I saw your comment that you have a phone. Use the Anchor app. It's all you need. Easy to record, basic editing and sound effects included, and distributes for you. It's what I use.
There are free apps you can get that turn your phone into a pretty decent microphone for recording on the go like this - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andrwq.recorder or you can try the voice recorder that may have come with your phone on high quality setting.
After that you'll need some way to edit. I'm not sure what you'd be able to get onto a Chromebook but Audacity is free and very popular, you just need to give it time to get used to how it works.
And after that you need somewhere to hold the pod. Somewhere like SoundCloud allows for some free content or Mixcloud even (it's not great but it is free).
Beyond that you're into needing RSS feeds and submitting them to podcatchers which I'm not well versed in.
And don't forget, when you name your podcast to claim all the social media handles for it so you can reach an audience through those too.
I currently use Pocketcasts, it is multi-platform but that now costs $10USD a year (I am grandfathered in from before they went to a sub model). It works well and does the job. People have a few gripes (e.g no folders for organizing, they want you to use filters. but it does the job). /r/pocketcasts
There is another multi-platform app which I may swap to (I have an account and it's loaded with a load of my subs but I've not made the full jump across yet) Podurama. They are still showing this on their main page "Early users get lifetime free data sync on unlimited mobile and desktop devices" so I presume it is still applicable. /r/Podurama
There are lots of others out there, but those are the two I have used with any sort of regularity.
I'd recommend Invisibilia by NPR. It focuses on the invisible things that controls human behavior, such as ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. RSS: https://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510307
It's been live for over two years. People are writing about it now (again).
(edit:) Google is, as of yesterday, talking more about their plans for the future of this set of features and how they think about the possibilities for tightly integrating in the google search service, rather than as a separate app, but if you look you can find articles talking about this exact set of features in the google app from a long time ago. e.g. https://thenextweb.com/apps/2016/04/20/googles-search-app-now-lets-play-back-podcasts-directly-results/
Audiobook of "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" is exactly what you're looking for. Just a stunning piece of work. 57hrs though. 57! Not a typo. https://www.audible.com/pd/History/The-Rise-and-Fall-of-the-Third-Reich-Audiobook/B003VWJAPA
In my opinion it is one of the best podcast apps for android, it has an easy to use speed boost and time skip feature, it also tells you how long you have been listening to podcasts. you can also play any MP3 as a podcast though this app, this is useful for DCHH, BBC downloads or anything you have recorded e.g. lectures.
In terms of video options, Zoom video conferencing may be one possibility, though I'm not quite sure how it handles the liveswitching portion of multiple presenters on-screen at once.
I've seen some podcasters use Facebook live with the new capability of bringing guests in for portions of the event. It seems most suited for one or two hosts in the same location bringing in one remote guest at a time.
There's also a new service that I haven't gotten to try out yet, but the marketing copy sure makes it seem promising, called Streamyard.
Shameless self-promotion but I made a game called Blerx that is great for podcasts and audiobooks. You can turn the sound off in the options and it’s kind of mesmerizing and zen. My wife is very much a non-gamer but she unwinds with it nearly every night along with some unrelated listening. It’s legit free with no ads, would love it if you checked it out.
Yeah, it's real. I mean, unless their account got hacked. Was browsing the reviews and I noticed Stitcher's replies referred to reviewers' problems as "alleged." I thought that was weird - why use THAT word? why even put that in there? - but then I noticed this one! There are a few others but I think this one's the worst. Most of their replies are neutral in tone but there really shouldn't be ANY like this. Unprofessional and unreasonable. You can page through them here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stitcher.app&hl=en
I had been thinking about finding another podcast app (Stitcher mostly does what I want and it certainly carries lots of good content but it does leave a lot to be desired) but this makes me feel like maybe I should stop merely thinking about it.
I’ve done a couple episodes about it. I’m by no means a doctor or anything, I just shared my struggles and how I fought through them. I’m a veteran and my podcast is geared towards other vets, so I like to share my stories, experiences and observations on how I’ve been able to see life in a better light and see that it’s worth living. Spent Brass Podcast Ep.12
In a similar vein. These guys, Bald Move, normally do TV podcasts professionally.
For this podcast though they only watched the previously on and the coming next episode clips of the show nothing else. They then did a whole podcast purely on what they could glean from that. It's called Rah Rah Riverdale.
