Turn Your Stuff Into a Podcast

You have some files on your hard drive, you have some old CD's or cassettes that helped people back in the day, and helped people or entertained them.

What do you need?

If you want to add some additional information to the content, you will need a microphone like a Samson Q2U.

You also need some artwork that meets these specs:

1400x1400px (minimum)
3000x3000px (maximum)
Under 500kb
Use rGB color space
Be a JPG, JPEG, or a PNG file

if you have a budget check out www.podcastbranding.co if you ave less of a budget check out Kapa99

Then you need a media host. I've been a libsyn customer since 2005. I became a Libsyn employee in 2016. You can use the coupon sopfree at www.libsyn.com

How Much Space Do I Need?

You need to know how often you will publish and how long the episodes will be.

If you want to do a weekly show that is 10 minutes long that is 40 minutes a month.

A podcast 128 kbps stereo (a popular format) takes up roughly 1 M per minute. A 64 kbps mono file takes up roughly .5M (Both of these formats have the same quality expect the mono file has no stereo separation)

A 10-minute episode once a week is 40 minutes a month. That would be 40M a month in 128 kbps stereo and 20 megs a month in 64 kbps mono.

How Do I Decide?

The best thing you can do is record something, and then export the same recording multiple times. Each time you export choose a different format and name the file in a way that shows the format. So one file might be dave64mono.mp3 and the other file might be dave128stereo.mp3 and then vote with your ears. You really want to make sure to include any music that might be in your podcast (as it will sound the most “different” when you listen in mono.

This video talks more about this

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About the Author
Dave Jackson has been podcasting since 2005. In 2018 he was inducted into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. He has over 2 Million Downloads. Has helped thousands of podcasters plan, launch and grow their audience. He is part of the Libsyn.com Tech Support Team. He is a Featured and Keynote speaker at events. He is the author of the Book More Podcast Money

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