Unless you’ve got your own radio station, podcasting is probably the easiest way to broadcast your message to millions of people across the world. Requiring no license fees or studio hire, you can literally become your own one man radio station with nothing more than a computer and a microphone. The best thing about podcasts too is that your listeners can constantly keep track of your latest releases because podcasts can be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically when new content is added, using an aggregator or feed reader capable of reading feed formats such as RSS or Atom. There’s a huge market out there for podcasts as this list of some of the nets most popular podcasts proves. As you can see, everything from better parenting to politics and PSP hacking find a place in the most popular list. Here’s a look at 5 of the very best free podcasting apps to produce your broadcast with:
Audacity – Mainly used for editing and recording rather than publishing podcasts but one of the most poplar choices on the net for it’s ease of use. It works across platforms and for Mac users, it’s even a competitive replacement for Garageband.
Odeo Studio – Anything that you’ve edited or produced on Audacity, you may find easier to publish with Odeo Studio. Allows you to easily upload MP3’s for free although there is a catch – if someone listens to it in a different player, they get a brief Odeo ad.
podOmatic – Don’t want to mess around with downloading anything? podOmatic is an online podcast creator which offers free hosting, detailed listener statistics and allows you to design your own customised podcast page with all your latest broadcasts.
Gabcast – A great solution for those that don’t have access to a PC or microphone, Gabcast allows you to record your podcasts by phone. You can post audio directly to your blog and even host conference calls during your podcasts – great for doing interviews.
WildVoice – Cheap and cheerful style podcasting application for all ages and hosts your podcasts immediately the second that it’s finished. Very easy to use and features a step-by-step guide to get you recording podcasts in minutes.