Internet Radio Tools
by S. Housley
Podcasting is increasing in popularity and, realizing that many
are interested in providing audio content in a podcast, we have
assembled a collection of tools that make creation, promotion
and listening to podcasts a little easier.
1.) Podcasting Tools - Podcasts are simply RSS feeds that contain
audio content. By using a combination of RSS and podcast related
tools users can use this new communication medium. The following
tools assist webmasters in using RSS and podcasts to maximize
Tools for Listening to Podcasts
Listen to Podcasts - Many RSS readers now include podcast support.
The reader allows the user to view the contents of the cast
before making a decision about listening. Podcasts that are
deemed important can be flagged or set to auto-download. The
following are some tools for listening to podcasts:
Podcast Receiver - Podcast Receiver is a free client used to
keep up-to-date on the latest and greatest podcast feeds without
any effort. The Podcast Receiver manages podcast subscriptions
and schedules automatic scans for new podcasts. http://www.primetimepodcast.com
FeedDemon - FeedDemon is a desktop client that can retrieve
and organize RSS feeds from the internet. It comes pre-configured
with several news-feeds, and you can easily add your own by
adding the URL for an RSS feed of your choice. FeedDemon offers
an attractive and easy-to-use interface with integrated web
Create Podcasts - As podcasts have become increasingly popular,
radio personalities and hobbyists have struggled to find a solution
to create podcasts, not realizing that podcasts are simply RSS
feeds which merely contain an audio component in the enclosure
FeedForAll - Desktop software used to create, edit, manage,
publish RSS feeds and podcasts. New podcasts and feeds can be
quickly and easily created with FeedForAll. Podcast feeds generated
by other means can be automatically repaired so that they conform
to the RSS 2.0 specification. Existing feeds can be enhanced
to contain advanced feed properties, and give them a more professional
2.) Podcasting Articles and Tutorials - Articles and tutorials
based on podcasting and RSS. The articles are designed to demystify
podcasting and Really Simple Syndication for users and publishers.
Podcasting Articles - Podcasting Tools contains a collection
of articles related to podcasting and RSS that assist both broadcasters
and listeners in deciphering RSS and podcasting. http://www.podcasting-tools.com/podcasting-articles.htm
the articles can be read in an RSS feed reader. http://www.podcasting-tools.com/podcasting-articles.xml
RSS Articles - RSS Specifications contains a collection of articles
related to RSS and news feeds that assist both publishers and
users in deciphering Really Simple Syndication. http://www.rss-specifications.com/rss-articles.htm
the articles can be read in an RSS feed reader. http://www.rss-specifications.com/article-feed.xml
3.) Podcast Directories - Directories make finding podcasts
Podcasting Station - A categorized podcast directory that allows
visitors to search for podcasts that are topic-specific.
Podcast Bunker - Before Podcast Bunker adds a podcast to their
list, they first listen to the podcast for audio quality and
content. They only list what they think are the very best podcasts.
They add new podcasts as they are submitted for review, and
as they find them. http://www.podcastbunker.com
Podcasting News -Popular podcasting directory. All podcasts
are categorized by topic, making it easier for listeners to
find podcasts of interest. http://www.podcastingnews.com/forum/links.php
4.) Podcasting Graphics - Websites that have podcasts available
use colorful graphics to indicate to website visitors that podcasts
are available for specific content.
Podcast Graphics - Create custom podcast graphics in seconds.
If you wish to customize your podcast buttons and are crunched
for time or lacking artistic abilities, use this free online
podcasting graphic tool that is cabable of creating a podcast
button. The button's color and text can be customized to suit
http://www.feedforall.com/podcasting-graphics.htm or create
custom graphics http://www.feedforall.com/public/rss-graphic-tool.htm
Podcast Icons - Pixagogo provides a collection of podcast icons
from various sources.
5.) Podcasting Blogs - Stay informed about the latest podcasting
industry news by monitoring podcast blogs. Daily posts bring
readers current news, industry announcements and general podcasting
Podcasting Blog - Daily Podcasting Blog and news related to
podcasting, RSS, podcast news and aggregation http://www.podcasting-tools.com/blog.htm
or access the podcasting blog feed at http://www.podcasting-tools.com/blog-feed.xml
Podcasting Avenue - Blog containing items related to podcasting.
6.) Podcast Bandwith Hosting - Audio files can take up a fair
amount of storage space and depending on a podcast's popularity,
can be expensive to host. Bandwith hosting companies that focus
on the podcast understand the needs that are unique to podcasters.
Libsyn - Libsyn is designed for podcasters. They do not require
any long-term contracts and there are no surprise over-usage
charges. They provide a pay-as-you-go service on stable, secure
servers. Every month, media files are archived and hosting space
is refreshed. http://www.libsyn.com/
7.) Audio Tools for Podcasting - Managing audio files can be
tricky. Software tools allow for audio files to be manipulated,
converted and edited, providing a higher quality yet smaller
Replay Radio - Now you can record hundreds of radio broadcasts
from all over the world, listen whenever you want on your PC,
CD Player or MP3 player, and even skip over the fluff. It's
easy with Replay Radio!
Audio Conversion Wizard - Helps you to convert audio files of
supported audio format from one format to another with all possible
settings, using easy, step-by-step interface. MP3, WMA 8 (Windows
Media Audio), OGG Vorbis and WAV PCM formats are supported,
with ID3v2 copying and creation.
Helium Music Manager - Allows you to seamlessly handle the different
file formats and lets you work and edit music formats. Quickly
tag and organize your entire music collection. http://www.helium2.com/eng/index.php
8.) Podcasting Forums - Forums can be a useful for anyone doing
business online, both in terms of reading the content and actively
participating in the discussions. If you want to learn more
about podcasting, consider participating in the following online
Podcast Alley - http://www.podcastalley.com/phpBB2/index.php
Podcasting News - http://www.podcastingnews.com/forum/
Podstrigs - http://podcastrigs.net/forum/
9.) Submit Podcast Feeds - As more and more people get involved
with the Internet and as more Web sites, blogs, news services
and other online resources continue to grow in number and variety
it becomes increasingly important to maintain high visibility
and exposure for the content being generated by closely following
the major distribution media. As a rapidly increasing number
of content sources, new and old, migrate or add RSS as a key
distribution channel, and as more people utilize RSS newsreaders
and aggregators to keep themselves informed, the ability to
maintain high exposure and visibility is gradually shifted from
complete attention to major search engines and content optimization
techniques to an increasing awareness of RSS feed directories
and search tools.
Podcasting Tools - Submit podcasts to the large list of Podcast
directories and expedite your podcast syndication.
Using podcasting tools broadcasters, publishers and webmasters
can increase their audience and reach.
About the Author
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts.
In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage http://www.notepage.net
a wireless text messaging software company.