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Podcasting Knowledgebase

Common questions about podcasting, itunes, namespace extensions and video podcasting. Feel free to send our webmasters any podcast related questions and we will post the answers in the Podcast knowledgebase.

Published: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 09:00:04 -0400

Last Build Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 13:44:50 -0400


Uses for Podcasts

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 09:00:04 -0400

Uses for Podcasts

There are many, many uses for a podcast but to understand its many uses, you first have to understand how podcasting works. Have a look at our informational video tutorial:

How to Convert RSS feeds into PDFs

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:00:00 -0400

How to Convert RSS feeds into PDFs

To convert RSS Feeds into PDF Files, you will need a utility to do the conversion. There are a few conversion utilities out there such and but a quick Google search for RSS to PDF will show there are a number of different options.

How Do I Make a Podcast?

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:00:00 -0400

How Do I Make a Podcast?

To create a podcast, you must first create an RSS Feed for a website. RSS Feeds can be created in a variety of ways but the easiest way is to find a good feed creation software like FeedForAll. As part of the RSS Feed creation process, you can include audio references in the feeds items. The inclusion of audio references in the feeds items is what makes an RSS Feed a podcast.

Here are some tutorials:

Podcasting Tutorial
iTunes Podcasting Tutorial

How Do I Download Podcasts?

Tue, 7 Jun 2011 09:00:00 -0400

How Do I Download Podcasts

To download a Podcast, you will need a Feed Reader or Podcatcher. These days, most web browsers have built-in Feed Readers, so you can usually simply click on a link to open a podcast. Alternatively, you can download and install your own Feed Reader. For more information on how to select an RSS Reader, have a look at this video tutorial:

What is the Difference Between Blogging and Podcasting?

Tue, 31 May 2011 09:00:00 -0400

What is the Difference Between Blogging and Podcasting?

To understand the difference between blogging and podcasting, you first need to understanding what each is. A blog is a website based journal or log of information created and provided by the writer. Most blogs are text based but can include images, video and audio. A podcast is an RSS Feed that has an audio component. Many blogs include an RSS Feed and or a podcast.

How do You Record Audio from YouTube?

Tue, 31 May 2011 09:00:00 -0400

How do You Record Audio from YouTube?

To record audio from a YouTube video, you will need software to do so. There are many different programs that can do this, such as RecordForAll, Audacity or Freerecorder. Alternatively, if you have an actual PCI/USB sound card, some have a built in recording function that will allow you to record anything played to an audio file.

Podcast Definition

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:00:00 -0400

Podcast Definition

A podcast is an RSS Feed whose items contain digital media files. Audio podcasts are far more common than Video podcasts but due to the increasing ubiquity of high speed internet, this is changing. New content for podcasts is often released episodically and downloaded through web syndication.

Who Created Podcasting?

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:00:00 -0400

Who Created Podcasting?

There is some debate as to who specific credit should be given to but the general consensus is that Adam Curry and Dave Winer worked together on the concept in 2003 and 2004 to create the idea to automate the delivery and syncing of textual content to portable audio players.

How to Make a Podcast for a Website?

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:00:00 -0400

How to Make a Podcast for a Website?

To make a podcast for a website, you will need to create a podcast, then upload it to a website. To create a podcast, you must first create an RSS Feed for a website. RSS Feeds can be created in a variety of ways but the easiest way is to find a good feed creation software like FeedForAll. As part of the RSS Feed creation process, you can include audio references in the feeds items. The inclusion of audio references in the feeds items is what makes an RSS Feed a podcast. There are a number of video tutorials to assist you in creating a podcast.

How Do I Edit Audio Files?

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:00:00 -0500

How do I edit audio files?

Use an audio file editor to edit audio files. If you are using RecordForAll:

1. Open the Audio File
2. Highlight the section you wish to remove and hit delete.
3. Save the Audio File

Here are some additional audio editing resources.

What are Podcast Clients or Podcatchers?

Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:33:23 -0500

What are podcasting clients or podcatchers?

Podcatchers or podcasting clients are used to download and manage podcasts. Some RSS feed readers have the ability to manage podcasts built in. Podcatchers are designed to automatically access the RSS feed and any files that are associated with it. Podcatchers only download files and RSS feeds that are subscribed to.

What are the Legalities of Recording Telephone Interviews?

Thu, 3 Jun 2010 09:00:00 -0400

What are the legalities of recording telephone interviews?

It depends on where you live and where the person you are recording lives. For example in the United States in some states there is a one party rule, which means only one party need to be aware the conversation is being recorded. Other states have a two party rule, check that laws that govern your area.

What are ID3 Tags?

Thu, 27 May 2010 09:00:00 -0400

What are ID3 Tags?

An ID3 is a metadata container most often used in conjunction with the MP3 audio file format. It allows information such as the title, artist, album, track number, or other information about the file to be stored in the file itself.

How Do you Create and Maintain a Podcast Feed?

Thu, 20 May 2010 09:00:00 -0400

How Do you Create and Maintain a Podcast Feed?

