Podcasts, as you may recall from Chapter 11, are radio-style audio shows, usually created by amateurs. Chapter 11 also reveals where to find podcasts and subscribe to them so you never miss your favorite shows.
But the real fun is making your own podcasts for the whole world to hear.
The best shows deliver regular doses of insightful commentary on a subject, whether it's about books, Macintosh computers, the Green Bay Packers, or movies. Average Joes and Janes, previously living in utter obscurity, have developed cult podcast followings who can't get enough of their quirky, funny, or just bizarre personalities. (There are also plenty of corporate, slickly produced podcasts, of course.)
You don't need a fancy recording studio, a sound-mixing board, or pricey professional programs to make your own podcast. You can make one with just a microphone, some inexpensive software, and something to say.
To answer the software question, you can pursue either of two avenues:
Use a special podcast-making program. These programs handle the entire process, from recording and editing your podcast to posting it to the Internet. The downside: they cost money.
Do-it-yourself. This approach can save you money but cost you in convenience. The point is that it's also possible to create and upload a podcast using the software that's already on your computer, although it requires more steps.
The following pages describe both approaches.
No matter which software you use to record your audio show, ...