"A podcast is a collection
of files (usually audio and video) residing at a unique
web feed address. People can "subscribe" to this
feed by submitting the feed address to an
iTunes - software that runs on the consumer's
computer). When new "episodes" become available in the
podcast they will be automatically downloaded to that
podcasters' web sites may also offer
streaming of their content, a
podcast is distinguished from other
digital media formats by its ability to
be syndicated, subscribed to, and
downloaded automatically, using an
aggregator or feed reader capable of
reading feed formats such as
With your podcast online, you now need to help
the world find it. A podcast basically consists of
an MP3 file and a text file called an
RSS feed. RSS stands for "Really Simple
Syndication," and the file tells Yahoo! Podcasts and
other podcatchers, like iTunes, how to find and get
your podcast. An RSS feed also lets people subscribe
to your podcast and automatically get updates of
your new content.
To create your RSS feed,
open a text editor, such as Microsoft Word or
Notepad. Copy and paste the code below, and then
replace all the blue text with your own podcast
Title of your site
A description of
your podcast show </description> <itunes:author>Your
Name </itunes:author> <link>
</link> <itunes:image href="http://www.yourserver.com/YourPodcastPicture.jpg"
Sun, 09 Oct 2005 21:00:00 PST </pubDate>
is just a test </title>
A description of your podcast episode
Your Name </itunes:author>
16 Jun 2005 5:00:00 PST </pubDate>
/> </item> </channel> </rss>
"PubDate" is the time you last updated and
published the podcast.
"Length" is the size
of the file in bytes. On a Windows computer, you can
find this by going to the MP3 file in Windows
Explorer and right-clicking on the file. Select
"Properties." The exact size of your MP3 is under
"Size." On a Mac, select the file and click "Apple+I"
to see the file information. The file size will be
shown under "Size." Enter in this number without
Note: Every time you add another
podcast episode, you will need to create another
podcast episode, or "item." Copy all the code from
<item> to </item> and paste this text after the last
</item>. Now, update all the blue text with
information for the new podcast episode.
Note: Some other podcast directories have created
their own code extensions to standard RSS. One
example is the iTunes directory. For more details on
adding iTunes' additional code, visit the
iTunes RSS specifications In the spirit of
encouraging an open standard, Yahoo! Podcasts has
not created any additional code of its own, but
supports commonly used standards, including iTunes'.
After you've made these changes, save the
file in plain text format and with the file
extension "xml" (for example, "MyPodcast.xml").
Upload this file to your web host, just as you did
earlier for your MP3 file.
easiest and most reliable way to upload
your media is to download and use the
SpinXpress publishing tool created
by our partner, Outhink Media.
page will be created on Ourmedia, and
your files will be hosted and preserved
for free at the
can also use SpinXpress for free hosting
of your videos at
SpinXpress also lets you create a public
or private group to share files —
videos, photos, music, documents — with
family, friends or co-workers.
can enter your Ourmedia, Internet
Archive or Drupal account information
here, or you can create a new account. (SpinXpress
can be used to keep all your account and
password information securely in one
place if you like).
Blogger's Help file"...there
are plenty of providers of online storage space that
offer both paid and free hosting services, such as
BlueHost. Once you've
uploaded your files to your web host of choice, you'll
need to enable enclosure links to link to the file from
within a Blogger post."
Upload your MP3
file into a space under the school server.
Uploading and hosting in Odeo Studio is free. In
exchange, we will attach a three second audio intro
when people play the file outside an Odeo player
(for example, on an iPod), to help spread the word
P.S.: Your upload could take several minutes
depending on the size of your audio file and the
speed of your web connection.
Find the uploaded
file in your Saved Audio page
Click the file in the list to edit the
information. And then locate the file in your
podcast you want to share.
Go to your podcast and share its RSS URL ( .../rss.xml)
and Odeo Directory URL (.../view)