A podcast is simply an RSS feed that contains an audio file in the enclosure field. You can create the podcast feed using software like FeedForAll, there is a Windows and a Mac version. This tutorial will  walk you through the process of creating a podcast using the software -

Will RecordForAll run under Windows 7?

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:00:00 -0400

Can RecordForAll run under Windows 7?

Yes there is a step by step tutorial that explains how to install RecordForAll on Windows 7.

Will FeedForAll Run under Windows 7?

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:00:00 -0400

Can I run FeedForAll on Windows 7?

This is a step by step tutorial that explains how to install FeedForAll on Windows 7 - 32 Bit.
This is a step by step tutorial that explains how to install FeedForAll on Windows 7 - 64 Bit.

Will RecordForAll Run Under Vista?

Tue, 2 Feb 2010 09:00:00 -0500

Will RecordForAll run on Vista?


When you go to install RFA, right-click on the install file and choose Run As Administrator

Also, try Run As Administrator when running the program and see if that helps too.

Where Can I Find Sound Effects for My Podcast?

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 09:00:00 -0500

Where can I find sound fx?

Digital Sound Effects is a new portal that contains thousands of sound effects.Each sound effect is available as a download in a zip file. The zip file contains the sound effect in an MP3, Wav, and WMA format. The effects on are all royalty free which means they can be downloaded and used without the broadcaster having to pay royalties for the use of the sound effect. The broadcaster or publisher pays a single fee and are able to use effects in any capacity that they choose.The sound effects can be used on websites, podcast productions or any other format.

Publishers and broadcasters can purchase a single effect, a five pack of sound effects or they can purchase a subscription to the Digital Sound Effects Directory which will give them access to an unlimited number of sound effects for a specified period of time.

Digital Sound Effects

How Do I Subscribe to a Podcast?

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 09:00:00 -0500

How do I subscribe to a podcast?

Follow this video tutorial to subscribe to a podcast.

How Do I Create a Video Podcast?

Mon, 4 Jan 2010 09:00:00 -0500

How Do I Create a Video Podcast?

Here is a video tutorial that explains how to create a video podcast.

Where Can I Submit My Video Podcasts?

Mon, 5 Oct 2009 09:00:00 -0400

Where do I submit my videocast?

In addition to YouTube you can submit your video podcast to a large number of podcast directories and video directories.

How Can I Submit My Podcast to iTunes?

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 09:00:00 -0400

How can I submit my podcast to Apple iTunes?

First off you have to make sure that you include iTunes tags in your podcast. There is a tutorial that will walk you through setting up an iTunes compatible podcast -
Once the feed is properly created, then you can login to iTunes and submit the feed to iTunes here.

Can iTunes Host Podcasts?

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:00:00 -0500

Is it possible for a customer to create a podcast  and post it on iTunes, WITHOUT first uploading the audio file or podcast  to the a web server?

No, the iTunes Store does not host anything.  It only points to web  servers on the net.  And the iTunes software downloads the podcast feed directly from the web servers on the net, not from Apple.

My iTunes Music Did Not Download, What Do I Do?

Tue, 4 Dec 2007 09:00:00 -0500

I purchased music on iTunes and it did not download, what do I do?

Check your purchase history in iTunes. If the song is not appearing in your history or the purchased playlist it means that the transaction did not go through. You will need to purchase the software.

Any Tips for Getting Subscribers?

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 09:00:00 -0400

With the increase noise ratio, how do I make my podcast grab the attention of subscribers?

Make sure that your podcast is of professional quality. Use theme music and an intro and outro. Invest in a good microphone and vet your content. Use these tips to make your podcast standout.

Where Can I Find Intros and Extros?

Mon, 23 Jul 2007 09:00:00 -0400

Where can I find music that I can use in my shows intros and extros?

Easy, you can use PodSafe music, and there are a number of resources available to assist you in locating music files that can be used royalty-free. This article details where to locate PodSafe music.

How Will Musicians Benefit From Podcasting?

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 09:00:00 -0400

Podcasts effectively give music away for free. How will this benefit independent artists?

Podcasts vastly increase the exposure that an Indie artist receives. The expense of podcasting is minimal and can really help build up a fan base. Keep in mind that an Indie podcast does not need to be ALL music, you can incorporate in other things from show dates, to band member interviews.

In the long run Indie Artists Definitely Benefit from Podcasting.

How Do I Remove a Sound Segment from My Podcast?

Mon, 16 Jul 2007 09:00:00 -0400

I have a long diatribe in my podcast interview and I would like to edit out a section that just rambles. Is there any easy way to do that without re-recording the whole thing?

Yes! If you are using RecordForAll you need only to highlight the section of the audio that you would like to remove, and hit delete. RecordForAll will remove that section of the recording.

You can also use RecordForAll to break your show into segments and insert advertisements or commercials.

Where Do I Submit my Political Podcast?

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 09:00:00 -0400

What directories can I submit my political podcast to? I would like to extend my audience?

You can submit your political podcasts to the podcasting directories listed, I would also encourage you to submit your podcast to the Political Feeds and Podcasts. Use related keywords to describe your podcast, and listeners will have an easier time finding your thoughts.

How Do I Make Podcasts Members Only?

