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Delivered on MacMania 15 in Australia, this talk gives an introduction to podcasting along with a few common tools on the Mac and on iOS showing the benefits of each.

Delivered on MacMania 15 in Australia, this talk gives an introduction to podcasting along with a few common tools on the Mac and on iOS showing the benefits of each.

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  • 1. Introduction to Podcasting Allison Sheridan November 2012 http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 1
  • 2. What’s a Podcast? From Wikipedia: “A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio, video, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device.” Say what? Podcasts are simply Internet Radio and TV, but delivered to you What you want When you want Where you want http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 2
  • 3. Can’t I Just Find Content on the Web? Sure you can! But how do you know when there’s fresh content? Because podcasts episodes are delivered to you You don’t to go figure out when there’s new content Remember magazine subscriptions? It’s like that - except without the paper waste and guilt A podcast has continuing episodes One video or audio recording is not a podcast Just as a single article is not a magazine http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 3
  • 4. Subscribe...Does it Cost Money? No! Podcasts are almost all free You shouldn’t expect to pay for comedy or news or entertainment But you do expect to pay for training - for example Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online has a fee Mac & iOS Tutorials $23/quarter or $70/year This is the ONE podcast worth paying for! Tons of what I’m teaching this week, I learned from Don! http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 4
  • 5. Quick Histor y Lesson First there was RSS - Really Simple Syndication A way to subscribe to things you read from the Internet - using RSS readers The “Podfather of Podcasting”, Adam Curry figured out how to add an attachment to an RSS feed That attachment can be: Audio Video Even documents* *Knightwise has what he calls Docucasts at knightwise.com http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 5
  • 6. What Are Podcasts About? Technology Finance Religion Sports Health Medicine Comedy Kids Fitness Cars Government Business Science Fiction Knitting ☚ ? Anime Books Music Accessibility Art News iTunes U - University Business Politics Education http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 6
  • 7. So How do I Subscribe? On the Mac iTunes is the only game in town worth mentioning On iOS Apple’s Podcast app Downcast Instacast Dedicated Podcast Apps We’ll cover why a dedicated app can be fun http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 7
  • 8. Podcast Discover y in the Wild Keep your eye out for iTunes logo Look for the word “subscribe” There is no standard logo http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 8
  • 9. iTunes for Mac Find a Podcast Subscribe to the Podcast Open iTunes Most Recent episode downloads automatically Plug in your iPod and the recent episodes sync over Let’s watch a movie of iTunes subscription in action... http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 9
  • 10. Subscribe in iTunes http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 10
  • 11. Apple’s Podcast App for iOS Free! Peruse available podcasts in iTunes Featured Podcasts lists popular podcasts that iTunes editors have selected for special feature by subject Filter by Categories Filter by Audio vs. Video http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 11
  • 12. Podcast App - Top Char ts Top Charts column displays Top 10 episodes & Top 10 podcasts Based on a combination of recent subscriptions, downloads and customer reviews iTunes reviews are IMPORTANT to the discovery of podcasts For you to find good content For you to help others find good content To help podcasters you like get discovered http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 12
  • 13. Search the Podcast App If you already know what you’re looking for, just use Search Subscribe Individual Episodes Download Actual Individual Podcast Episodes http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 13
  • 14. Podcast App Reviews Check # of stars Write a review Scroll to read reviews http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 14
  • 15. Podcast App - Settings by Show You can subscribe But choose whether to auto-download Sort and play options http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 15
  • 16. Podcast App - Info & Sharing Clicking on an episode name shows you any description the podcaster has provided Use the Share button to send the RSS feed to your friends Kinda dorky to send the URL though: http://podfeet.com/NosillaCast/rss.xml http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 16
  • 17. Downcast for iOS Vastly superior to the “official” Podcast app $2 iPad/iPhone Add podcasts manually, search categories, search by name http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 17
  • 18. Downcast Downloading You control when/how Downcast downloads your shows Set to Wi-Fi only to save your cellular bandwidth http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 18
  • 19. Downcast Streaming Don’t have to fill up your iPhone/iPad with shows Stream on demand Find Podcast Choose Episode Download or Stream http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 19
