Creating and sharing your own mp3 files online, searching and downloading those created by others, that’s what we mean by Podcasting, in brief. Topics may range from sci-tech, business, cooking and pets to sports, humor and latest trends in fashion/design; whatever you could think of and wherever your mind takes you, you could always create a podcast of it and share it.
Who would not have craved for sharing his ideas and thoughts about a latest episode of his favorite TV-show; everybody has an interest or endeavor of his own and would love to share his interest with others of his class.
You may write pages on your blog on what were your feelings when you saw the last scene of the movie “Dark Knight Rises”? but what you could convey about it by creating a less-than-10-min podcast of it will always get more audience and appreciation. Why wouldn’t it? The life and emotion you could always add to your podcasts and the comfort and ease with which you could always listen to those shared by others is nowhere to be found in reading and writing the same thing. By that, I do not mean that sharing by writing is not a thing to do; in fact, everything has a positive side as well as negative and I was just exploiting some of its shortcomings in the light of what one could enjoy with podcasts.
If you have a do-it-yourself kind of attitude and can afford to spend 100$ on the equipment, you can start at once, that’s exactly one of the reasons that people would prefer podcasting over other ways to share music or information, ways like talk shows and radio shows. All these ways have some things in common and these are: you need to have formal broadcasting education, experience and permission. You can’t avoid dealing with sponsors, commercials, managers and the terms and conditions you have to agree with, before you start your work. While podcasting, you do not have to deal with this crap.
Now, hoping that the investment of time and effort I have made in giving you know-how of what podcasting is, would pay off, and wasting no more time counting pros and cons of podcasting, let’s make a leap forward.
I would not be addressing “How to create your own podcast?” in this article, let’s save it for another time. While writing this article, I have assumed that you have already created a podcast, have saved it in your PC in let’s say mp3 format and have uploaded it to a web server. Having done all that, now you would like to distribute your mp3 files among services like iTunes and tell them what it’s about, here comes XML.
Steps you would need to take to create your podcast’s XML are:
Step # 1: Create a web space for your podcast
The 1st thing to do is to create an article on your blog (or website) for your podcast. For instance, if the podcast’s about how to create your first podcast, write few lines about it and then upload the mp3 file you have created.
Step # 2: Create RSS feed of your own
To create the RSS feed of your own, you need to know your podcast’s title, its description and the URL. Copy the sample RSS xml file given below to your text editor (e.g. Notepad) and replace the italicized text with the appropriate information.
Step # 3: Save and upload the *.xml you have created for your podcast
Now that you have changed the contents of this xml file, it’s your podcast’s xml, save it as myfirstpodcastxml.xml or give it a name of your choice and add the “.xml” extension to it, that’s it. Upload the *.xml you have just created to your webspace.
Now and then, you would have another episode to share, but that’s not a big deal now that you know the drill. You would need to duplicate
Step # 4: Test your feed
To test your feed, you would need to take the following steps,
- Download and install the iTunes software. Just to make your job easier for you, here goes the link: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/. Fill the “E-mail Address” field and click on the “Download Now” button. Installation’s merely a 3-step process.
- Once, you have installed iTunes, to test your feed, choose “Subscribe to the Podcast” from the “Advanced” menu and enter the URL of the feed file in the text box window that appears.
- Hit “Return”; if the feed you have created would be working, your podcast and episode will appear in iTunes window. You can check now whether your podcast is working or not.