Mon, 14 May 2007 09:00:00 -0400

Can I make it so that only association members can listen to our podcasts?

The simplest approach to restrict the podcast access would be to put your RSS feed file (podcast) and the audio enclosures (mp3 files) in a folder on your webserver that is password protected.

Any Suggestions for Podcasting Interviews?

Thu, 10 May 2007 10:36:47 -0400

My show is all about interviewing, but I am just starting out and I am not sure what kinds of questions that I should ask. Any suggestions?

Take a moment to think about what would be of interest to your readers. Here are some quick tips:

1. Prepare the questions in advance.
2. Do background research
3. Confirm pronunciation
4. Keep questions open ended
5. Relax!

more Podcast Interview Tips

How Do Your Record Podcast Audio?

Mon, 7 May 2007 09:00:00 -0400

I want to podcast but I do not know anything about recording? How do you recommend that I record audio files?

Most computers have built in sound cards, and jacks for microphones. You can use basic audio recording software like RecordForAll to record audio files. RecordForAll has a built in demo that walks you through the process. As you become more experienced you can overlay audio tracks and add things like background music and sound effects.

Where Can I Find Educational Podcasts?

Tue, 1 May 2007 09:00:00 -0400

I understand many universities have podcast lectures, how do I locate those podcasts?

You can go directly to the university  or college website and search for an "rss button" or if you are lucky they might use auto discovery and your reader will auto detect an RSS feed. There are also niche directories that list educational podcasts and feeds.

Educational Feeds and Podcasts
Educational Podcast Network

You can also search regular podcast directories for educational podcasts.

Where Can I find Podcast Music?

Tue, 24 Apr 2007 09:00:00 -0400

I know copyright laws prevent podcasters from using music they hear on the radio in their podcast. How do I find music that I can use?

A new category of music has emerged called PodSafe. Artists creating PodSafe music allow podcasters to include the audio clips in their podcasts without additional licensing fees. This article details where and how to locate podsafe music files.

What is an Enhanced Podcast?

Thu, 22 Mar 2007 09:00:00 -0500

What is an an AAC encoded audio file?

Enhanced podcasts are AAC encoded audio files that syncrhonize images to correspond with the audio content.

Currently there is no way to create an enhanced poidcast on a PC. Mac users can use the Chapter Tool, it runs on Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later - though 10.4.1 is recommended.

How Can I Improve the Audio Quality of My Podcast?

Mon, 12 Mar 2007 09:00:00 -0500

My podcast recording is really rough any tips to improve the recording?

First off get yourself a decent microphone! You may want to consider using a headset as the distance that you are speaking into the mic, will be consistent and your recording will not vary much. Also use editing software ( like RecordForAll ) so that you can remove extra "umms" or noises.

Additional Podcast Recording Tips

How Can I Tell If My Podcast is Successful?

Wed, 7 Mar 2007 09:00:00 -0500

I have a new podcast how can I tell if it is successful?

The success of podcasts can be measured any number of different ways. You can monitor your web logs and determine the number of times your audio file is downloaded to determine how many listeners that you have. If you want metrics that are more accurate you may wish to consider third party hosting that provides statistical tracking.

Many of the podcast directories allow users to rate and comment on podcasts. Do not be disheartened if your podcast does not receive glowing reviews, use the feedback to improve your show.

Where Can I Get an iPod Manual?

Mon, 5 Mar 2007 09:00:00 -0500

I purchased an iPod on eBay but it did not come with any documentation. Where can I find documentation on how to use my iPod?

You may want to check the Apple website for documentation, another alternative is that you can download the pdf iPod Tutorial . The tutorial includes screenshots and will walk you through many of the features and functions.

Where Can I Locate Podcasts?

Fri, 2 Mar 2007 09:00:00 -0500

Where can I find podcasts?

There are podcasts on nearly every single subject. You can search for podcasts in a variety of podcasting directories. There are topic specific directories like Religious Podcasts and there are also general directories, like Podcasting Station , Podcast News Directory, and there are more podcasting directories .

My Podcasts Will Not Show Up in My Party Shuffle Why?

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 09:00:00 -0500

My podcasts do not automatically show up in my Party Shuffle like the music I purchase does. Why is this?

Podcasts will not show up in the Party Shuffle playlist unless you drag them into the Party Shuffle playlist.

How Much Room Do Podcasts Take Up On An iPod?

Wed, 24 Jan 2007 09:00:00 -0500

How much space do audio files take up on an iPod?

An audio file is usually an MP3, the longer the audio content, the larger in size the file is.

Can You Tell Me Where Podcasting Buttons Are?

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 09:00:00 -0500

I would like to add a podcast button to my website. Can you tell me where I can get a podcast button?

There are a number of resources available for podcast buttons. Give these a try:

Podcast Buttons
Generate Custom Feed Buttons
More Podcast Buttons

How Can I Validate My Podcast?

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 09:00:00 -0500

I made a podcast. How do I validate it?

The latest version of FeedForAll and FeedForAll Mac have built in feed validation. If you wish to confirm that a feed is valid you can also use the web based feedvalidator.

How Do I Make My RSS Feed Work with iTunes?

