Podcast FAQ

For those of you that aren’t familiar with this term, from the Wikipedia:

Podcasting is a method of publishing files to the internet, often allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive new files automatically.

In other words, it’s an RSS feed for audio. In simpler terms, it’s subscription based radio.

Do I need an iPod to listen?
No! All you need is a computer with software to play mp3 files. Every modern operating system (including most Linux distros) come with a player built-in. Just download and listen.

How do I subscribe?
You will need a program called a podcatcher or you can use iTunes (Mac and Windows), iPodder (Windows) or iPodderX (Mac and Windows). There are others and more to come for sure! Just pick the one you like the best and use it.

You can also use online subscription sites like Odeo or Podnova which will manage all of your subscriptions for you.

Can I only listen on my computer?
No! You can transfer any podcast to your portable mp3 player the same way you would digital music. Don’t have a portable device? You can also burn them to CD or DVD.

How are the Woofcasts made?
We use a complicated set of algorithms, 1 Mac G5 (Todd’s), an empty pringles can (painted with brake caliper paint and coated with DynoMat), 1 Mac Power book (Gabe’s), some drink coasters from Ikea, 1 more MacBook (db’s), some duct tape and 3 or 4 buckets of cuss words.

The calls are made using Skype

When db does the hard work…
He records the calls using Audio Hijack Pro and mixes the episodes using Apple’s Garage Band.

When Todd does the hard work…
Todd records using voodoo, some powder he picked up at the health food store and his Mac
Todd mixes the episodes using Apple’s Soundtrack Pro software.

When Gabe does the hard work…
So far, not yet. Just as soon has he does we’ll be sure to let you know.

Todd created the theme music using using Soundtrack Pro.

db and Todd use Audio Techica microphones connected to the Alesis MultiMix 8 USB Mixer. Gabe uses an M-Audio microphone connected to the M-Audio Pre-USB device.

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