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July 7, 2005

World's easiest podcasting


Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal yesterday wrote about the rise of podcasting.

Like me, he believes it's not quite ready for prime time; the headline of his article was,

    Podcasting is Still Not Quite Ready for the Masses

But then, toward the end of his piece, he noted that the GarageBand website (not to be confused with the free GarageBand program for Macintosh) offers a free, simple podcast creation studio for anyone regardless of whether they're musicians or sushi chefs.

Here's what you do:

1) Dial a toll–free number

2) Dictate your podcast over the phone

Mossberg and his assistant Katie Boehret tested the site from both landline phones and cellphones; Mossberg wrote, "We were very impressed by how easy it was to do and with how good it sounded."

Then GarageBand makes it easy to post your podcast by assigning a web address for it and providing RSS (don't ask and I won't tell) syndication.

But wait — there's more.

Garageband also has a player built right into its website so you can hear your recording right away.

Then, if you know how to go behind the curtain of your website and fiddle with its HTML innards, you can post the player right onto your blog so that anyone who happens to visit can hear your podcast by simply visiting your site.

That's exactly what Mossberg did; try his here and see.

Tell you what: I just did and it's pretty darn impressive.

I'm not nearly as capable as Mossberg so I'm gonna bypass this opportunity to drive myself crazy trying to build a podcast function into bookofjoe.

Besides, it's all about bookofjoeTV, you know that.

I'm keeping all the wood behind that arrow for now.

July 7, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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