A podcast is an audio file that can be listened to anytime, anywhere––in other words, on demand. It’s similar to talk radio. A podcast is also known as an “RSS feed.” In order to get an RSS feed, you’ll need to partner with a media host.
RSS stands for “really simple syndication.” It is a code for your podcast.
This is a company that has server space set aside for your podcast. They supply you with the RSS feed you’ll need to launch your podcast. This will be the place you upload your audio files. The media host then distributes your audio files by linking to your website, Apple, Google Play, Stitcher… everywhere you can listen to them. You will most likely have to submit your RSS feeds to the other places through your media host, but the media host facilitates the process––this is a cost for all podcasters, but depending on which media hosting company you choose, you can spend more or less.
According to recent data released by Edison Research, there are about 800,000 podcasts, but only 100,000 are actually still active.
No. There are currently more than 8 million blogs while only 800,000 podcasts. That’s a 1 to 1000 ratio. There is still a lot of room to grow.
So many places. Through apps on your smartphone or computer like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Soundcloud, Overcast, Castbox, Luminary, and more. This is a growing list. It includes listening straight from a website on your computer, through iTunes, your home speaker, and even from some new cars that have this set up on the dashboard.
It can take up to 72 hours to get your podcast approved by Apple Podcasts, perhaps longer if you submit your podcast over a holiday weekend. You can always follow up with Apple here: PodcastSupport@apple.com
Truly, a smartphone. You can record, post, and edit all through different applications on your smartphone. If you want to step up your game, you’ll need a microphone and your laptop.