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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
If some of you are wondering where this thread came from, I created it in order to help Steve meet his objective to narrowly focus on questions to be asked in podcasts in the Podcast Questions thread. Off-topic or general discussions concerning podcasts will be moved here for further discussion so that the questions do not get buried.

For those who are wondering about what a podcast is, and how to receive, or download one, you should start by installing Apple iTunes.
iTunes can be installed on PCs or Macs. On a PC it can replace, or supplement Media Player. iTunes includes a button that allows you to find and download iPod broadcasts to your computer. You can listen to them through your computer speakers or upload them to an iPod, just like a music file.

Thanks for your cooperation keeping general discussion and questions confined to this thread.

Edit (the actual time of posting this thread was 11:00 PDT 8/3/06)
post #2 of 24
Ummmmm. This is when I need a second EpicSki handle so that I can hide my ignorance. What's a podcast?
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by KevinF
Ummmmm. This is when I need a second EpicSki handle so that I can hide my ignorance. What's a podcast?
nothing special. It's a computer audio file, usually an mp3.
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by KevinF
Ummmmm. This is when I need a second EpicSki handle so that I can hide my ignorance. What's a podcast?
It's one or more MP3 files compiled and presented like a program and with program information packaged as a file (usually an XML file...you don't really need to know what that is) that can be "subscribed" to by something called an RSS (really simple syndication) Aggregator.

As opposed to streaming audio that you must stream live from a server (either in scheduled, real time or on demand), an Aggregator allows your subscription to grab the program for you to listen to any time you'd like...either on your computer or a personal media player such as (but not limited to) an iPod (hence the "pod" part of podcast).

There are aggregators designed especially for personal devices, such as the built in aggregator that iTunes features now, aggregators that are browser plug-ins) and web-based aggregators.

RSS handles podcasts as just one type of feed. It handles a wide variety of stuff.

It's really simple stuff to make use of for listeners and we'll help you.
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by jstraw
It's one or more MP3 files compiled and presented like a program and with program information packaged as a file (usually an XML file...you don't really need to know what that is) that can be "subscribed" to by something called an RSS (really simple syndication) Aggregator.

As opposed to streaming audio that you must stream live from a server (either in scheduled, real time or on demand), an Aggregator allows your subscription to grab the program for you to listen to any time you'd like...either on your computer or a personal media player such as (but not limited to) an iPod (hence the "pod" part of podcast).

There are aggregators designed especially for personal devices, such as the built in aggregator that iTunes features now, aggregators that are browser plug-ins) and web-based aggregators.

RSS handles podcasts as just one type of feed. It handles a wide variety of stuff.

It's really simple stuff to make use of for listeners and we'll help you.

HUH????????: :
post #6 of 24
This one's an airplane to me to. flew right over my head. And I own an MP3 player (Rio, not iPod). I'll ignore this thread, I guess, since I have no motivation to go out and do web searched to educate myself on podcasts. Hell, I barely even use my MP3 player. Loading interviews on it, doesn't seem all that appealing. I like these written forums better.
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by mkevenson
HUH????????: :
It's an internet radio show that you can listen to when you want to, not when it's scheduled...and you can listen on your computer or on an MP3 player. It's easy.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by jstraw
It's an internet radio show that you can listen to when you want to, not when it's scheduled...and you can listen on your computer or on an MP3 player. It's easy.
That's a MUCH better explanation!
post #9 of 24
Keep 'em coming.

Yes, it's just like a radio interview. The genesis of it is two-fold: one is the popularity of the podcast format (http://www.podcastalley.com/ or http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/ for examples of directories).

The other and more important reason is that many great coaches are able to spend the half hour or so to participate in an interview, allowing us to learn more from them through periodic interviews.

The neat thing is that a podcast will play on virtually any computer or MP3 player. I don't even have an MP3 player...
post #10 of 24
What no streaming video!!????
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Powdigger
What no streaming video!!????
Video podcasts are still usually called "podcasts" and I didn't say you wouldn't get 'em. Just not every time...
post #12 of 24
I've put this together as part of the eventual presentation of podcasts:


What's a podcast?

"Podcasting" is a compound word coined in 2004, that combined two words: "iPod" and "broadcasting." Even though the name is a misnomer, in that podcasting doesn't require an iPod and no over-the-air broadcasting is required, it has maintained its prominence in the face of numerous alternatives.

Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio programs or music videos, over the Internet for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. The term podcast, like 'radio', can mean both the content and the method of delivery. Though podcasters' web sites may also offer direct download or streaming of their files; a podcast however is distinguished by its ability to be downloaded automatically using software capable of subscribing to podcast feeds.

Usually a podcast features one type of 'show', with new episodes released either sporadically or at planned intervals such as daily or weekly. In addition, there are podcast networks that feature multiple shows on the same feed.

What do I need?

There are many options for software to use for subscribing to podcasts. A little web surfing will help you locat a lot of information and options.

One good choice is to use Apple's "iTunes" software for both Mac and PC users. It's free, it works and it's necessary of you're using an iPod. The free download can be found at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download.