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 09:00:00 -0500

How do I make my feed work on iTunes?

Both FeedForAll and FeedForAll Mac support iTunes. Use this iTunes tutorial to make your RSS feed work with iTunes. This step by step guide will walk you through the process of making an iTunes compatible podcast.

Where Do I Submit My Religious Podcast?

Fri, 12 Jan 2007 09:00:00 -0500

What directories can I submit my religious sermon to? I would like to extend my audience?

You can submit your religious sermon to the podcasting directories listed, I would also encourage you to submit your podcast to the religious podcast directory. Use related keywords to describe your podcast, and listeners will have an easier time finding your sermon.

How Can I Promote My Podcast?

Wed, 10 Jan 2007 09:00:00 -0500

I have a new podcast but now I need to promote it. Can you tell me how to promote my podcast?

Podcast promotion should be approached with the same tactics as website promotion. Identifying and informing your audience will increase communication and dialogue. Podcasting is a great new medium, but creating a podcast is only half of the work. Promoting a podcast is equally critical to it's success. These are some tips to make your podcast popular.

Can You Give Some Basic Podcasting Tips?

Mon, 8 Jan 2007 09:00:00 -0500

I am new to podcasting and I would just like some basic tips on how I can be a better podcaster. Can you give some basic podcasting tips?

As podcasts increase in popularity, listeners have more choices. So while you might be ahead of the competition, you should still be thinking about ways that you can make your podcast unique and stand out from similarly themed podcasts. Follow these basic tips.

What Are Some Innovative Uses for Podcasts?

Thu, 4 Jan 2007 09:00:00 -0500

I know podcasts can be used in unusual ways but what are some of the unusual types of podcasts?

Well there are a certainly a number of uses for podcasts. Some are more mainstream than others. Here are some uses for podcasts:

1. audio walking tours
2. religious sermons
3. foreign language lessons
4. board meetings
5. travel promotions
6. independent artist demos
7. political debates
8. educational and instructional podcasts
9. books aloud
10. sporting events

How Do You Convert Text to Audio?

Tue, 2 Jan 2007 09:00:00 -0500

I have a number of articles that are currently in a text format, I would like to convert these to audio files for a podcast. Do you have any easy suggestions on how I might do this?

Sure, if you do not want to "read" the articles and record them, you can use software to automatically convert the text to audio files. The software uses synthetic voices. There is a detailed article on how you can do this Covert Text to a Podcast.

What is an Enhanced Podcast?

Wed, 20 Dec 2006 09:00:00 -0500

How do I make my podcast enhanced?

An enhanced podcast contains chapters, and images are displayed as the podcast is played. At this time enhanced podcasts can only be made on a Mac. You can download the "Chapter Tool" to create enhanced podcasts on a Mac. The Chapter Tool allows you to create MPEG4 AAC files.

How Do I Suggest My Podcast for the Top Podcast List?

Mon, 18 Dec 2006 09:00:00 -0500

Podcasts that are selected in the Top Podcast list seem to get very popular quickly, how do I suggest my podcast for the list?

The list is not hand selected. Apple determines the list using a complex algorithm that relates to the number of downloads over a period of time. You cannot suggest your podcast for inclusion in the list.

What Happens to Podcasts with Illegal Material?

Thu, 14 Dec 2006 09:00:00 -0500

What happens if you include a podcast on itunes that has copyrighted material that you do not have permission to use?

Apple allows users and copyright holders to file complaints about podcasts in the iTunes Music Store. The complaint will  be investigated and any material found to be infringing on copyrights will be removed from the ITMS.

Can I Add Music to My Podcast?

Tue, 12 Dec 2006 09:00:00 -0500

I have been listening to podcasts that include music in the beginning and end of the podcast, can I just add any songs I want?

No, many people do not realize it is not legal to use copyrighted music in your podcast. Unless you contract an artist to create a music intro and outro specifically for your podcast, or you license the music that you plan to include, you are unable to include it. As a result "podsafe music" has emerged as a new business model for budding artists. If a music is released as "podsafe" it can be used in your podcast.

Can RSS Readers Auto Detect Podcasts?

Wed, 6 Dec 2006 09:00:00 -0500

Some RSS readers and news aggregators are able to auto-detect an RSS feed for content, but can they auto-detect the presence of a podcast?

Yes! In fact you can use the following free online RSS auto discovery tool to generate the code to include in the head tag of your website. Any website visitors that use an RSS reader that auto-detects content will be able to detect that you have an RSS / Podcast Feed available.

Do You Delete Old Audio Files From Podcasts?

Mon, 4 Dec 2006 09:00:00 -0500

When you add a new podcast to a feed, do you just add an additional item or do you delete the old podcast before uploading?

Most podcasters archive old podcasts (audio files) for a reasonable amount of time. When they add a new podcast to an existing podcast feed, they simply add an additional item.  The frequency of your podcasts, hosting expense and popularity of your show may dictate how long you leave the audio archives active.

Be sure to name the audio files differently for each item, if you name the audio file the same as a previous audio show, then RSS readers may not realize that the content is new.

