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Podcasting For Dummies

Tee Morris, Evo Terra, Dawn Miceli (Foreword by), Drew Domkus (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-471-78888-1

Nov 2005

360 pages

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Description

Podcasting is like blogging out loud! It gives you a voice—one that can be heard worldwide on computers, iPods, or other MP3 players. You can podcast to boost your business, promote your passion, share your opinions, or just have fun. The point is to say what you want to say to those who want to hear it. With step-by-step explanations, screen shots, and tons of examples, this guide clues you in on recording, producing, and hosting your very own podcast with info on:
  • Finding your voice and your niche, whether you want to talk tech, make your own kinds of music, educate listeners, make people laugh, do soundseeing tours, serialize your novel, or invent a new podcasting genre  
  • Getting the bare necessities (if you don’t already have them), including a microphone, recording software, and an audio card
  • Audio editing software such as Audacity, Cakewalk for PCs, GarageBand for musicality, and Audio HiJack Pro for Macs
  • Recording, including understanding dB (decibel levels), capturing or minimizing ambient noise, and more
  • Editing with GarageBand or Audacity, adding bed music, and including intros and outros for a signature finishing touch

You want your podcast to be heard. Podcasting For Dummies helps you launch and promote it with info on how to:

  • Downsize your audio files with MP3 compression
  • Change bit rates and sample rates in Audacity and iTunes
  • Create and edit your ID3 tags in Audacity or iTunes
  • Post your show notes using Movable Type or Libsyn
  • Simplify the RSS 2.0 feed by using blogging software or a podcast-hosting company such as Audioblog.com, Podcastamatic, and Feeder
  • Ping for publicity
  • Communicate with your listeners on your blog, through online discussion groups such as Yahoo! Groups or Google Groups, or on online forums

Of course, if you want to be a podcatcher (a listener) and subscribe to podcasts, this guide shows you how to do that, too! Complete with a companion podcast—a free weekly audio commentary that will keep you up to speed on the podsphere—this guide helps you get your message heard, loud and clear.

Foreword.

Introduction.

Part I: Podcasting on a Worldwide Frequency.

Chapter 1: Getting the Scoop on Podcasting.

Chapter 2: Getting the Gadgets That Make a Podcast Go.

Part II: The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Podcasting.

Chapter 3: Before You Hit the Record Button.

Chapter 4: So What Are You Waiting For? Record, Already!

Chapter 5: Cleanup, Podcast Aisle 7!

Part III: So You’ve Got This Great Recording of Your Voice. Now What?

Chapter 6: Shrink That Puppy and Slap a Label on It.

Chapter 7: Move It on Up (To Your Web Server).

Chapter 8: Posting Show Notes.

Chapter 9: Geeking Out on XML and RSS.

Part IV: Start Spreadin’ the News about Your Podcast.

Chapter 10: Of Pings and Directories.

Chapter 11: Speaking Directly to Your Peeps.

Chapter 12: Fishing for Listeners.

Part V: Pod-sibilities to Consider for Your Show.

Chapter 13: Show Me the Money.

Chapter 14: Podcasting for Publicity.

Chapter 15: Podcasting for Passion.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Top Ten Types of Podcasts to Check Out.

Chapter 17: Top Ten Most Influential People in Podcasting.

Chapter 18: Top Ten Reasons Why Podcasting Won’t Kill Radio.

Chapter 19: Top Ten Reasons Why Podcasting Will Kill (Or Seriously Dent) Radio.

Index.

“…Evo Terra,who wrote the book on podcasting, literally; he was co-author of ‘Podcasting For Dummies’” (Observer, March 2007)
Season 2: Episode 27: Noise Reduction

If you're not into the podcasting scene, you can listen to the latest podcast episode by clicking on the following episode links, or by right-clicking and using the "Save Target As" option to save the file to your hard drive.

