How to Create a Podcast with an iPhone

Are you trying to figure out how to create a podcast with an iPhone? Use Mobile Podcaster.

I built Mobile Podcaster back in 2012 to help solve the very challenging problem of how to get audio from my iPhone directly to my WordPress site in the form of a blog post. The goal was to have this blog post feed into iTunes, so that it was available for download to folks out there listening to podcasts.

Mobile Podcaster achieves this goal by letting you record and publish your podcast recordings from your iPhone or iPad to WordPress. You may also upload your recordings to Dropbox or via FTP. It’s a great solution, because you can record a quick episode and have it available on your site when you’re on the run. No need to log into your WordPress site to add a photo, categories, or a new blog entry. Mobile Podcaster takes care of all of this for you.

It’s a complete workflow solution. Not just a voice recorder.

I guess I’m a little biased since I created the app but I really do love using it everyday.

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iPhone App to Create a Podcast

The iPhone is a remarkable device and Mobile Podcaster is an iPhone app to create a podcast. With the push of a button you can record your podcast and publish it to your WordPress site. It’s a thing of beauty really.

Three reasons why you should podcast from your iPhone with Mobile Podcaster:

  1. Save time by not having to login to your computer, edit audio, upload files and creating a blog post.
  2. Capture important moments as they unfold, such as breaking news.
  3. Leverage new technology to break the mold and challenge existing paradigms.

Bloggers, podcasters, news reporters and teachers all love Mobile Podcaster for its simplicity and effectiveness. Check it out today!

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Episode 13: What Is A Podcast?

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In this episode I thought it might be interesting to review the meaning and history of podcasting as described in Wikipedia.

A podcast is a form of digital media that consists of an episodic series of audio, video, digital radio, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. The word is a portmanteau of “(i)Pod” and “broadcast.”

The Merriam Webster Tenth International Collegiate defines “podcast” as: a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet.

A podcast’s distributor maintains a list of audio or video files in a series on a server as a web feed, and the listener or viewer uses special client application software, known as a podcatcher, to access this web feed, check it for updates, and download any new files in the series. This process can be automated so that new files are downloaded automatically, which may seem to the user as if the content is being broadcast or “pushed” to them. Files are stored locally on the user’s computer or other device, ready for offline use. Podcasting contrasts with webcasting (Internet streaming), which generally isn’t designed for offline listening to user-selected content.

As discussed by Richard Berry, podcasting is both a converged medium bringing together audio, the web, and portable media player, and a disruptive technology that has caused some in the radio business to reconsider some of the established practices and preconceptions about audiences, consumption, production, and distribution. This idea of disruptiveness is largely because no one person owns the technology; it is free to listen and create content, which departs from the traditional model of “gate-kept” media and production tools. It is very much a horizontal media form: producers are consumers and consumers become producers and engage in conversations with each other.

The term “podcasting” was first mentioned by Ben Hammersley in The Guardian newspaper in a February 2004 article, along with other proposed names for the new medium. It is a portmanteau of the words “pod” —from iPod— and “broadcast”. Despite the etymology, the content can be accessed using any computer that can play media files and not just portable music players. Use of the term “podcast” predates the addition of native support for podcasting to the iPod, or to Apple’s iTunes software.

Many people and groups, including Dawn and Drew of The Dawn and Drew Show, Kris and Betsy Smith of Croncast, and Dan Klass of The Bitterest Pill contributed to the early emergence and popularity of podcasts.[9] Former MTV VJ Adam Curry, in collaboration with Dave Winer, a developer of RSS feeds, is credited with coming up with the idea to automate the delivery and syncing of textual content to portable audio players.

From its humble beginnings to its rise as an instrumental agent of change, particularly in the broadcast arena, podcasting’s mainstream acceptance has been documented and preserved for generations to come.

Podcasting, once an obscure method of spreading information, has become a recognized medium for distributing audio content, whether for corporate or personal use. A podcast is similar to a radio program with key differences: listeners can tune into their favorite shows at their convenience and listen to podcasts directly on any device that can play audio files.

The first application to make this process feasible was iPodderX, developed by August Trometer and Ray Slakinski. By 2007, through the evolution of internet capabilities, along with cheaper hardware and software, audio podcasts were doing what was historically accomplished via radio broadcasts, which since the 1930s had been the sources of radio talk shows and news programs.

In August 2004, Adam Curry launched his show Daily Source Code. It was a show focused on chronicling his everyday life, delivering news and discussions about the development of podcasting, as well as promotion for new and emerging podcasts. Daily Source Code is believed to be the first podcast produced on a consistent basis. Curry published it in an attempt to gain traction in the development of what would come to be known as podcasting, and as a means of testing the software outside of a lab setting. The name Daily Source Code was chosen in the hope that it would attract an audience with an interest in technology.

Daily Source Code started at a grassroots level of production and was initially directed at podcast developers. As its audience became interested in the format, these developers were inspired to create and produce their own projects and, as a result, they improved the code used to create podcasts. As it became known how easy production was, a community of pioneer podcasters quickly appeared. Despite a lack of commonly accepted identifying name at the time of creation, Daily Source Code is commonly believed to be the first podcast to be published online.

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This podcast was recorded and published using Mobile Podcaster. Mobile Podcaster is an iOS application for iPhone and iPad that lets you record podcast episodes and automatically publish new blog posts to your WordPress site, which are then automatically made available on iTunes for subscribers to listen. Learn more at MobilePodcaster.com.

