Myth #1 – You need an iPod to podcast
In theory you don’t really even need to own an MP3 player, let alone an iPod. Podcasting gets it’s name from the iPod (Start with the word Broadcasting, take out Broad and substitute Pod). The idea is that you are broadcasting to an iPod, but you are actually broadcasting to any MP3 player or even just a person’s computer through the web. It is also not LIVE broadcasting, it’s more like a magazine subscription.
Myth #2 – You need an iPod to listen to podcasts
As we said in Myth #1, you can listen to podcasts on any MP3 player, UNLESS, the podcast is ONLY available in AAC format (.m4a files) from iTunes. Even then there are a few portable players that support AAC (Microsoft’s Zune, Sony’s PSP, and the SanDisk Sansa).
Myth #3 – When I make my recording and save it as an MP3 file, that’s a podcast, right?
Well technically, no. Though many people say that they are recording a podcast, the podcast is actually the recording plus the backend mechanism that syndicates the recording. The ability to subscribe ( using RSS ) to this special type of broadcast is the reason we call them podcasts.
Myth #4 – Podcasting is complicated
It certainly CAN be, and to get very high quality and high production value podcasts takes lots of know-how. However, there are many ways to make it a very easy and enjoyable process (the satisfaction of broadcasting your production is VERY rewarding).
What you (and your subscribers) need:
- A web-hosting site (do a Google search for web hosting ), or a specialized site such as Podbean.com (which hosts podcasts). Hey, if you are a UMW student or faculty member, how about UMW Blogs ?
- iTunes – or other “podcatcher” – Here are instructions and a screencast on how to subscribe to a podcast using iTunes .
- Something to play the podcast – iPod or other MP3 player, or you can play them from a web page.
To make a recording for a podcast:
- Microphone/Recording device*
- Recording software* (like Audacity )
*Notes: You can use something like a USB Headset microphone. We recommend this very high quality Sennheiser USB Headset , or for a little less money the Logitech USB 350 or the Logitech USB Headset H530 . If you’re using a Mac, GarageBand is a great program for creating a very professional sounding podcast. For recording hardware we have used and recommend the Marantz PMD660 or similar, and the Edirol R-09 or similar. You can even record using an iPhone !