To subscribe to our podcast, first right-click on the "RSS/Podcast" icon. Then select "CopyLink Location" or "Copy Shortcut" (depending on your browser) to save the address to your computer's clipboard. Then, with iTunes open click on "Advanced" at the top of the application to expand the menu, then click on "Subscribe to Podcast." A dialogue box will open with a form labeled "URL:." Paste the address from your clipboard to the form field and then click "OK." iTunes will switch to it's podcast library, subscribe to our podcast and download the most recent episode.

To expand the episode listing for our podcast, click the small triangle to the left of the title and you'll be able to access previous episodes.

What are those "stream" icons for?

We're also making past episodes available as streaming playlists you can listen to without having to subscribe to the podcasts. As long as you have an application set up to handle .M3U files they should play just fine. Windows Media Player will do nicely.

post #13 of 24

video podcast?

I hope this will be a video podcast
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by ssh View Post
I don't even have an MP3 player...
A computer IS an MP3 player!
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Max_501 View Post
A computer IS an MP3 player!
You know what I meant!
post #16 of 24
How about a "live" call-in event during which the Coach/es could actually take questions from callers and have a list of topics/questions to use in between calls (or to use if no one calls). We would have to engender interest on the site to attract callers. The show could be recorded then "Podcasted" thereafter. I suppose if we have the capability we could also do a live web cast, but I don't know if you have the capability for that.

Any interest??
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by RiDeC58 View Post
How about a "live" call-in event during which the Coach/es could actually take questions from callers and have a list of topics/questions to use in between calls (or to use if no one calls). We would have to engender interest on the site to attract callers. The show could be recorded then "Podcasted" thereafter. I suppose if we have the capability we could also do a live web cast, but I don't know if you have the capability for that.

Any interest??
I hadn't thought about that. Interesting idea. Hmmm...
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by RiDeC58 View Post
How about a "live" call-in event during which the Coach/es could actually take questions from callers and have a list of topics/questions to use in between calls (or to use if no one calls). We would have to engender interest on the site to attract callers. The show could be recorded then "Podcasted" thereafter. I suppose if we have the capability we could also do a live web cast, but I don't know if you have the capability for that.

Any interest??
As this is in my field I can comment here. To do this in the traditional way requires a great deal of cost, multiple phone lines, an expensive interface to handle the lines, as well as a digital hybrid (or two if the coach - or other expert, is also on the phone) to clean up the sound of the incoming calls as well of course as recording gear.

An alternate method would be to do as they do on "Car Talk" and arrange in advance with callers, so that only one phone line (or two lines if the expert is also not in-studio) is needed. The calls could then be scheduled, recorded, edited and assembled into a podcast.

Recording over standard phone lines (POTS - Plain Old Telephone Service) with a digital hybrid can yield fairly good quality. Without a hybrid the quality would be poor.

Even in a non question/answer format, the experts could be recorded remotely, making it more convenient for them of course. A common format would be to have an in-studio host interviewing the expert, who would be on the phone. The host could alternately be recorded separately and edited in later - having the expert talk and/or respond to written questions.
post #19 of 24
SMJ, I've been hoping you'll be willing to help me!

My current plan is to use Gizmo to record a call directly to MP3 and then mixdown in GarageBand.
post #20 of 24
I'd like to hear how Gizmo sounds, I'm not familiar with it. How about we do a test? Don't need a real expert for it. Then we could do the same thing to my studio over a hybrid and compare.
post #21 of 24
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This thread's content must be very narrowly defined to allow us to manage the podcast interviews well. Discussions about the podcast can obviously occur in other threads, but questions should go here so we can easily find them as we prepare for upcoming podcasts.

So much for this idea
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
I'd like to hear how Gizmo sounds, I'm not familiar with it. How about we do a test? Don't need a real expert for it. Then we could do the same thing to my studio over a hybrid and compare.
Certainly! PM me and we'll give it a shot.
post #23 of 24

ssh, jstraw, cirque, et al-

Many years ago, EpicSki had a chat room aspect.

Couldn't the "podcast" be in a chat room, where everybody could watch it live, with a moderator filtering the questions? The coach is live, the moderator is filtering, and the members can watch and submit questions to the moderator. That way it doesn't get clogged up with too many questions....


The entire thing could be recorded, and made available for later viewing by those who couldn't catch it live?

Just an idea, which might take a lot less savvy on the part of those of us who are computer handicapped!
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by vail snopro View Post
Many years ago, EpicSki had a chat room aspect.

Couldn't the "podcast" be in a chat room, where everybody could watch it live, with a moderator filtering the questions? The coach is live, the moderator is filtering, and the members can watch and submit questions to the moderator. That way it doesn't get clogged up with too many questions....


The entire thing could be recorded, and made available for later viewing by those who couldn't catch it live?

Just an idea, which might take a lot less savvy on the part of those of us who are computer handicapped!
Possible, but actually more difficult technically to carry off. I'm looking into how we might do this, but I think it will be a separate option.
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