If don't know if a podcast but remember a book about "Walks with Experts" (or something like that)
FOUND the book: On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes
IIRC I heard it mentioned on 99% Invisible. If there is a podcast I'd love to listen to it
The podcast ‘What really happened?’ had a great episode on the film John Carter called; ‘The anatomy of a box office flop’ - super interesting, and I can’t believe the misfortunes the film had.
There are a lot of websites that have open licensed music. Mostly anything Creative Commons will give you some decent music, if you have the patience to look. Make sure you check out What licenses mean and then do a Google search for Creative commons music to find what you need.
Hey /u/chogan272, check out Buzzsprout. We started in 2008 and are the easiest way to host your podcast.
We've got a podcast migration tool, so you can just drop in your Soundcloud RSS feed and we'll import all your episodes and details automatically. If you shoot me an email to , I can give you more info and get you a discount code.
Check out this page I wrote on how to make a podcast. It goes through the entire process in getting setup. We have recommendations for hardware, software, hosting, etc. There are videos on the page that give reviews on different podcasting setups for every budget.
We are actually a hosting company, Buzzsprout. Buzzsprout is the easiest way to setup a podcast and we give you stats to track your podcast, and lots of ways to share and promote your podcast.
We also have a free plan so you can try podcasting with Buzzsprout before you commit to anything. Let me know if you have any questions.
Here's a quick short video on marketing a podcast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHd25FjjmIw
There isn't so much a "best" hosting service. Just go for a good one that works and you'll be fine. Castbox has free hosting right now, and should work fine. But Libsyn, Blubrry, Podbean, Podiant are all fine.
Work with your podcast host to get on Spotify. You submit to iheartradio here. Start with being on iTunes because a lot of podcast apps pick up the podcasts that are in iTunes.
For the rest, I suggest you just practice a lot. Just start doing it, then analyze it, how'd it go. And do it again and again improving every time. It's a skill and it takes a long time to master. When you're feeling like you can make a pretty good sounding show, now you should start making your show. I know you're excited to start right away, but by spending some time practicing first and getting things mostly figured out, will go a long way with your fans.
The Blue Snowball is a decent cheap microphone at $50 Blue Snowball
Audacity is a free audio editing software that has a lot of tutorials to make your audio top quality. Audacity Download
As for a computer, you can do it on any laptop it’s just the speed you want your edits and final products to compile is related to your processing power.
Working on this one right now. Great book, don't be put off by the animal part it is very informative on Clovis and Folsom populations and their spread through the Americas. Dan Flores is a great writer.
Audacity is your basic go to recording software. You'll want to use something like VAC to pipe the audio from your communications software to your recording software. Alternatively, you'd install two audio cards, assign one for communication and one for recording and physically connect audio out from one to line in on the other.
Just started a new podcast called The Data Life Podcast. https://anchor.fm/the-data-life-podcast (also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify etc) Recent episodes covered recommendation engines and 3 mistakes to avoid in a machine learning project.
Check out Github page. It turns your github repo into a public facing website. So in your case you can upload your mp3s, create your github page, then your mp3s are accessible from the internet. So in your RSS feed you can point it to your github url and it'll work.
For self hosting at home. Get a computer that's always going to be up and online. Maybe a raspberry pi. Then make it into a webserver with like Apache or something. Then configure your router to port forward incoming https and http traffic to your raspberry pi. So now anyone going to your public IP now can see your mp3s. Then you can use something like dyndns to link a url to your IP in case your IP changes.
Downcast is available for Mac and iOS. It's pretty good too!
I used to be an iOS user, but now use Pocket Casts on my Nexus which is available across Android and iOS, but there's no desktop version.
There´s a podcast called Movements: A podcast history of the masses . I listened to his episodes about the Spanish civil war a while back and I remember thinking it was good. He´s doing a series on the Russian revolution right now. Might be worth checking out.
How about a cooking-themed D&D adventure featuring Guy Fieri as the main villain? It's definitely weird and magical... I'll let you decide if it's wonderful.
I don't recall submitting to them, but who knows at this point. I've submitted the RSS feed to so many services by now, I definitely can't keep them straight.
