By S. Housley
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 - Podcast feeds
automatically bring updated information straight to your desktop.
You can monitor or promote news, job listings, personals, and classifieds
using RSS. The following tools assist webmasters in using RSS 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
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
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
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. http://www.podcasting-tools.com/podcasting-articles.xml
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. http://www.rss-specifications.com/article-feed.xml
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 sources.
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
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. http://www.libsyn.com/
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 and creation.
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 and reach.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
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.