Podcasting certainly isn't for everybody, but it has grown in popularity over the years and for good reason.
Whether you're a passionate Manchester United fan looking to start an online conversation about your favorite team, or a growing business interested in demonstrating your expertise to the world, podcasting does have utility and appeal for many.
- Audacity is an open-source sound editor that can be used to record podcasts. For a free piece of software, it is quite feature rich, offering advanced editing tools and features such as background noise removal.
- LAME is an MP3 encoder that enables you to encode your Audacity recordings into the MP3 format. For instructions on how to install LAME for use with Audacity, click here.
- Since a podcast is technically only an MP3 file "distributed" via an RSS feed, you'll need a way to produce that RSS feed. FeedForAll is a low-cost RSS feed creation tool that has features tailored specifically for podcast feeds. Alternatively, if you have a WordPress blog, check out the PodPress WordPress plugin.
- iTunes is not only great for purchasing music - it's one of your best friends when it comes to distributing your podcasts. Apple even provides a detailed explanation on how to get your podcast onto iTunes.
- You'll probably want to track the success of your podcasting efforts so be sure to consider Podalyzer. It's a free Perl script that analyzes your server logs for podcast downloads and generates reports on them.