Free Website Content -
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 - RSS
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
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 to podcasts:
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 browsing.
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 field.
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 look.
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. http://www.podcasting-tools.com/podcasting-articles.htm
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. http://www.rss-specifications.com/rss-articles.htm
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.
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
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
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 to podcasting.
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
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
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. http://www.helium2.com/eng/index.php
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
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
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
a wireless text messaging software company.
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