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Episode 11: Podcast Production And Distribution Workflow

Welcome back to another episode of Mobile Podcaster. Today I want to talk about the process for podcasting and what is the right workflow for your podcast. There are many options and the right solution depends on many factors.

There are potentially a lot of steps involved in creating and distributing a podcast. Of course, as with anything, over time you’re going to get better at the process and discover what exactly works for your situation.

There are many things to consider when looking at the overall workflow for your podcast. It’s not as simple as just recording some audio. You need to consider planning, set up, recording, editing, publishing, and distribution of your podcast.

Episode 11: Podcast Production And Distribution Workflow

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How To Email Pictures And Audio With Your iPhone

We all like to share pictures with our iPhones and send them to people for a number of different reasons. Some folks like to send pictures of their kids to their parents and lots of us at work use our camera every day to document things we see around us.

Mobile Podcaster is great for podcasting, but it’s also a great tool for snapping a picture and attaching some audio that you can then email to someone. A picture is worth 1,000 words but sometimes a little more description is not only helpful but fun as well.

This podcast was recorded and published using Mobile Podcaster. Mobile Podcaster is an iPhone application that lets you record podcast episodes and automatically publish new blog posts to your WordPress site.

How To Email Pictures And Audio With You IPhone

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Fix iPad or iPhone App Stuck on Waiting During Download & Install

This is not a common problem, but if you’re trying to install an iOS app and it gets stuck “Waiting…” without any of the progress bars moving, downloading, or installing, you can fix this fairly easily.

Here are a few options to fix this problem …

  1. Tap the app icon so that it says “Paused” and then tap that app icon again to see if it starts downloading.
  2. Reestablish your Internet connection. Go to Settings and turn Airplane mode on and then off.
  3. Do you have enough space on your device to install the new app? You’ll typically get a warning if this is the case, but it’s worth checking. Go to Settings > General > About to see how much space you have left. To free up space, delete some unused apps or remove some pictures or videos from your Photo Library.
  4. You may also try to reboot the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch by holding down the power button for 3 seconds and then swiping to turn off your device. Most of us don’t power down very often, so a reboot might do the trick.
  5. Try deleting the app by holding your finger on the icon for a couple seconds and click the “x”. Then try to install again from the App Store.
  6. It could be that Apple’s servers are just overloaded with downloads from the App Store. Wait a few hours and hopefully the app will actually install.

Personally, I’ve never had an app fail to install altogether, so have some patience and hopefully one of the options above helped resolve your issue.

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How to Enable XML-RPC in WordPress

In older versions of WordPress.org sites, XML-RPC is not enabled (XML-RPC is enabled by default on WordPress.com sites).

In order for your WordPress installation to be able to serve XML-RPC requests you have to enable this feature on you website. To enable this feature, login to your WordPress site and go to the admin section. There, under Settings -> Writing you will have to Enable the XML-RPC option as shown below. Put a check next to this option and you’re all set.

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How to Create a Podcast on Your iPad with Mobile Podcaster

There are several ways to podcast on your iPad but only one that let’s you actually upload your recording to your website in a format that is suitable for submission to iTunes. Mobile Podcaster is that app.

In this video I show you how to record and publish your podcast episode to your WordPress site. WordPress is so important because it serves as the home for your podcast on the Internet. You see, a podcast is nothing more than a collection of audio files on the Internet and WordPress is the perfect place to host those files.

WordPress is one of the most widely used blogging platofrms and content management systems used today. It is extremely popular. Not only does is allow you to blog, but with the right plugins you can do amazing things, like host and play podcast audio files. In this examples I’m demonstrating the use of the Blubrry Powerpress plugin.

Here are some helpful resources:

  • WordPress.com – setup your own free blog to host your podcast. If you choose this route, you’ll need to purchase the WordPress Space Updgrade for an annual fee of $20. It’s a no brainer if you ask me and Mobile Podcaster supports this approach 100%
  • WordPress.org – you may also download WordPress and install it on your own domain hosting platform. For example, you could register a domain and get hosting at Bluehost (~$150 total for 2 years) and then install WordPress. Bluehost makes it even easier becuase they have a 1-click install option.
  • BluBrry PowerPress Podcasting Plugin – if you use WordPress.org, you’ll need this plugin to display your podcast media player and manage the podcast feed to iTunes. It’s a fantastic, very well supported podcasting plugin (I’m using it on this site).
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iOS Podcast Publishing with Mobile Podcaster v1.1

The latest version of Mobile Podcaster is now available in the iTunes App Store. This version includes a mix of user interface and functionality enhancements to make it easier to record you podcast on your iPhone or iPad and publish directly to WordPress.

1. Stop and Pause Button with Recording and Playback

The audio recording and playback control panel has been improved.You can now stop or pause while recording and playback. This is great should you get interrupted or lose your train of thought while recording.

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2. Playback Scrollbar

The scrollbar intuitively appears when playing back a recording and disappears otherwise. You can use your finger to scrub the audio or move the slider to a specific location.

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3. WordPress.com Audio Enclosure

The enclosure options now include the standard enclosure required to playback audio on a WordPress.com site. Reminder: You still need to purchase the WordPress.com Space Upgrade to upload audio to your WordPress.com site.

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4. Post Status

Two addition options for post status are now available: Private and Pending. This is useful if you have several users contributing to a single site or would like to keep your podcasts private until you’re ready to make public.

Wordpress post status with private and pending

5. Share via Email

The option to Send your recording via email is now an available in addition to the ability to Upload to WordPress.

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We’re already working on the next update, including Mobile Podcaster for iPad. What other features would you like to see in Mobile Podcaster?

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