Regardless, we show up there, so either they're pulling from iTunes or somewhere else we were submitted, or I did it at some point.
Glad I could be no help whatsoever!
Stitcher changed the way they track and report metrics. Libsyn metrics do reflect Stitcher downloads. You can see the official response from Stitcher HERE.
edit: I checked my Libsyn stats and now see Stitcher download numbers greater than 1 for my episodes. I also reached out to Libsyn on Twitter to confirm. I'll let you know as soon as I get a response, but I'm about 99% sure that Stitcher downloads are now included.
Response from Libsyn: Stitcher stats <strong>are</strong> included.
If you're on iOS, I recommend http://overcast.fm. In addition to autoplay, it has per podcast speed adjustments and a really cool "Smart Speed" feature which skips over silence in the podcast. It's especially helpful for the less well produced shows.
Are you all recording in the same room? If so you will need an interface or mixer as well as ensuring you get xlr mics rather than USB. Unless your recording environment is really good, I'd recommend getting dynamic mics rather than condensers. I don't think audacity can handle multiple inputs either so you'll want a different editor/DAW. I'd recommend Sonar. It's a full professional DAW and it has recently been reduced for free by its new developers.
I have a waterproof Bluetooth in ear headset. Pretty nice. Not great for the minute(s) you have to actively lather a bunch of hair but otherwise a great gadget. Here's the one I got. I don't think they make this one anymore but I'm sure there are others.
I can imagine somewhere out there somebody is recording a podcast that will go like this: "Hey guys, welcome to our retro-gaming podcast! I think you all heard about the washington insurrections - today we'll talk about it with other video game enthusiasts in a special feature introducing you to our new podcast gamer politics! But first a message from our sponsors NordVPN and Hellofresh and..." all while sounding like they have had a cold since childhood and without any plop filters
I created the podcast app “Bullhorn: Podcast App”. It’s in the googleplay store. I’m proud of the design work my team did and it also gives you a third option of listening to podcasts without using data or WiFi. Here is the link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.carrierx.bullhorn&hl=en_US
Let me know what you think! Feedback is always welcomed
> A lot of podcasts have ads in the middle- which means if you're working out or driving, you have to stop what you're doing to skip them. Very frustrating.
There are Bluetooth media remotes that can work with your phone and clip onto your steering wheel. They don't interface with your car and they're not involved in transmitting or receiving audio. They're just a remote for your phone to control audio playback (play/pause/assistant, previous/RW, and next/FF). You can use them to skip ads in podcasts. They're powered by a watch battery that lasts about 1-2 years.
The one I like is called BT-005 and you can find it on Amazon, sold under various Chinese brands. There are other ones too, but what I like about the BT-005 is the buttons are physically separate, so I can use them by feel without looking.
I have a magnetic phone mount. My phone connects via aux and runs the Android Auto app in standalone mode (directly on the phone screen, so I don't need a head unit), which is set to turn on Bluetooth when the app launches (so that I can use the remote). My podcast app is Pocket Casts. All this together allows me to safely have several modern infotainment features in an older car that has no smarts at all. Holding down the play/pause button on the remote triggers OK Google (and perhaps Siri, but I don't know).
Pod Save the People, Pod Save The World, Lovett or Leave It, Intelligence Squared, Worldly, Rough Translation, Freak Out and Carry On, NPR Politics, Trend Lines, In Our Time.
All of the about are about 45 to 75 minutes, non-fiction and very informative.
Edit: another option is audiobooks. You can use the Librivox app to find tons of classic books narrated by volunteers. I'm currently listening to Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations and finding incredibly informative for our current politics.
The Audio Closet. You make due with the space you have. http://imgur.com/Sx125za
Here's the link to that episode: a drunk discussion of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
There is always mine - SoundWaves Podcast.
I know it's not at the top of the play store, but I like it a lot (obviously). It has a nice design, completely free, open source and comes with all the advanced features you normally have to pay for.
If you run into any problems, just contact me and I'll get it fixed at once :) This also counts if you have any issues doing things, or problems with the UI. My main problem is the lack of feedback, but the users I do have seems to like it a lot.