Season Two: Podcasting For Dummies and Expert Podcasting For Dummies co-author Tee Morris returns for a second season of the Podcasting For Dummies companion podcast. In these episodes, Tee goes more in-depth into the tricks of making a top notch podcast. This season also features Podcasting For Dummies, 2nd Edition co-author Chuck Tomasi and strangerthing.tv's Earl Newton offering their insight about podcasting.

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Season 2: Episode 26: Making a Good Interview Sound Great
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Season 2: Episode 25: Reviewing the G-Track (with Phil Rossi)
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Season 2: Episode 24: The Mystery of Microphones (with Phil Rossi)
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Season 2: Episode 23: An Intro to Video Podcasting with Earl Newton
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Season 2: Episode 22: Launching a New Podcast
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Season 2: Episode 21: Welcome Back! (with Lani Tupu)
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Season 2 Enhanced: Episode E7: Noise Reduction

If you're not into the podcasting scene, you can listen to the latest podcast episode by right-clicking and using the "Save Target As" option to save the file to your hard drive.

Season Two (Enhanced*): Podcasting For Dummies and Expert Podcasting For Dummies co-author Tee Morris returns for a second season of the Podcasting For Dummies companion podcast. In these episodes, Tee goes more in-depth into the tricks of making a top notch podcast. This season also features Podcasting For Dummies, 2nd Edition co-author Chuck Tomasi and strangerthing.tv's Earl Newton offering their insight about podcasting.

* An enhanced podcast is a podcast that can also include images that appear in your audio player corresponding to the audio, chapter markers that allow you to page through the podcast like you would move from track to track on an audio CD, or Web and e-mail links that let you click through to other sites while the enhanced podcast is playing. Podcasting For Dummies and Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies author Tee Morris has teamed with his Podcasting For Dummies, 2nd Edition co-author Chuck Tomasi and stragerthings.tv's Earl Newton to create enhanced versions of the season two episodes of the companion podcast for Podcasting For Dummies and Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies. This feed will also feature exclusive video episodes of the podcast.

The enhanced features of these episodes are fully viewable in Apple's iTunes media player or on generation 4 or newer iPods (iPods with photo/video capability purchased after June 2005). You can download a copy of iTunes for free at http://www.apple.com/itunes/.

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Season 2 Enhanced: Episode E6: Making a Good Interview Sound Great
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Season 2 Enhanced: Episode E5: Reviewing the G-Track (with Phil Rossi)
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Season 2 Enhanced: Episode E4: The Mystery of Microphones (with Phil Rossi)
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Season 2 Enhanced: Episode E3: An Intro to Video Podcasting with Earl Newton
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Season 2 Enhanced: Episode E2: Launching a New Podcast
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Season 2 Enhanced: Episode E1: Welcome Back! (with Lani Tupu)
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Season 1: Episode 20: Farewell, But Not Goodbye

Season One: Podcasting For Dummies co-author Tee Morris offers his expert insight on the basics of podcasting technology as well as how to put together a quality podcast. Episodes posted from December 2005 to February 2007.

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Season 1: Episode 19: Listener Feedback
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Season 1: Episode 18: Music in Podcasting
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Season 1: Episode 17: Gadgets and Tools for Your Podcasting Studio
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Season 1: Episode 16: Adding Celebrity Bumpers
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Season 1: Episode 15: Your First Episode
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Season 1: Episode 14: Podfading
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Season 1: Episode 13: Listener Appreciation Part Two
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Season 1: Episode 12: Listener Appreciation Part One
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Season 1: Episode 11: Relocating A Podcast
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Season 1: Episode 10: Podcast Content
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Season 1: Episode 9: The Anatomy of a Podcast Interview
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Season 1: Episode 8: Promoting Your Podcast
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Season 1: Episode 7: Troubleshooting Your Podcast
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Season 1: Episode 6: Setting Audio Levels
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Season 1: Episode 5: Fun with Audio Filters
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Season 1: Episode 4: ID3 Tags
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Season 1: Episode 3: Podcasting On the Go
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Season 1: Episode 2: The Podcasting Investment
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Season 1: Episode 1: Podcasting on a Budget
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