Podcast Setup

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I have been trying to setup a Podcast for some friends for a bit now. Yikes! It is a little more involved than things looked at first blush. It really is kind of convoluted, depending on where you want the Podcast to eminate from.

 

Overview

You can have your Podcast feed from different online services, some of them are free, some are not. I tried setting up the Podcast through a Google Drive, but it was so complicated I just gave up. I am sure it can be done, but I just needed it to be somewhat managable. I even tried storing the episodes on one of my websites and then going from there, but I didn’t like how that worked.

Bascially, you have to have your feed episodes posted online somewhere that generates an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed. Then you link to that feed in various ways, one of which is the podcast area of iTunes. The problem with iTunes is Apple has to approve it, it takes quite a while for it to get seen up there. At any rate, these people are posting this feed in a iPhone App and did not wish to have it on iTunes, so no worries there.

Eventually, after a great deal of trial and error, I went with a pay online service for hosting Podcasts. There are several of those, but I ended up with Podbean.

Podbean

All of these services have different pricing plans, the more space needed and the more bandwidth, the more money. Here is Podbean’s pricing as an example. I only need one of the lowest plans. The thing is, all I needed to do was have Podbean host the feed, but they have all kinds of standalone website stuff for a Podcast which I did not need. Anyway, the Podcast feed is setup and running. Podbean, like other services, has tons of settings. I am not goinig to cover them here you can check out their website, but I just wanted to show you how easy it is to upload an episode. Here is the upload window:

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You just click on the “Choose” box and select the file (presumably an .mp3 file) form your HD. It uploads it to your feed. So where your feed is displayed that episode will be added to the list. If you look in the top portion of the screenshot you can see where Podbean shows you where you are with your storage space. A nice touch to help you keep track of where you are.

Of course they have plans with unlimited everything, but I did not need that at this time. You can always upgrade if you wish. Podbean also has a great Support area, I figured out several things from reading a few of their articles.

Conclusion

Setting up a Podcast is a bit of a pain, but once you have it done you just upload the audio files (you can do video podcasts as well) and it is shown on your display portal of choice, iTunes or another third party avenue. If you are interested in putting up a Podcast (you don’t have to call it a Podcast, it can be just any old audio file from and event, blog, or whatever) then Podbean makes it pretty easy and their prices are reasonable.

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