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Once you decide to move forward with podcasting, you will need software to prepare your shows for iTunes. I have listed the software below for your convenience.
I use these programs to create my podcast shows, and you will find them helpful in creating your shows, too.
You will need:
- Audacity – a free recording and editing software that’s available for the MAC and PC.
- MP3 Lame Encoder – an extension for Audacity that exports your recording as an MP3 file.
- WinAmp Media Player – free software to encode your ID3 tags for the MP3 file.
- iTunes Desktop software – software that provides access to iTunes, so you can submit your podcast feed to the iTunes store and acquire an iTunes subscription URL for your podcasts.
- Blubrry PowerPress – a WordPress plugin to add an iTunes compliant RSS feed to your blog.
- Gimp – a graphics software program similar to Photoshop to create your podcast cover art.
- WordPress – this is the software needed to install a blog on a hosting account.
How to Use the Software
Naturally, if you want to create a podcast, you need recording and editing software that’s available for the Mac and PC computers. Since Audacity doesn’t have the ability to export MP3 files, you will need to download the MP3 Lame Encoder, which enables Audacity to perform the MP3 export function.
Likewise, if you do have recording and editing software, such as Camtasia 8, GarageBand or Sony Sound Forge, you do not need to download Audacity or the MP3 Lame Encoder. Even though Camtasia is for producing video files, you can also use it to record audio.
You will use the WinAmp Media Player to embed the ID3 tags to your MP3 files. ID3 tags are very important because they display information about your podcast to listeners, such as copyright, show title and track number of your podcast, and your name.
Someone asked if she could use the Logo Creator to make her covert art; the answer is yes. While I suggested downloading Gimp for this purpose, the truth is any graphics program will work as long as you are comfortable using it.
The iTunes desktop software will let you access the iTunes store through your Apple account. If you do not have an Apple account, you can create one to submit your podcast feed to iTunes. A few days later, iTunes will send you a subscription URL through email.
After you receive the subscription URL from the iTunes store, you will need to add it to PowerPress, along with your cover art. You’ll also add a description and title for your podcast show in the appropriate areas of the plugin.
There is work involved to get the software installed and prepared for use. Once you have these programs installed, you can create new podcasts without the need to install them again.
You can overcome technical challenges. If you can follow simple directions, I am positive I can show you how to install the software and use it to record, edit and share your very first podcast show on iTunes.
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