  • 20. Downcast Alternate Listening I’m sure ALL of our podcasts are so riveting, you wouldn’t want to miss a MINUTE of them Downcast lets you: Rewind 30 seconds with a button or a screen swipe Rewind 15 seconds Fast Forward 30 seconds or 2 min Speed up to 3X Even has a sleep timer! Social share puts episode title (instead of RSS feed like Podcast app) http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 20
  • 21. Downcast Settings Multiple devices? Use iCloud Sync Refresh podcasts only in specific locations Zillions more settings! http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 21
  • 22. Instacast for iOS $5 iPad, $2 iPhone Default is to search by most popular podcasts http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 22
  • 23. Instacast Peruse for Video Video tab - must assume this is also by most popular? http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 23
  • 24. Instacast Enhanced Podcasts Enhanced podcasts are AAC files instead of MP3s An enhanced podcast contains extra information Chapter markers Images for chapters URLs to products Enhanced podcasts are cool, and are a LOT of work Hard for a listener to tell how long a show is They only work on iOS & Mac http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 24
  • 25. Instacast Find by Genre Podcasts contain meta- data that tells the genre Here we’re searching for Technology shows Software How-To Wonder why my logo is wrong here? It was right on Downcast and iTunes! http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 25
  • 26. Instacast Search by Title Search by Title Author Description My logo is right here! http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 26
  • 27. Instacast Search by Description Hmmm... Search by my podcast name doesn’t find it Does finds podcasts on which I have appeared http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 27
  • 28. Instacast Subscribe by URL On many websites they offer a link URL to the podcast This allows you to enter the long and annoying URL Notice I can ONLY subscribe, I can’t choose one episode to stream or download Lots of wasted space on the iPad version of Instacast http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 28
  • 29. Instacast Main Screen Once subscribed, latest show starts to play automatically Pushed a LOT of buttons trying to figure out how to stop it Bottom right found a nice way to view other episodes http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 29
  • 30. Instacast Options Still trying to stop the audio from playing Clicked on universal symbol for share in the bottom left Two choices were Edit and Options Within Options are Settings - many of the same as in Downcast, but can’t tell it only wifi for downloading (critical feature) Note none of this is to actually share the episode http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 30
  • 31. Instacast Sharing Still trying to find sharing button AND to stop playback Nope - it’s not the universal sharing button at the top either You have to tap on the episode icon itself to get sharing options Only option is tweet or email, no Facebook Sends annoying RSS url instead of description of the episode http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 31
  • 32. Instacast Playback FINALLY found the playback options Tap on the logo for the show at the bottom left of the screen, not the episode You speed listeners will be disappointed to know it only goes up to 2X http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 32
  • 33. Dedicated Podcast Apps With all these options why would you want/need a dedicated podcast app? Extra features! We’ll use the NosillaCast App as the example $2 iOS (iPad version coming soon - no extra fee!) http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 33
  • 34. NosillaCast App Live Show NosillaCast app allows you to play recorded episodes but also supports the live show Chat room is a big part of the live show NosillaCast app lets you connect to the chat room and listen to the live audio stream while you’re on the go http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 34
  • 35. NosillaCast App Settings Sign up for a chat room ID right from settings Get live show reminders Annoy Allison mode (a popular favorite) http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 35
  • 36. NosillaCast App Episodes Episodes tab lets you view past shows Selecting one gives you playback (up to 3x!) Also gives you the shownotes FULL shownotes, not just the excerpt like the other apps http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 36
  • 37. NosillaCast App Social Sharing Text message, Twitter and Facebook are all supported http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 37
  • 38. Final Thoughts Things to remember Podcasting is just a term for Internet radio and TV But it’s delivered to you instead of having to go get it Podcast is What you want When you want Where you want http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 38
  • 39. My Live Show Setup Just to Scare You http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 39
  • 40. Miniature Link Farm of Doom Downcast $2 in the Mac App Store Instacast $2 iPhone $5 iPad in the Mac App Store NosillaCast App* $2 in the Mac App Store * Donald Burr of Otaku No Podcast developed the NosillaCast App http://podfeet.comSunday, November 25, 12 40