What Subjects are Covered in Podcasts?

Mon, 13 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0400

What kinds of material are included in podcasts?

Nearly any topic you can think of has been covered in a podcast. Podcasts have been used for:

Virtual audio tours
Sports coverage
Music shows
Foreign language lessons

A quick search of any podcast directory will generate all different types of podcasts.

Where Can I get a Podcast Button?

Fri, 10 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I would like to put a graphic on my website to indicate that I have a podcast. Where can I get a podcast icon or button?

There are a large number of sites that have buttons or icons. Some can be customized while others are more generic. When website visitors click on the button they should be able to access your podcast feed.

Try these buttons out -
Colorful Podcasting Graphics
Customized Podcast Buttons
Tim Madden's Graphics
More RSS and Podcasting Graphics

How Can I Measure The Success of My Podcast?

Mon, 6 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0400

How can I tell how successful my podcast is? Are there any tools for measuring a podcast?

Great question, there are a number of different ways that success can be measured. First off you should monitor your bandwidth to get an idea of how many people are downloading the podcast. Are there traffic surges when you release a show? Do your archives receive activity after you release a current show? This could mean you are gaining new listeners. Keep in mind that there is no way to track whether a listener actually listens to a show. After downloading they could listen 100 times or none.

Other podcasters consider their success by the ratings that their podcast receives. Many of the podcast directories allow users to rate podcasts. Keep in mind that generally anyone can vote, so the ratings are not always reflective.

Other podcast directories actually review podcasts. These sites are a little more reflective of the podcasts quality. The reviews are generally detailed and will provide concrete pros-and-cons to the various podcasts. Generally the better the reviews the more people will listen.

How Can I Get People to Listen to My Podcast?

Fri, 3 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I have created a podcast but how do I actually get listeners? Do you have any suggestions for promoting podcasts?

Creating the podcast is the hardest part. Next you just need to let your listeners know. As with any type of release or news announcement you may want to do a press release. You will want to add the auto-discovery for your podcast feed to your web page. You will want to use any existing communication channels that you have (forums, newsgroups, website, newsletter) to let visitors know that a podcast is available. You may want to add iTunes tags and list your podcast in the iTunes directory.

This article will be helpful as well:
Tips for Promoting Podcasts

What is the Type in The Enclosure Field?

Wed, 1 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0400

What should I put in the type field in the enclosure field? I have a video podcast.

The type field in the enclosure field refers to the type of file in the enclosure. You should use the appropriate MIME types to identify the appropriate file format. If you are using software like the newer versions of FeedForAll the software will auto-detect the MIME type based on the file that you enter. Please keep in mind this field is not optional, if you are including an enclosure you need to include the length and the appropriate MIME type in order for your feed to be considered valid.

What is the Difference Between a Podcast Feed and an RSS Feed?

Mon, 30 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

Are the terms podcast feed and rss feed interchangeable? If not what are the differences?

A podcast feed is an RSS feed that contains an audio file in the enclosure field. A podcast feed is an RSS feed, but an RSS feed may not always be a podcast.

There are lots of RSS feeds that do not contain any enclosures.

What are the Benefits to Podcasts?

Fri, 27 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

What benefits are to listening to podcasts rather than radio or other forms of media?

Listen when, where and to what you want. Podcasting is like portable radio on demand, you can choose to listen to it whenever you would like. The portability of an iPod or other MP3 players allow listeners to listen where they want. And finally the topics that have podcasts are expanding at a rapid rate. You can listen to podcasts on almost any topic, you choose what you want to hear.

Another added benefit to podcasting is that you can listen how you want. Listeners can listen using an MP3 player, on their computer or they can burn the audio to a CD Rom for archiving.

What Kinds of Things Can You Listen to in a Podcast?

Fri, 27 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

What kinds of topics are talked about in podcasts?

It might be easier to ask what topics do not have podcasts for them. Since podcasts took hold in August of 2004, podcasts on nearly every topic have emerged. The recording quality of the podcast can vary greatly as well as the quality of the podcasts contents. There are podcasts available in nearly every language, and on nearly every subject from political debates to quilting.

If you are looking for podcasts on a specific topic then you can search the podcast directories using keywords. Some directories allow listeners to rate the podcasts while others focus on grouping similarly themed podcasts together like podcasting station.

What is The Difference Between a NetCast and Podcast?

Wed, 25 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I was on a site and they have netcasts instead of podcasts. What is the difference?

There is no difference. Apple had attempted to "protect" the term "pod" and filed suits against a few companies that were using the term podcast in their company name, as a result some companies coined the term netcast to replace the term podcast. Most feel that there is little basis for Apple's lawsuits and that the term podcast and podcasting cannot be trademarked or protected.

The term netcast has not been widely adopted but it is safe to assume it is synonymous with the term podcast. It is likely that the term podcast and podcasting will remain the more popular terms.

Why Are Some Podcasts so Different?

Mon, 23 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I have subscribed to a handful of podcasts and I was shocked by the quality differences between the podcasts. Why is there such a difference?

Podcasting has a very low barrier to entry. In fact podcasting actually requires very little equipment, as a result almost anyone can podcast.

