I’ve already created some podcasts with Webjay and some with Blogger + Feedburner‘s SmartCast. Neither of both was originally made for podcast feeds.
Webjay (put back online by Lucas after a hacker break-in) is actually a great playlist creator tool, whose ‘RSS’ converter happens to be podcast compatible.
Blogger is the most used general-purpose blogging tool, and needs to be combined with Feedburner’s inventive Atom-to-RSS feed converter to allow audio enclosures.
If you compare creating a podcast with both:
- Webjay (e.g. Smoothouse October List)
- PRO: zero startup time / also provides M3U, SMIL, ASX playlist support (for playing in WinAmp, RealPlayer, WMP, …) / has a playlist importer (get all the MP3 links from a page and put them into a playlist
- CON: no way to add meta-data / no way to modify look-and-feel
- Blogger + SmartCast (e.g. Smoothpod Mashups / Backroomsounds podcast)
- PRO: meta-data (playlist/transcription/related links) can be put in the blog post body / optimal results in Google/Technorati/Feedster / maximum flexibility for adapting look ‘n feel
- CON: no that trivial to set up / no ‘play-it-all-now’ functionality except when added manually
This is what an ideal Podcast publishing tool would look like for me:
- minimal set-up: no technical knowledge required – comparable with the setting up of a new Blogger blog
- adding a new post should be easy – a wizard like ‘add-the-audio-file’ – ‘write-the-text’ – ‘publish!’.
- use standard templates like
- provide download statistics for the feed and the individual files
- also provide a ‘play-now’ button for each audio file, and maybe a ‘play-complete-playlist-now’ functionality
- be conscious about audio file types (like Webjay): .MP3 can be played by anything, .AAC is for iTunes/iPod, WMA for WMP, … so you could have a ‘subscribe to this podcast with iTunes/RealPlayer/Windows Media Player/…’ choice
- automatic ping of audio.weglogs.com (and Ping-o-Matic)
- take care of directory inclusion (ipodder OPML, …)
- include tools like BlogTorrent or a point-and-click preconfigured FTP uploader for easy audio file upload
- easy access to directories of RIAA-free music
- easy access to feed validator
- easy access to podcast delivery networks (with cheap bandwidth)
Anything I forgot?