Selecting Podcasting Software

Many different kinds of podcasting software exist, and if you decide to invest more time into podcasting, you may want to explore more choices, but for the purposes of this course, you will learn about two popular types of podcasting software and determine which one to use for your first podcast.

Audacity

Audacity is free, open source software. You can download it from Source Forge. Audacity works on computers running Window, Max OS X, or Linux.

audacity.pngAudacity Features:
  • Record live audio, up to 16 channels at a time.
  • Ability to save/export files as mp3 or wav, among other file types.
  • Convert cassette tapes or records into digital formats.
  • Edit audio.
  • Easy to use.
  • Free.

If you have ever had a cassette player, Audacity's controls will look familiar:

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GarageBand

garageband.pngGarageBand is part of Apple's iLife suite of programs. It is preloaded on Apple computers. GarageBand is only available on Apple computers and may not be used with Windows. The latest version of iLife costs $79.00 and also includes iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, and iDVD. Garage Band is geared toward music, but it is excellent for creating podcasts.

GarageBand Features:
  • Record live audio.
  • Ability to save/export files as mp3 or wav, among other file types.
  • Edit audio.
  • Easy to use.
  • Stock loops and sound effects.

In addition to podcasting, GarageBand is packed with musical features that you might be able to use in your classroom.

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Recommendations

If you are running a Windows or Linux operating system on your computer, you will want to download Audacity, as GarageBand is not available for PC's. You may check out alternatives, but tutorials in this course are limited to Audacity and GarageBand.

If you have an Apple computer, I recommend using GarageBand over Audacity, as it has a few more features and is already on your computer. You can download Audacity and try them both to see which you like better.

Task

Decide whether to use GarageBand or Audacity. Download or purchase the program and install it on your computer. After you have completed this task, move on to Module 3.

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