Casting your voice to the iPod

 One of the many mediums of expressing yourself or spreading information around the internet is via podcasts. Thanks to the iTunes store, it is easy to get yourself published! I am going to provide you here with information on how to get started with a podcast and how to get yourself published! Get yourself known today!


What is a pod cast?
You may have heard what a podcast is but you might not know exactly what that entails. Basically a pod cast is any "show" (or audio file) that you post on a website and link through the iTunes store or put on your iPod. These differ from music in that they aren't just songs, but more radio-style shows.

What do I need?
You have a computer and an internet connection, so you are already halfway there! The other half is some audio editing software and a microphone. That's it! Now unless you are really interested in putting some money into this venture (as it is very possible to get money out of it), you probably shouldn't go straight for the big time software like Adobe Audition. Something free should work for now and also let you mix and edit your show to sound just the way you like it. A good free editing software is Audacity. This software also works on both Mac OS and Windows (as well as you Linux users out there!). Finally, a radio-style voice would be a bonus, but is completely optional.

Ok ok, let's get going!
Well hold up there! Before you start recording you should know what it is you want to say! Nothing is worse than listening to "So.. Umm.. Yeah... Hey guys... ughhhh.. Hmmm." You wont get return listeners that way! Write out a simple script, or at the very least, a list of topics you want to cover and an outline for them. With the editing software you CAN get the "ughs" and "umms" out, but it's best if you don't have them in the first place.

So you've finished recording and you have edited it to your liking, maybe added a musical intro, sound effects, even pretend to talk to your producer but no one else can hear him. Now that you're done, the first thing you want to do is save or export your sound file to an appropriate format. The most widely used format is the MP3 format, but you can have others such as OGG and M4A.

Now where to put your files? The easiest spot is on a personal website or blog. A place that a listener can come and get information about your pod cast that would make them want to listen to it and come back again to check it out. For those interested in starting a webpage or blog you can find places like WordPress or Blogger to be a good start, or if you want to start your own webpage you can find hosting from a host such as 1&1 Hosting. If you would like to have your podcasts listed in our podcast section at The Sink Files, Look for the contact information on our site in the "About Me" Section. There are also places online to host your content such as Media Fire or Our Media.

Am I done yet?
Yes and No. By now you have finished your first pod cast and put it on the internet, either on a blog or just have it hosted somewhere. But other than just chancing upon it via a Google search, how will you get the word out about your show? Google Feedburner is a great place to list an RSS feed. When registering, make sure to select "I am a podcaster". To generate your own RSS feed, you can hit up our Downloads Section and get the free RSS Publishing PHP script!

NOW Am I done?
If you are going to produce your own show, are you ever done? Get working on episode 2! And enjoy hosting your own radio show!

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