We love podcasts. That’s why we make our own! If you love listening to them, you ought to have a system for managing them and finding new ones. This weekend, we’ll help you set that up.
Find Podcasts You Love
You probably have a decent list of podcasts you really like, but if you want more to choose from in a variety of topics you need to set out on a journey of discovery. You’ve previously shared your favorites, but so have many other sites. Here are some recommendations from popular blogs:
Those lists should help you discover a few you haven’t heard of and expand into a variety of different genres. If you want a little more help, Android users can download Player FM for plenty of additional suggestions and anyone can use Podcastomatic to turn blogs into podcasts.
Do More Than Just Listen
Podcasts traditionally come in audio form, but by now you’ve likely seen at least a few video versions. Not everything revolves around talk, however, as many video podcasts can actually teach you a thing or two. If you want to exercise more, don’t go out and by DVDs. Exercise video podcasts can do the trick just as well and won’t cost you anything. Want a college education without the tuition? iTunes U offers plenty of free courses on a variety of subjects. Sure, you won’t get to ask the teacher any questions but you can pick up a lot of specialized knowledge with just a few downloads. Podcasts can teach you to code, show you how to play the piano, help with home maintenance and real estate, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Just search for what you want to learn and you’ll probably find a podcast to help.
Choose the Right Apps
Managing podcasts well means having a solid app to do as much of the work as possible for you. That means keeping the right number of episodes, pruning old ones, managing space, and organizing everything in a way that suits you best. We have great picks for Android and iPhone, and OS X users can start syncing their podcasts with the OS X version of our iOS favorite Downcast.
Having the right app on your smartphone just serves as a starting point. What you do with it really makes the biggest difference. If you selectively listen to podcasts, you can just store, update, and sync as you please, but if you have a lot you can create your own talk radio station. The best podcast managers allow you to create topic-based playlists that automatically populate with the latest episode of your favorite shows in a particular category. This way you can always have something to listen to and know new content will be ready and available on your device when you want it.
Make Your Own
When you’ve exhausted all your podcast consumption options, you don’t have to stop there—start contributing! You just need to set up an inexpensive home studio to get the ball rolling. If you can invest in equipment that costs around $ 100-200, you can record quality audio without much else. If you want to learn more about studio setup and mixing, check out our audio production lessons. Once you’ve learned to record, you need to figure out how to submit your podcast so the internet can find it. While there are other outlets, that primarily rests on iTunes shoulders. Fortunately, Apple has a good guide to teach you how to create a feed and submit it to the iTunes Music Store for easy discovery.
Have a great weekend, and enjoy your podcasts!