That said the podcast recording equipment that podcasters use cover the spectrum, from high-quality recording and mixing equipment, to a plain old computer with a built in microphone. Hence the sound quality can vary signifcantly from one podcast to another. Hobbiest who are just testing the waters are unlikely to invest in the expensive recording equipment that some of the more experienced podcasters or businesses use, feeling that the power of their message is far more important than intro music or sound mixing.

Some podcasters take time to edit their podcasts, while others post everything in its raw recorded format, not editing out the coughs and "umms". As a result podcast quality can vary greatly.

My Podcast Was Removed from ITMS Why?

Fri, 20 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

My podcast was listed in the iTunes Music Store, it has since been removed. Why was my podcast removed from the ITMS?

There are a number of reasons that Apple might have decided to remove your podcast.

1. The podcast was not functioning properly, users reported having difficulties downloading or playing it.

To make sure this is not the case, test your podcast by subscribing to it, validate your podcast feed, or use a tool to create the podcast feed rather than handcoding it.

2. The podcast was listed incorrectly. Either the wrong language or category was selected.

When submitting your podcast pay particular attention to the category selection.

3. The podcast contained explicit content without an explicit tag.

It is important that you identify content with the appropriate classification. Apple has little tolerance for material that is improperly identified.

4. The podcasts contained copyrighted material, and the copyright owner asked us to remove it.

Keep in mind when including musical tracks in your podcasts that the music must be properly licensed. You must pay licensing fees, use podsafe music or contract the artist to provide an original work. It is illegal to incorporate another individuals creative in your podcast without the appropriate permissions or licenses.  

5. The podcast was old or a duplicate.  

How Come My Podcast is Not Appearing in the iTunes Music Store?

Wed, 18 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I submitted my podcast to the iTunes Music Store a week ago and it still is not showing up. How come?

After submitting your podcast to the ITMS there is usually a lag time of 1-2 weeks before it appears in their listings. The Apple reviews all submission before they appear. If your podcast does not appear after 3 weeks, I would suggest re-submitting it.

What are the different kinds of iPods?

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I want to buy an iPod for the holidays, but I don't understand what the differences are or which would be the best one to buy. Which model iPod is the best?

It really depends on what you are looking for. I have outlined the capacity and differences between the various models below:

iPod - This is the largest of the iPod family, and the "original". Its dimensions are 2.4 x 4.1 x .43 inches. It has a full color 2.5 inch screen, and weighs between 4.8 ounces and 5.5 ounces depending on the storage size (30 or 60 gigabytes). Unlike the iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle, it can play videos, including TV shows and music vidoes downloaded fromt he iTunes music store. The 60 Gb iPod can hold up to 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos or over 150 hours of video. It comes in black, white or a special U2 edition.

iPod Nano - This unit is maller than the iPod, and cheaper too. Its dimensions are 1.6 x 3.5 x .27 inches, Apple compares its thickness to that of a pencil. It also has a full color screen to help you manage your music, but it can not play videos. Storage options for the iPod Nano are 1, 2 or 4 Gigabytes in size.The 4 Gigabyte iPod Nano can hold up to 1,000 songs or 25,000 photos. It comes in black or white (no U2 edition)

iPod Shuffle - This is the smallest and cheapest iPod. Its dimensions are 3.3 x .98 x .33, or about the size of a pack of gum. It does not have a screen at all and instead uses a slider control on the back to choose how your songs will be played, either in order of "shuffled" where the iPod randomly chooses songs for you. (The shuffle feature is also available on the iPod and the iPod Nano). It comes in 512 Megabytes or 1 Gigabyte in size. The 1 Gigabyte size can hold approximately 240 songs.

Can a Podcast Item Have Multiple Enclosures?

Fri, 13 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

Can a Podcast feed have multiple enclosures in the feed's items?

The RSS specification is a little confusing. Technically I suppose it is possible to have multiple enclosures in each item BUT in order to ensure that your feed is compatible with as many podcatchers and feed readers, you should only include a single enclosure in each feed item.  

Create a new item for each additional enclosure that you wish to include.  

How Many Podcasts Should I Have?

Wed, 11 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

Do you need to create a new RSS feed for every audio file?

No. Typically the feed encompasses a general topic and each item within the feed relates to the general topic in someway. When you have a new related audio file you simply add a new item to your feed and enclosure to your feed. If all of your audio files are totally unrelated and do not have any common theme you can create separate feeds and group the items into the related feeds.

An example - ABC College is interested in podcasting, Professor Aaay teaches Economics and Statistics and he has 2 RSS feeds, one containing his lectures from the Economics class and one containing lectures from his Statistics class. Professor Beee teaches Multi-Variable Calculus and has a single feed, that contains his class lectures. Each lecture is a separate item in the feeds.

Within each professor's feed they might cover different material that is varied, but the common theme is that it all the material discussed relates to a specific class that they teach.

How Long Should I Maintain an Archive?

Mon, 9 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I podcast weekly and have tried to retain old podcasts, how long should I archive old shows?