Not to burst your bubble but the Czernobog from American Gods is nothing like the slavic diety. But if you can find a podcast on Slavic Mythology let me know!
all I found is this one. no idea how entertaining or accurate it is. https://player.fm/series/mythos-podcast
My Podcast: Make Dad Read Comics is an attempt share my love comics with my 65 year old father who has never read comics in his life. In fact over a year ago he regarded them as “literature for the illiterate”. In that time Dad has stopped at least calling characters “creatures” and we discuss different aspects of comic concepts as I try to explain tropes, methods, and genre. It is really just a nice excuse to talk crazy nonsense with my Dad each week.
Not cynical in anyway just me trying to explain Preacher, Batman, Akira, Spider-Man and so forth with my Dad
But if this is not to your liking
Hey Kids Comics
11 O Clock Comics
I know you asked for podcasts, but I wanted to let you know that there are a LOT of audiobooks in the public domain you can listen to for frizzle.
Not everyone is the greatest reader/performer, but it's such a valuable resource.
Also, be sure to check out Archive.org's vast collection.
Many people use products from zoom. https://www.zoom-na.com/products/field-video-recording/field-recording/zoom-h1-handy-recorder
Also, there are mics you can plug into the headphone jack on your phone. Like this: Monoprice Mini Microphone for Tablets and Smartphones (600200) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KDS3RGS/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_0-8-tb18AW0FM
Also, with a USB-OTG cable, a USB mic might work with your smartphone
There’s a few episodes of Real Crime Profile that focus on this topic. That said, they focus on the recent TV show (American Crime Story) and look at the portrayal of people involved. They also focus almost exclusively on Nicole and what their relationship was like in the months leading up to her and Ron’s death.
Edit: first episode here Real Crime Profile - The People Vs. OJ Simpson
I'm still very curious to know if Brendan Schaub's stand-up is actually any good, but he and Bryan Callen have good rapport/interplay, such that I'd almost say the Youtube version of the podcast might be worth your time as well.
Also, while I'm here I may as well plug my own show.
We talk about movies, specifically ones that at least one of us hasn't seen before, and try to have fun doing it.
While not every episode is horror oriented, both my co-host and I are big fans of the genre.
Some, but not all of the horror flicks we've covered:
The Hallow, Mandy, Krampus, Lifeforce, The Ninth Gate, The Evil Dead (remake included).
Also, you could just read books aloud. Or actor's monologues, scripts for plays, newscast transcriptions, essays, something out of the paper, comic books, anything. Maybe try listening to some selections on librivox.org. Pick a story you know and have or can easily get a copy of, and read along as they narrate. Then practice it yourself. Something like Treasure Island or A Christmas Carol whatever, cause everyone knows them well and you can get copies of them for free.
Not sure about a Windows app. Good luck finding one that will sync with an iPhone! But Downcast will do the job for Mac and iOS. http://www.downcastapp.com. That's all I've got, sorry.
Is there any particular reason why you can't just listen via your phone at work? Using the one device will make your life much easier.
Also, Pocket Casts is the BEST podcatcher for iOS and Android. http://www.shiftyjelly.com/pocketcasts
Download the video after the fact and strip the audio? Do a mix minus on your mixer and record the two sides that way? Something like Audio Hijack or Voicemeeter?
Regardless, I suggest you practice it. I bunged one up once and had to break out a heavy gun to fix the audio. Also, will you be using Studio mode?
We just put a new podcast streaming site online. It lets you stream episodes, create and share clips, and create and share playlists. It's also free and open source. If there are podcasts you want added to the site please let us know!
I've been making radio drama podcasts for about a year and a half now. One piece of advice I can give is to be as consistent as possible, especially at the beginning. For one of my podcasts, our first season had 25 episodes and we only skipped one week because of some personal issues. It feels really good to have that kind of consistency, constantly producing something you're proud of.
Also, https://castingcall.club/ is a great place to find voice actors who will work on your project for free. Tons of people just love doing it and want the experience. If you're writing is good, all the better.
As far as technical experience, if you haven't already settled on a DAW, check out Reaper. By far the best I've used, especially for this sort of project. It's like Audacity on crack.
Past that, I'm not really sure what advice to give. Make something you love and hope other people will love it, too. Also, get the word out as much as you can. That's something I'm awful at and have failed at entirely. Maybe get some b-list celebrities to guest on your show, bring in some attention that way.
If you have any questions or need advice for a specific area, let me know.
