively
Publishing Podcasts In three simple steps,
independent broadcasters can have their
1. Publishers create audio content,
posting it on a website for listeners.
2. Create or edit an existing RSS
feed including a link to the audio file
in the "enclosure" field of an RSS 2.0 feed,
uploading it to a website.
3. Tell the world that a podcast
Listen to Podcasts:
In three simple steps web surfers can listen
1. Download a news aggregator or
RSS reader that supports podcasting or sync
a wireless device like an iPod with your
2. Enter the URL of the podcast feed
into the news aggregator or podcast management
3. As new items appear in the aggregator,
review the podcast's description and listen
to those that are of interest.
As popularity increases it is likely many
voices will be drowned out, but for now,
an independent broadcaster with a microphone
and unlimited bandwidth can make a name,
create an image and change the world.
Useful Tools for Podcasting:
Create podcast feed - http://www.feedforall.com
See All Podcasting Tools - http://www.small-business-software.net/podcasting-tools.htm
Please visit our website, www.feedforall.com
, for more tutorials, including how to configure
the program to create and post RSS Feeds.