That is a great question, and it does not have a one size fits all answer. There are a number of factors to consider, is the content in the podcast timeless or timely? Timeless content has an obvious longer shelf life, but if your podcasts report or comment on current events, it has less value in an archive.

Another factor to consider is how often you podcast. Podcasting daily will result in a huge archive, while podcasting weekly is more manageable, and an archive for a monthly podcast would certainly not be difficult.

The third item to consider is bandwidth costs, how popular is the podcast is it generating revenue? Do advertisers expect the podcast to be available for an extended period of time? Will your old podcasts bring new listeners or has the quality of the podcast vastly improved?

Ask yourself these questions and make a determination as to what is right for your show.

Do You Have To Enter the Podcasts Length?

Fri, 6 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

Will the podcast still work if I do not enter the podcasts length?

Maybe, maybe not, in order to insure the greatest level of compatibility with 'podcatchers' it is best to include the the file length. This should be entered in bytes and commas should be removed. The easiest way to determine a file's size is to right click on the file and view the files properties, file size should be listed. You can usually paste that right into the length field (and manually remove the commas).

Can Podcasts Be Auto-Discovered?

Wed, 4 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I know you can use auto-discovery tags for RSS feeds, does it work the same for podcasts?

Yes, podcasts are RSS feeds with content (usually audio content) in the enclosure field but it is still an RSS feed. You would set up auto discovery the same way for a podcast as you would for an RSS feed.

For those not familiar with auto-discovery, it is simply a tag that is included in a webpages HTML header tag that indicates an RSS feed (or in this case a podcast) is available. Many of the popular news aggregators and readers automatically detect the feed when auto-discovery code is used in the webpages header.

To setup auto discovery you just need to add one line of code to the web page header. For reader compatibility I've used brackets rather than the less than and equal signs that should be used.

[link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Feed Title" href="" /]

Be sure to use greater than and less than instead of brackets <>.

The value of title should be the title of your podcast, this really should relate to the podcasts contents and not just be an ambiguous "My Podcast".

The link should link directly to the RSS feed on your website.

By adding the above to your website many browsers and aggregators will automatically detect a podcast on your website. FireFox, Safari and IE 7 all support feed auto-discovery.

Where Can I get Free Music for My Podcast?

Mon, 2 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400

Are there any places where I can get free background music for my podcast?

Podsafe music refers to any work which, through its licensing, specifically allows the use of the work in podcasting, regardless of restrictions the same work might have in other realms. For example, a song may be legal to use in podcasts, but may need to be purchased or have royalties paid for over-the-air radio use, television use, and possibly even personal use.

PODsafe Audio has a collection of soundbytes that can be used royalty free in podcasts. Podsafe Music Network also has a collection of royalty audio files. Background music can also be purchased from sites like PodThemes.

Do I need an iPod to listen to a podcast?

Thu, 28 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I want to listen to a podcast, but I do not have an iPod. Do I need an iPod to listen to a podcast?

No, you do not need an iPod to listen to a podcast. You can listen to a podcast right on your desktop computer. You will just need to link to the audio file that is included in the feed, in order to listen to the podcast.

If you find it difficult to find the audio file, you might find that using podcatching software or an aggregator helpful in playing the podcast on your computer.

How Much Do Podcasts in iTunes Cost?

Wed, 27 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

Is there are charge for the podcasts in the iTunes directory?

Currently all podcasts listed in the iTunes Music Store are available free of charge. Additional information about iTunes in the ITMS directory can be found on the Apple website.

What are ID3 Tags?

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

A friend told me to use ID3 Tags in my MP3. What are ID3 tags and how do I use them?

An ID3 tag is used to embed information in an MP3 file, the ID3 tags usually contain meta data that relates to the audio file's contents. Many recording applications allow you to edit or create ID3 tags. The ID3 tags typically contain the title of the audio file, the artist and other information that would relate to the actual audio file.

What Audio Format Should I Use for My Podcast?

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I'm ready to start podcasting. What audio format should I use to create my podcast?

MP3 is probably the most widely used and accepted format for audio podcasts. If you use the MP3 file format, the appropriate file type that should be defined in the enclosure is audio/mpeg . Other file format types can be referenced in this handy MIME types list.

What is the Mime Type for .Mov Files?

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

What is the proper mime type for video files that are in a .mov format?

The proper mime type format for .mov files in the enclosure field is video/quicktime .

How Do I Promote My Podcast?

Mon, 18 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I just launched my first podcast. How do I now go about promoting my podcast?

Congrats on your new podcast! Podcast promotion really is not very different from how you announce other new launch items. You may want to do a press release, announce it in your newsletter, add a mention in your blog, and forum. Promotion specific to podcasts is outlined in this detailed article Tips to Promoting Podcasts .

Also, be sure that you submit your podcast to all the podcast directories, there is a large podcast submission list that you can use as a submission reference list.

Best of luck!

How Do I Make My Podcast iTunes Ready?

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I want to be listed in iTunes Music Store (ITMS), what do I do to make my podcast iTunes compatible.

iTunes is a namespace extension that expands RSS. You will need to add additional tags and information to your RSS feed. If you want the tags can be  manually add to your RSS feed or you can use software (like FeedForAll) to add the iTunes tags.