Is your co-host local? If so
Behringer Q1202 USB Mixer - $100 (Amazon)
Behringer XM8500 X2 - $20ea (Amazon)
Good XLR cables - I've been told you should be spending around $15 per cable, but buy what's your comfortable with.
If they aren't local? I know blue makes some higher tier USB mics.
I use a NAS that has a private "cloud" program. It's like my own personal dropbox. The NAS is a RAID array so if a harddrive fails, I have a mirror, and it can also back up the entire thing to Amazon S3 which is dirt cheap "cloud" storage. I highly reccomend a NAS setup... This one is great on a budget. (Keep in mind you'll have to get two drives to go in this thing too).
It doubles as a DNS server, FTP server, Web server, Virtual Machine host, Surveillance Camera station and will even host a podcast RSS feed for you!
They did. It was called Listen and while basic, it got the job done until it was killed three years ago... :(
These days I mostly listen to podcasts on my iPod, but when I was still looking for a replacement for the Listen app on my Android phone I discovered Podkicker, which works quite nicely and has an excellent free version.
See this article. You can use the YouTube royalty free music for any creative project. It's very high quality.
1 - Are you on Android? If yes, it breaks rules of either the Play Store or YouTube itself (not sure). You'll need an app from outside the default store. I recommend this one => NewPipe (Lightweight YouTube frontend) - https://f-droid.org/app/org.schabi.newpipe
2 - Yes, I use it to listen to podcasts on YT.
There's an episode of mental illness happy hour on Heartbreak which I found helpful. https://player.fm/series/mental-illness-happy-hour/heartbreak-dr-guy-winch
There's also an app called Mend which I found useful, it's free for a week and gives you a short topic everyday and they also have a soundcloud with a bunch of pods that you can find in the app.
There was some more which I'll try to remember and update at some stage.
I do sports podcasts! I’m always looking for people to interview and focus on Los Angeles sports!
I have reached 500 total downloads across all episodes!
I started my podcast on a whim. I loved listening to podcasts and figured why not start my own? I came up with the idea while driving home. I figured i talked to myself in the car anyways why not put a recorder to it. Here we are 30 episodes later, 500 downloads. The podcast wasn't meant to be informative or comedic. It was just suppose to be the average talking about average things. I do little to no advertising of the podcast, i just enjoy creating it and hearing from other. Nothing but a positive response thus far despite me knowing and recognizing it's terrible content / terrible audio quality / an overall terrible podcast, but i enjoy creating it and that's whats important to me.
I’ve got two for you: Too Young For This Hit is a movie podcast where the host watches a movie he’s never seen with a guest who’s a huge fan. They breakdown the whole movie general scene to scene: https://anchor.fm/tooyoungforthishit
The Ta’veren is a Wheel of Time podcast where the hosts talk about the book a chapter or two at a time each week https://anchor.fm/the-taveren-a-wheel-of-time-podcast
Ezra Klein is the editor of Vox.com and his show is just long interviews with people, often very smart people who recently wrote books. Back in April, he interviewed Johan Hari, author of * Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions*.
> What if depression is, in fact, a form of grief — for our own lives not being as they should?” asks Johann Hari. “What if it is a form of grief for the connections we have lost yet still need?”
>In his new book, Lost Connections, Hari advances an argument both radical and obvious: Depression and anxiety are more than just chemical imbalances in the brain. They are the result of our social environments, our relationships, our political contexts — our lives, in short.
>Hari, who has struggled with depression since his youth, went on a journey to try to understand the social causes of mental illness, the ones we prefer not to talk about because changing them is harder than handing out a pill. What he returned with is a book that claims to be about depression but is actually about the ways we’ve screwed up modern society and created a world that leaves far too many of us alienated, anxious, despairing, and lost.
>The philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti famously said, “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a sick society.” So that, then, is the question Hari and I consider in this conversation: How sick, really, is our society?
Player.fm is my go-to. It aggregates the podcasts with several different searchable criteria, gives you recommendations (that are kind of hit or miss. Despite most of my listening being political stuff lately, it thinks I'm dying for tech news), and functions much the same as Spotify.
Now get an aggregation app like player.fm that lets you make playlists, automatically fetch new episodes of the podcasts you already listen to, and find new podcasts based on what you already listen to and the subjects you're interested in. I've got like 50 organised by topic and that takes so much of the work out of navigating them.
