Podcasting Part 1 (Q+A)

This isn’t about just one piece of software–this involves feeds, servers, podcatchers and iTunes.

Podcasting. That one free thing of audio broadcasts that everyone has hopped onto, and people can subscribe too. Sadly, I’ve seen many people who have no idea how it’s done. Here’s some FAQs about podcasting with iTunes.
Q: Do you submit a podcast by getting the right account with apple and uploading it to their servers?
A: No. Apple does not provide any server space to host your podcasts, that is something the podcaster needs to have.
Q: Is podcasting as easy as putting an mp3 on a server?
A: After you have set it up, you put it on the server and update the XML feed.
Q: I want to do a podcast. I have people, material, (a) microphones(s), a way to save to mp3, and a server with a working domain. Can I podcast to iTunes?
A: Yes. That is al you need, but you need to create an XML feed for iTunes. This is NOT easy, unless you know how to do it the easy way (which we will talk about later).
Q:How do I submit the podcast to iTunes?
A: As I said, you need to have an XML feed. To submit the podcast, just go into the iTunes store in the iTunes application, select podcasts in the left sidebar, scroll down and click submit a podcast (left sidebar). There, put in the URL of your XML feed.
Q: After submitting, does it just appear in the iTunes store?
A: If all goes well during the submission, you will get a confirmation email saying that your podcast is under review wait approximately 24 hours, and you should get another email saying it was approved, ad the email will contain a link that opens to your podcast in the iTunes store. 24 hours after that, the podcast will be searchable in the itunes store.
Q:How much money does it coat to do it the easy way?
A: Other than the server space, completely free of charge.
I hope that this gave you a better understanding of what podcasting is like under the hood. There will be more posts on podcasting, including what the “easy way” is.

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