Podcasting instead of live stream
The second option is podcasting. Don’t worry, you don’t have to have an iPod on hand to listen to the podcast. A podcast is just the whole mp3 file (Video podcasts are files in .mpeg, .avi or .mov format). You can listen to the podcast using WinAmp’s or another player that supports mp3 format. And on iPod’s too. The Wikipedia site provides a very good definition of what a podcast is, in fact. To be honest, podcasts are most often divided by the way they reach the audience, rather than by format. According to the English Oxford Dictionary, the “podcast” was the “Word of the Year” in 2005, although most guys do not know what it is. Radio Schizo started using podcasting in 2006, but most of the punks I talked about about this had no idea what that meant. Mike’s All Go No Slow! Show was the first to use podcasting and for the first time to use podcasts on its air in the summer of 2005, six months ahead of me. Alternative Tentacles Records also did not want to use the podcast for a long time – they called them “batcasts”. But from the beginning of this year, they began to use podcasting on their radio.
It’s best to think of a podcast as a mix cassette, only with your voice, you are a DJ inserted between songs. In fact, www.postpunkjunk.com don’t even call their podcasts “podcasts” – they see them as a virtual mix cassette. Great idea! In Mesozoic times before the Internet, punks usually discovered new bands through the exchange of mix tapes. You may have seen “Classifieds” ads at the end of old Maxim Rock’n’Roll numbers, where some lonely punk suggests making a mix cassette of recently released records if you, in turn, do the same. There was neither Soulseek’s nor Amazon’s to check out the new bands before buying their records. Sometimes it was real luck if you ended up getting what was written in the ad in MRR. Or you made a mix cassette for a girl that you like. A lot of guys, including me, spent a huge amount of time recording such tapes – the correct sequence of songs, the correct flow of rhythms, sometimes the tape concerned one topic, sometimes the tape was a study of a certain direction of punk. In the late 90s, mix cassettes were replaced by mix CDs, which were often written in the same vein, and only a few crusty punks continued to send mix cassettes by mail (I still think it’s very cool )
A podcast for punk radio is a few songs you recorded, but which you must save as one large mp3 file. This is why a podcast usually lasts no more than one hour. A 1 hour MP3 file can weigh up to 65 megabytes. It takes a lot of time to upload such a file. Also, podcasts are not “live” – so if you make a podcast and messed up somewhere, you can always delete this part and correct yourself, just as you could erase the damaged part of a mix cassette and overwrite it.
The Al Quint’s Sonic Overload radio show, which is available for download each week in mp3 format on the website of this show, is also a technical podcast (although the host of the show does not call them that). You can download many radio programs of various stations, like podcasts, i.e. You can download one large mp3 file. In the same way, you can download the .avi file of your favorite TV show or your favorite series. Last Sunday missed a new series of The Simpsons? No problem. Visit the website of this animated series and download the .avi- or .mpeg file of the new series. On the radio the same thing. Did you miss the latest episode of Talking About Cars on National Public Radio? It doesn’t matter either. Go to the archives on the NPR website and download the podcast.
And now, what is the trick. The main difference between podcasts is how they are “delivered” to listeners. Basically, guys should subscribe to podcasts. Podcast creators can organize their show by uploading a podcast when it is finished to the host site, after which a special podcast subscription program will detect this download and automatically start downloading podcasts. To subscribe to podcasts, you need iTunes or other programs called “podcatcher”. ITunes is the first podcatcher, but there are others besides this program, just like there are other mp3 players besides WinAmp’s.
However, before continuing, let me give you links where you will find answers to many questions regarding podcasts. For example, here are some simple podcast FAQs:
Apple’s “Podcasting FAQ”, which will help both PC and Macintosh users, is a good introduction to podcasting, where you can start with the question “What is it?”.
How to make a podcast?
Now, regarding the creation of podcasts. And again, let’s turn to the Internet. How about this URL “How do I make a podcast?”
When it comes to creating podcasts, Mac users have a big advantage.