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.
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|
|iChat/AIM||apple.com / aol.com|
|Audio Stream Routing||VAC||ntonyx.com/vac.htm|
|AudioHijack Pro (optional)||rogueamoeba.com/audiohijackpro|
|Audio Recording / Mixing||Audacity||audacity.sourceforge.net|
|Podcast Receiving (called a podder or podcatcher)||iPodder
Other apps at ipodder.org/directory/4/ipodderSoftware
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