The book is divided into 5 parts consisting of listening, joining, recording and performing,
hosting and preparing and posting. This is all done in 15 short chapters. Probably the meat for
me is in parts 3 and 4 where Todd digs into the recording process and cites software needed to do
the job as well and publishing and distribution methods. You will need plenty of bandwidth once
your PodCasts become popular so you will need to find a way to make this hobby pay for itself
or end up with a unhappy surprise in your ISP bill and Todd nicely covers that in Chapter 14 on
Feedback, Promotion and Paying the Bills..
PodCasters broadcast what they love. There are lots of podcatcher applications out there,
depending on which platform is being used to listen to them and Todd captures most of them in
Chapter 2.This book was published prior to iTunes 4.9 so no mention is listed in Chapter 3 on
Finding and Subscribing to Podcasts. Chapter 4 is valuable in that it sets aside formats,
preparation tips and licensing and legal issues.
If you have been reading our own Blog at
, you can search on
Podcasting and find that we have been exploring PodCast enabling software. Todd captures
those in Chapter 5 and also ones on non Mac platforms are discussed as well. Chapter 6 delves
into gear and gets technical about mics, mixers and professional digital recorders. There is even
stuff about telephone interview equipment.
For post production, Todd obviously likes to use Audacity for cleaning up noise.
Way back in Chapter 12, Todd brings it all together with RSS before getting into uploading and
publishing your work.
Personally, I've been participating with Tim Verpoorten with his Mac ReviewCast
) weekly presentations for a few weeks and Tim has been
prepping his PodCasts and footing the bill as he migrates from the WinTel environment (Surf
Bits fame) to the Mac environment and discusses his discoveries. He read Todd's book too. What
I learned from Todd is that I should not be so worried about coming across as a professional and
lighten up a little. The joy comes through as we discuss our passion for something we enjoy
Going global with your work doesn't require an FCC license nor thousands of dollars in
equipment and sound studio gear anymore. And it doesn't take all that much effort to get the
word out to computers, MP3 players or cell phones any longer. With this book, you can follow
Todd Cochrane's lead.
Apple didn't start the PodCasting phenomenon, but they enabled access to the technology on
the Mac and with iPods. And quite a few of the presentations I`ve listened to recently are
sounding and acting a little more professional as time goes by. Those who are vocalizing their
work and moving from Blogging to PodCasting are having the time of their lives!
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8