Just topped 12,000 downloads as of last week, and had our first 500 listens on a single episode. (35 episodes over 10 months or so.)
It's been a lot of fun podcasting about lawyers, technology, legal information, and data analytics. It's quite a niche market, but we're doing okay.
The Geek In Review (from 3 Geeks and a Law Blog)
I can understand that. If you want to share equipment and hosting it makes a lot of sense for you guys to be within the same geographical locale. I'm thinking more conceptually, I suppose, like my podcast Local Look is working a mock NPR vein and so I'm trying to partner up with other people who are working in that same sort of vein. Does that make sense?
When I worked in digital marketing/copy writing Moz Blog was my bible. They're one of the top resources on the web for general SEO advice. Here's a link to a podcast specific advice, it's a great starting point.
At Librivox.org, I know I read a chapter or two for a book about prestidigitation and other magical illusions. I found it! Modern Magic: A Practical Treatise on the Art of Conjuring
(Librivox works can normally be found in your podcast app -- here's the direct RSS link: https://librivox.org/rss/8751 )
I'm not sure if you are listening on a phone or a computer but here are the two most reccomended apps.
Podcast Addict - Android only, has a free with ads version but you can pay to remove the ads. Has a lot of settings and features to mess around with but it might be a little overwhelming for someone who doesn't know exactly what they want out of an app.
Pocket Casts - Android and iOS as well as versions for Apple computers and I believe Windows computers as well, no free version of the app. People swear by this app for the way it looks and for the cross platform syncing. I don't care for it though, it's missing a few features that I've become accustomed to on Podcast Addict.
As for Edgar Allan Poe, his work is in the public domain so I wouldn't be surprised if there was a podcast dedicated to him but I'm not aware of any. You could try LibrVox though, it looks like there are a few version of Annabel Lee on there.
Might I interest you in my podcast, Eric and the Legion! I do a read-through of the Legion of Superheroes archive in chronological order. It's not the full 6 hours, but it may take up 2-3!
It is also available on Stitcher and on iTunes!
Rethink Pink Podcast
Episode #9 Bikinis, Speedos, and....Sweaters?
This week I share a story about summer's gone by when I went to Wasaga beach with my family and I almost let my brother drown accidentally.
My featured guest is Maria Dismondy, a wonderful and award winning children's book author of many books.
Feel free to contact me on here, by email: or on twitter @_rethinkpink
On a podcatcher you can use the RSS feed. If you need to you can create an RSS feed from a webpage (if it is a blog it will have an RSS feed already). You can search for RSS feed creators, here is an example: http://createfeed.fivefilters.org.
Hope this helps!
This thing is meant for use on conference calls / video chats but it installs a virtual microphone and speaker device so you may be able to play the recording through it and capture the cleaned up audio.
A colleague installed it while we're all working from home and I was pretty impressed with the improvement.
It's not as hard as you might think. I've been using TunesToTube which basically has you upload an MP3 and a picture and makes the video for you while also uploading it to Youtube.
I have always downloaded because I spend a good time outside of wi-fi range. I always used the standard iOS app up until the latest iteration. I never liked it but made due. I decided to change with the latest update to the app as I started having issues with it sucking data.
Downcast is a better interface than the iOS app and easier to use in my opinion, with a deep menu to allow for customization of settings.
What you want is this: http://voipcallrecording.com/MP3_Skype_Recorder
The neat thing is that it records each side of the conversation in a separate channel, left and right, so you can work on the audio of each, such as noise reduction separately.
But if you use the audio like that, it is jarring for a stereo listener to have different sides of the conversaion panned 100 per cent to one side or the other, so use Audacity to open the recording, and choose the options Split Stereo Track, and then set each track to Mono.
After that you can pan each slightly to the left or right
Stuff You Should Know is actually a good one to fall asleep to. The hosts will get off topic and just kind of talk about nothing from time to time could definitely help you fall asleep.
I use a Sansa Clip + with an SD card. Much cheaper than an iPod and sounds much better. That said, it's barebones so you won't get the fun graphics, etc.
