I need an iPod to receive podcasts?
No, you do not need an iPod to listen to podcasts. Podcasts are
merely RSS feeds that include an audio file in the enclosure field.
Many of the newer RSS feed readers allow users to listen to podcasts.
do I create a podcast?
Creating a Podcast basically means recording a audio file, and
placing the file in an RSS 2.0 feed in the enclosure tag in an item.
There are a number of software tools available to assist with recording
and editing an audio file. There are also tools available to create
an RSS 2.0 feed, give FeedForAll
is called Podcasting?
The name comes from iPod and broadcasting, which has managed to
cause confusion because an iPod is not needed to listen to podcasts.
Regardless the name has stuck.
expenses are associated with podcasting?
There is the initial expense of audio recording equipment, and depending
on the quality of the podcasts you intend to create can be expensive.
As far as ongoing costs go, if you host your podcasts and they are
popular you may find that bandwith can become expensive.
I post the Podcast to my website why should I submit it to the podcasting
Promoting your podcast will increase your exposure and quite possibly
bring you additional listeners. The Tips to Promoting a Podcast
article might assist you - http://www.podcasting-tools.com/podcast-promotion.htm
there any size limitations to podcasts?
There are no maximiums or minimums. Obviously the larger the files
might intimidate listeners with a slow connection. Ultimately podcasts
of any size can succeed, if the content is quality.
you have to pay royalty fees when doing a music Podcast? If so,
what site would you recommend?
Podcasting and copyrights are a very tricky issue. There are a series
of articles you might find useful at:
Use and Podcasts
Outside of that a podcaster has four choices: to attempt to obtain
licenses from the record companies; to limit podcasts to sound recordings
not subject to copyright protection (generally, U.S. recordings
pressed before February 15, 1972 [careful: a CD reissue of a pre-1972
recording is a new, protected, sound recording]); to use creative
commons licensed music; or to eliminate sound recordings altogether
from podcasts. (found on the following website: http://www.collegebroadcasters.org/podcast.shtml
This article details the steps necessary to attempt to obtain licenses
in order to use music for podcasting: http://www.bestkungfu.com/archive/date/2005/02/podcasting-music-and-the-law/
This site provides links to all websites with podcast-legal music:
Here is a podcasting legal guide that includes "The Good News:
5 Instances Where Permission Is Not Required." about halfway down
the page: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Podcasting_Legal_Guide
Currently there are not alot of sites sell rights to music to use
in podcasts. The industry is still trying to work out how they want
to handle this.
Currently creative commons or paying for rights on each individual
song is the only option for a podcaster right now. There are hopes
of this changing in the future.
send in your podcasting
questions and we'll add them to our FAQ