In the Feed tab under 'extensions' check the iTunes extension and the editor will walk you through adding the appropriate information.

What is an MP3 File?

Wed, 13 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I'm a podcast noob, and I'm just starting to venture into the world of podcasting. I see most of the audio podcasts use MP3 files. What are MP3 files and why do most podcasts use them?

MP3 is an audio file format, it actually is a compression format, that allows for audio files to be compressed into  a smaller file size using a specific fractal-based algorithm, similar to those used to compress images into the JPG format. As with any type of compression is does generally degrade the files sound quality, but the quality is not easily discernable, especially with an untrained ear.

Because of its compression abilities and the quality, MP3 files are widely supported, and one of the top choices for Internet audio content. Additional information on the MP3 file format.

Who Will Host My Podcast Cheaply?

Mon, 11 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I am looking for someone to host my podcast. This is an experiment so I would prefer to use someplace that is not to expensive. Who would you suggest?

There are a number of podcast hosts that you can use. Libsyn or the Liberated Syndication Network is probably the most popular podcast host. They currently offer 4 levels of podcast syndication service for individual podcasters, ranging from $  5.00 per month to $ 30.00 per month. Additional options are available for commercial podcastsers at .

Another option for podcast hosting is PodcastFM, they have a number of different options that podcasters can choose from.

Keep in mind that regardless of who you use you will likely want to archive the podcasts and keep them accessible for an extended period of time.

What Format Should the Video File be for a Videocast?

Fri, 8 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

What file format should be used for a video podcast?

You can use any valid video file format for video podcasts. If you are using a namespace extension like itunes or MediaRSS you may need to use a specific format that is defined in that particular namespace.

The following are mime type formats that could be used for video enclosures.

popular mime types for video
.mov = video/quicktime
.avi = video/x-msvideo
.mpeg = video/mpeg
.mp4 = video/mp4

less common mime types for video
.dif = video/x-dv
.dv = video/x-dv
.m4u = video/vnd.mpegurl
.m4v = video/x-m4v
.mpe = video/mpeg
.mpeg = video/mpeg
.mpg = video/mpeg
.mxu = video/vnd.mpegurl
.qt = video/quicktime


How Do I Convert Text to a Podcast?

Wed, 6 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I have some text articles and someone requested that I convert them to audio and podcast them. How do I convert the text to audio?

The process of converting text to a podcast is surprisingly simple. Using two simple software applications, I was able to create a podcast in minutes. This article details how you can use software to easily convert text to audio files. The audio file can then be included in the enclosure field of an RSS feed and a podcast can be created.

Text to Podcast

What is the Difference Between a Podcast and Broadcast?

Tue, 5 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400

What is the difference between a broadcast and a podcast?

Podcasts are formatted in an RSS file, and contain specific information. A broadcast is simply an audio recording. A broadcast can be included in a podcast, by including the audio file or broadcast in the enclosure field.

Some radio stations stream audio which means that they provide a broadcast over the Internet but it is not actually recorded. A file really needs to be recorded in order to be considered a traditional podcast.

Where Do I Submit My Podcast?

Thu, 31 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400

I have a podcast, but how do I make it appear in the podcast directories and podcast search engines?

There are a large number of podcast directories that will allow you to submit your podcast. Be careful in selecting the appropriate category, as many of the directories group podcasts by topic and this will help browsers locate your podcast.

In order to prioritize your podcast submissions refer to the podcast directory comparison.

How Can I Synchronize the Video With My Podcast?

Tue, 29 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400

How do I synchronize images with my audio content in my podcast?

There is no "image" for items in iTunes specification.  If you want an image or images to be associated with your audio file you need to create an enhanced podcast file, (AAC).  This can either be done with GarageBand 3 or using the Apple Chapter Tool (beta).

more information.

What File Format Can Podcasts Be In?

Sat, 26 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400

What file formats can be included in a podcast?

Great question. There are two answers. The use of the term podcast has become all encompassing, it now seems to mean any type of RSS feed that contains any enclosure rather than just a feed that contains audio content. As a result I will tell you the popular formats for all enclosures and I will also tell you the popular formats for audio files.

Because of the popularity of the iTunes namespace I have indicated what file formats support iTunes.

Popular Podcast Formats
audio file formats
MP3 (iTunes supports)
M4a  (iTunes supports)

Popular Podcast for Any Enclosure Type
video file formats
.MP4  (iTunes supports)
.M4V  (iTunes supports)
.MOV (iTunes supports)

image file formats

other file formats
.PDF (iTunes supports)

What Should I Use to Create Podcasts?

Wed, 23 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400

What Should I use to Create a Podcast?

Are you referring to the creation of the feed or creation the actual audio file? If you are referring to making an RSS feed then certainly I would suggest that you use FeedForAll or FeedForAll Mac. There is even a podcasting tutorial that will walk you through the setup process.

If you are looking for guidance in finding software to assist you with audio recording software, I will have to ask you to be patient. There are a huge number of audio recording applications and we are currently evaluating them so that we can provide suggestions for customers. We'll post review information on some of the top applications shortly.