You can also install Rockbox (alternative firmware) and get an even wider range of file compatibility:
General rule of thumb: if it's a dedicated podcast app (Pocket Casts, Overcast, etc), it uses Apple's directory so you're covered. If it's a platform that does more than just podcasts, you'll need to ask them to add you. The two big omissions I see are iHeart and TuneIn (submission pages linked). Neither are huge in the podcast ecosystem (combined, they're ~7% of the podcast listening audience), but Amazon uses TuneIn to serve podcasts for the Echo so that's good to include.
How Not To Die - We are three Aussie ladies that love chatting about true crime and try to throw in some tips about how to escape axe murderers.
Of the podcasts I listen to, besides iTunes, they are often requesting a rating on Sticher. I presume this implies they get a fair amount of listened from there.
Take a look at their FAQ to add your content to Sticher.
This week on #fortheloveofpod, we bring you a show that can only be described as awesome! Will and Bobby come together to make a truly funny and unique experience every single week! In the episode they chose for you all this week, they cover the musical Cats and all of it's absurdity.
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Good morning Hip Hop, and Happy Throwback Thursday!! Episode 8 of Mr. Throwback Thursday - "F#$% Gene Simmons is up and running. NSFW due to some language (especially this week) This week we bring you a new One and Done, our Record of the Week, a VERY special Old to the New, we get pissed off at Kiss member Gene Simmons, and of course...(most of) your answers to the poll question.
National Geographic Weekend! (pardon the self-promotion). Here's a link to our stitcher podcast. Basically just a radio version of everything that National Geographic does: science, conservation, adventure, travel, etc.
I wanted to do a Patreon but never did — I was concerned that having a crowdfunding campaign that earned only $8/month would 1) look bad and 2) not be worth the additional work.
Whenever I linked to my own podcast in the iTunes Store, I used an affiliate link. That made me a few dollars, but not many.
I didn't include any promotions or sponsorships in the audio of the podcast itself. Audible has a pretty accessible affiliate program that I should've explored, but I'm otherwise uncomfortable advertising products that I myself don't use (i.e., I wouldn't read an on-air ad for Squarespace when I think WordPress is superior).
However, for those who have an audience to capitalize on, there is a lot of money to be made from podcasting. I was a guest on a podcast on that topic just last week.
You don't. There is no uploading of files to iTunes. If you are saying you want to replace the media file with a new one, you do that at your media host or web site and update your RSS feed if necessary. If the RSS feed was wrong, you need to be able to do a 301 or 302 redirect at the host for the feed to redirect to the new feed and iTunes will update is a few days at worst. If you want to scrap the existing feed and recreate it, take a look at the Podcasts specs here.
They explain what you can and can't do.
You can make one as easily as putting a single mic in the middle of your circle of friends (or ideally a second mic on the DM at least) with some editing, and a recorded introduction/outro you create after your game.
The secret to starting a great roleplaying podcast is to start one :) You can get better with experience/time/money, but even with money and equipment, the more you do something the better you'll get.
If you want toward the far end of the spectrum Mike's recommendations are awesome and totally something to dream/shoot for. My shows (Liberty: Vigilance & Dark Dice) are recorded with everyone remotely in different countries using Zoom.us, which is a more stable skype/roll20 that also can record everyone's audio, and everyone has their own mic and headset. We all record the audio locally on our own computers and compile the files in the editing phase.
If you haven't given Smush It a try (a wordpress plugin that uses some Yahoo code for compressing graphics) I'd recommend that. Your site is graphics heavy, so that might have a bit to do with it. Some may also be the theme, which you won't have much control over. If you haven't already, check out Google's PageSpeed Insights to get an idea of what's running slowly.
Oh, and CloudFlare is a caching server - it will take over your DNS and then preload a bunch of stuff from your site to theirs and, when people go looking for your site, they'll serve up some of your content (like images) from their servers, which are probably closer/faster than your hosting server. If you go that route be very careful that they migrate over all of your DNS settings. It had missed a couple when I tried them out and it broke my newsletters. My fault for not catching it.
I personally use http://www.archive.org/ to host my podcasts and http://www.blogger.com/ as a platform for their websites. It's all pretty easy to set up, totally free, and, when combined with Feedburner, gives you a nice RSS feed that'll easily get accepted to iTunes.
Good luck, and let me know if you need any clarification/further help.
