Podcasting is increasing in popularity
and, realizing that many are interested in providing
audio content in a podcast, we have assembled
a collection of tools that make creation, promotion
and listening to podcasts a little easier.
1.) Podcasting Tools
- Podcasts are simply RSS feeds that contain audio
content. By using a combination of RSS and podcast
related tools users can use this new communication
medium.. The following tools assist webmasters
in using RSS and podcasts to maximize their time:
Tools for Listening to Podcasts
Listen to Podcasts -Listen
to Podcasts - Many RSS readers now include podcast
support. The reader allows the user to view the
contents of the cast before making a decision
about listening. Podcasts that are deemed important
can be flagged or set to auto-download. The following
are some tools for listening to podcasts:
Podcast Receiver - Podcast
Receiver is a free client used to keep up-to-date
on the latest and greatest podcast feeds without
any effort. The Podcast Receiver manages podcast
subscriptions and schedules automatic scans for
new podcasts. http://www.primetimepodcast.com
FeedDemon - FeedDemon is
a desktop client that can retrieve and organize
RSS feeds from the internet. It comes pre-configured
with several news-feeds, and you can easily add
your own by adding the URL for an RSS feed of
your choice. FeedDemon offers an attractive and
easy-to-use interface with integrated web browsing.
Create Podcasts - As podcasts have
become increasingly popular, radio personalities
and hobbyists have struggled to find a solution
to create podcasts, not realizing that podcasts
are simply RSS feeds which merely contain an audio
component in the enclosure field.
FeedForAll - Desktop software
used to create, edit, manage, publish RSS feeds
and podcasts. New podcasts and feeds can be quickly
and easily created with FeedForAll. Podcast feeds
generated by other means can be automatically
repaired so that they conform to the RSS 2.0 specification.
Existing feeds can be enhanced to contain advanced
feed properties, and give them a more professional
2.) Podcasting Articles and
Tutorials - Articles and tutorials based
on podcasting and RSS. The articles are designed
to demystify podcasting and Really Simple Syndication
for users and publishers.
Podcasting Articles - Podcasting
Tools contains a collection of articles related
to podcasting and RSS that assist both broadcasters
and listeners in deciphering RSS and podcasting.
the articles can be read in an RSS feed reader.
RSS Articles - RSS Specifications
contains a collection of articles related to RSS
and news feeds that assist both publishers and
users in deciphering Really Simple Syndication.
the articles can be read in an RSS feed reader.
3.) Podcast Directories -
Directories make finding podcasts easier.
Podcasting Station - A categorized
podcast directory that allows visitors to search
for podcasts that are topic-specific.
Podcast Bunker - Before Podcast
Bunker adds a podcast to their list, they first
listen to the podcast for audio quality and content.
They only list what they think are the very best
podcasts. They add new podcasts as they are submitted
for review, and as they find them. http://www.podcastbunker.com
Podcasting News -Popular
podcasting directory. All podcasts are categorized
by topic, making it easier for listeners to find
podcasts of interest. http://www.podcastingnews.com/forum/links.php
4.) Podcasting Graphics -
Websites that have podcasts available
use colorful graphics to indicate to website visitors
that podcasts are available for specific content.
Podcast Graphics - Create
custom podcast graphics in seconds. If you wish
to customize your podcast buttons and are crunched
for time or lacking artistic abilities, use this
free online podcasting graphic tool that is cabable
of creating a podcast button. The button's color
and text can be customized to suit the creator.
or create custom graphics http://www.feedforall.com/public/rss-graphic-tool.htm
Podcast Icons - Pixagogo
provides a collection of podcast icons from various
5.) Podcasting Blogs - Stay
informed about the latest podcasting industry
news by monitoring podcast blogs. Daily posts
bring readers current news, industry announcements
and general podcasting information.
Podcasting Blog - Daily Podcasting
Blog and news related to podcasting, RSS, podcast
news and aggregation http://www.podcasting-tools.com/blog.htm
or access the podcasting blog feed at http://www.podcasting-tools.com/blog-feed.xml
Podcasting Avenue - Blog
containing items related to podcasting.
6.) Podcast Bandwith Hosting - Audio
files can take up a fair amount of storage space
and depending on a podcast's popularity, can be
expensive to host. Bandwith hosting companies
that focus on the podcast understand the needs
that are unique to podcasters.
Libsyn - Libsyn is designed
for podcasters. They do not require any long-term
contracts and there are no surprise over-usage
charges. They provide a pay-as-you-go service
on stable, secure servers. Every month, media
files are archived and hosting space is refreshed.
7.) Audio Tools for Podcasting
- Managing audio files can be tricky.
Software tools allow for audio files to be manipulated,
converted and edited, providing a higher quality
yet smaller audio file.
Replay Radio - Now you can
record hundreds of radio broadcasts from all over
the world, listen whenever you want on your PC,
CD Player or MP3 player, and even skip over the
fluff. It's easy with Replay Radio!
Audio Conversion Wizard -
Helps you to convert audio files of supported
audio format from one format to another with all
possible settings, using easy, step-by-step interface.
MP3, WMA 8 (Windows Media Audio), OGG Vorbis and
WAV PCM formats are supported, with ID3v2 copying
Helium Music Manager - Allows
you to seamlessly handle the different file formats
and lets you work and edit music formats. Quickly
tag and organize your entire music collection.
8.) Podcasting Forums - Forums
can be a useful for anyone doing business online,
both in terms of reading the content and actively
participating in the discussions. If you want
to learn more about podcasting, consider participating
in the following online podcasting communities:
Podcast Alley -
Podcasting News - http://www.podcastingnews.com/forum/
Podstrigs - http://podcastrigs.net/forum/
9.) Submit Podcast Feeds - As more and
more people get involved with the Internet and
as more Web sites, blogs, news services and other
online resources continue to grow in number and
variety it becomes increasingly important to maintain
high visibility and exposure for the content being
generated by closely following the major distribution
media. As a rapidly increasing number of content
sources, new and old, migrate or add RSS as a
key distribution channel, and as more people utilize
RSS newsreaders and aggregators to keep themselves
informed, the ability to maintain high exposure
and visibility is gradually shifted from complete
attention to major search engines and content
optimization techniques to an increasing awareness
of RSS feed directories and search tools.
Podcasting Tools - Submit
podcasts to the large list of Podcast directories
and expedite your podcast syndication.
Using podcasting tools broadcasters,
publishers and webmasters can increase their audience
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS
feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages
marketing for NotePage http://www.notepage.net
a wireless text messaging software company.