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PodPress: Add Podcasts to WordPress Easily

PodPress is sold as "A dream plugin for Podcasters using WordPress" and they are almost right on base. The WordPress plugin will do all the hard work for you and you just need to supply it with some information about your audio or video Podcast. It'll add the player, make the iTunes compatible feed and much more. It is wonderful!

Features
* Full featured and automatic feed generation (RSS2, iTunes and ATOM and BitTorrent RSS)
* Preview of what your Podcast will look like on iTunes
* Podcast Download stats
* Support for Premium Content (Pay Only)
* Makes adding a Podcast to a Post very simple
* View MP3 Files ID3 tags when your Posting
* Control over where the player will display within your post and what it will look like.
* Support for various formats, including Video Podcasting
* Supports unlimited number of media files.
* Automatic Media player for MP3, MP4, MOV, FLV, ASF, WMV, AVI, and more, with inline and Popup Window support.
* Preview image for videos
* Support for separate Category podcasts

If you use WordPress and Podcast, PodPress is a must!!

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May 10, 2006 at 9:03 am 1 comment

Submitting Podcasts: iTunes Works – Yahoo Issues

I have had great success getting my first client Podcast into iTunes.  First off, Apple has a great tutorial on everything you need to know to create the Podcast feed.  I was also using FeedForAll to create the feed and it seems a little over complicated, but it had a great walk-thru of how to create an iTunes Podcast feed.  Success with iTunes.

Yahoo is a slightly different outcome.  I just submitted the iTunes Podcast XML file to Yahoo and they accepted it no problem.  A few days later it showed up!  Then it disappeared.  I’ve gotten no response from Yahoo on issues so I’m not sure why it’s gone.  I’ve submitted it a second time and am waiting for it to show back up.

Overall, it’s not really that hard to get into iTunes and Yahoo, you just need a good tutorial to walk you though it. 

March 7, 2006 at 12:53 pm 4 comments

Creating an iTunes Feed with FeedForAll

I just used FeedForAll to create my first iTunes feed! It’s quite easy as they have step by step tutorial in the help files that made creating the feed a breeze. Now I just have to get my files uploaded to the web server and see if it works.

I’ll be back later to give follow up information. 🙂

February 20, 2006 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

General Podcast Questions

{from a co-worker}

Can you share some information on the actual logistics for podcasting?

– How do we record someone giving a elevator pitch?
– How are podcasts hosted?
– How are podcasts distributed?
– How do people access podcasts?
– Are they delivered via RSS feed?

{my answer}

Excellent Questions. I know of Podcasting, but haven’t done it. Yet 🙂
– We can use any type of audio recording software. I hear that Audio Recorder (http://www.highcriteria.com/) works well on a PC to record conversations via Skype.
– Or we could use something like Audacity to record a conversation via a computer: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
– Or we could use podomatic to record from computer directly to a podcast server. It’ll do the rest.
– The client needs a good microphone to record, I’d suggest a Logitech USB Headset as they’ve been quite nice. Lee does have one too if you’d like to see one.
– The more professional they want to go the more they need to spend on recording. We can do a decent job for almost free, but some companies like to do professional recording as it sounds more professional. Then you’d need to find a studio to record in.
– Podcasts are usually hosed on the client’s blog. If they don’t have one, then we could set one up.
– Podcasts are distributed via RSS just like blog posts. We can also submit them to iTunes and Yahoo for free.
– People can access them via iTunes, Yahoo, download them directly or one of the many podscast subscription software that’ll monitor the RSS feed for new podcasts.
– Here is an idea how it works : http://help.ziepod.com/index.php?pid=050811091346 – May not be the best tutorial but it may help.

December 20, 2005 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

To understand Podcasts, you must relate to one.

To truly understand what a Podcast is, you must first find one that relates to you and interests you. Anyone can tell you that Podcasts are great, but if you can’t find one you like, you’ll never truly understand.

Today I found one that truly related to me. I’m now excited about getting a Podcast every week and listening to it. What is it? Well it’s Statler & Waldorf: From the Balcony. The Muppets old guys review this weeks new movies in Muppet style. They also bring other Muppet characters on as special guests. Very entertaining for me as I’m a big Muppet fan.

On a side note, if you’d rather watch the episodes, that’s also available on the official site. Sometimes Muppet voices sound odd without the visuals and I think they are throwing a few new Muppets in the mix.
So to really understand this Podcast thing, just go find a Podcast that interests you. There is a wide variety to chose from and it’s not all news and sports. 😉

December 2, 2005 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

How to find Podcasts

Podcasts are scattered across the web and finding them can be tricky. The places that I feel are best to find good Podcasts are iTunes and Yahoo Podcasts. Both allow a user to quickly search and subscribe to Podcasts. However, iTunes and Yahoo may not include some of the smaller, or unprofessional, Podcasts that may be more interesting.

Other Podcast search engines include:

Now please keep in mind that I’ve not done a lot of Podcast searching. I’d like to hear what you use and where you go.

-Thomas

November 18, 2005 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

Recording Skype or Yahoo Conversations for Podcasting

The question came up today about recording Yahoo or Skype audio conversations for podcasts. Both Yahoo Messenger and Skype have the ability to call and talk to people over the internet, but neither have the ability to save those conversations. So, with a few cheap tools, you can record your conversations and turn them into Podcasts.

Step 1: Get Yahoo Messenger or Skype installed on your machine. Both are free. Myself, I prefer Skype as Yahoo Messenger with audio doesn’t work on a Mac and Skype doesn’t have ads.

Step 2: Get Audio Hijack (Mac) or Total Recorder (Windows). Total Recorder Pro is about $40 and Audio Hijack Pro is $32. I’m not sure if the non pro versions will still do the job.

Step 3: Start the audio recording application first. Then start Messenger or Skype. Read the recording application instructions as each differ in how they record audio. But neither should be to hard to operate.

Step 4: Start recording, call a friend and talk! When finished, hang up and stop recording.

Step 5: Save out the audio conversation from Audio Hijack or Total Recorder to your hard drive. Aiff files are good and so are wav files.

Step 6: Use iTunes to convert the large aiff or wav file to an MP3. iTunes is free and works on Mac and PC.
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That’s it. You have the audio for your Podcast!

– Thomas 

November 11, 2005 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment


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