All the replies on this thread are wrong - you can absolutely upload to soundcloud from your feed, or dropbox or similar, using IFTTT.
However, you're going to need a paid account if you want more than a few episodes to be available at once - plan comparison.
As others have point out, it's not really a podcast platform - more of a youtube for audio, a good place to keep a streaming version of your show and gather a small secondary audience.
This is the microphone that I use and it's been working out great so far! It also comes with all the accessories you might need! Hope this help
The documentary My Name Was Bette might give you some ideas. It was made by two women whose mother died of alcoholism, and it sort of focuses on how alcoholism affects women, the self isolation that can result from shame around the disease, the effects that long term alcohol abuse has on the body, etc. Its very sad but very interesting. And its free on Amazon Prime.
So our show has a had pretty good go at this and our numbers have not been anything crazy. That being said, we've been able to get affiliate program with Audible and NordVPN and they never even asked about audience size. We have also gotten boatloads off free stuff for our show just by asking. The most interesting part of it all is that the majority of companies really don't ask all that many questions if they ask any. Here's a rundown:
Dell sent us a laptop to use as a recording rig
Sense Energy Monitors sent us huge discounts on their product
Phillips Hue sent us free products
Kinsa Smart Thermometers sent us products to give away to our listeners
BabyFrida sent us giveaway items
Google sent us Home minis
sent us DNA test kits for an upcoming episode
I'm probably forgetting some in there too...
We have a lot more companies we are in talks with for review items and promotions, it has really been pretty amazing! I am absolutely not trying to humble brag or anything here but I think it's worth sharing that it is 100% worth just asking companies because you very well may be surprised!
We've been turned down a lot too when some companies did end up asking about audience size and we were not big enough for them to be interested. We've always been honest and because of that we've scored some very beneficial contacts that we will be reaching out to as we continue to grow.
Podcasts are really lucrative to advertisers right now so knocking on their door to ask for partnership opportunities has a very chance of paying off for you.
I strongly recommend <strong>Player FM</strong>.
I've used Stitcher, Pocket Casts, Overcast, and Apple Podcasts (I used to have a work iPhone in addition to my Android phone, so I've used both platforms), and by far, Player FM has the best functionality and is the most user-friendly.
TBH I HATED Stitcher. I honestly don't understand how Stitcher is a top Android podcasting app, other than that they've been around for a while. Stitcher might make sense if you're paying for premium content, but I thought the app was garbage with bad navigation.
I'm kind of miffed to never see Podcast republic get an honourable mention. I have used it for years since it was IPP Player.
Over the years I have tried many more the other high rated ones, all seemed too basic or quite good but lacking the polish or the vast customisable feature of PR.
My Podcast is The Wealth of Nations: It's a podcast about the politics, economics, and history of economic development. I cover issues like the relationship between Samsung and growth in Korea, and illegal sand mafias in India.
http://wealthofnationspodcast.com/, I hope to get this onto itunes tonight.
I've only got a few episodes up, but if you want a great podcast with lots of material already, I'd recommend History of the Twentieth Century. It's really informative, and I love how much time they devote to the history of music and science.
My favorite podcast is the Tides of History, and Fall of Rome by Patrick Wyman: I really appreciate the way he really digs into the academic literature and goes beyond just narrative history, but into the deeper causes for the fall of the Roman empire, and the rise of the modern state.
I listen to Happier by Gretchen Rubin for this, as well as 10% Happier by Dan Harris. I adore them, and they've actually helped me a great deal in terms of finding small strategies to make my life better and more livable. Specifically the 10% Happier podcast. It was that audiobook and iPhone app that introduced me to the idea of mindfulness and meditation, and that has really helped me get through one of the roughest periods of my life during this past year.
I did an anxiety/self-care episode of my show recently, and I intend to do more on meditation and compassion and yoga as the cast grows.
I am always looking for more on this topic, too, so I can't wait to see what other people have to say.
Player FM Podcasts is made for exactly what you want. Multiple playlists are available on beta, not sure if the normal version has them yet. But the catagory functions are what you are looking for.
There is my app, SoundWaves podcast player. It's completely free, no as, no premium features and open source, nice design and if you have any problems you send me a PM
I, personally, is very happy every time someone gives it a spin. And the users I have seems to like it a lot. Then again, the users who doesn't like it obviously moves on :)