Audio Podcasting for the idle blogger

Apart from actually reading out the various posts on here and recording what I’m saying, the only other way I can make an audio podcast of my blog ramblings is to use one of the many “audio feed” tools that are out on the web. There are quite a lot of these things suddenly appearing all over web, and if you’re not familiar with them, they take the RSS feed from your blog and play it back using an articifial voice. I’ve used Talkr on my blog before and it had a nice synthetic feminine lilt to its voice. However, I can’t seem to get on to their site anymore and fear that my audio feeds are no more.  So, what else can I use, seeing as though it’s impossible to get any peace and quiet at home to record a podcast myself? Well, according to various blog posts, reviews, and promo sites there are several, so I thought I’d test what some of them sound like, and what other things they offer (eg the ability to add your audio blog to iTunes. Let’s have a look at a few and compare what they sound like. First up….

odiogo

Offers a whole “audio” and sharing page, including a link to subscribe in iTunes (which I’ve added to my “subscribe” links on here), plus a direct mp3 stream for each post. It also creates an M3u playlist. Here’s an example or two – see what you think:

A is for Amazon (on odiogo)

Stream all articles

Audiofeed

This is the “free” version of Readspeaker, which seems to be making a big impression with allsorts of companies and organisations. It offers a HTML link to your own “audiofeed” page where there are a few sharing options, in addition to a player and direct to mp3 download for each ‘cast. There’s a really useful link to a mobile version of your page.

More soon….

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Odeo, oh dear

I wanted to put some of music on the world of mistrust. I’ve got tracks hosted on Last.fm and loads of other sites, all with wonderful music players that can be embedded into a webpage. However, due to “security” concerns, WordPress won’t let you embed them because they’re all Flash-based. That leaves only a few of alternatives: direct text links to my Last.fm MP3s, which force readers to download or play them with their own music player; use a widget that will go in my sidebar; or use the built in audio player that WordPress allows.

I don’t want to build in text links because I want people to be able to listen while they’re reading, rather than having to mess around with their own player. The widget option is really Odeo or nothing, because the player looks good and is really a podcast in disguise, so it’s streamable. Sonific (the other music widget) won’t let you use your own music, so that’s out. So, Odeo it is. Or maybe not. It’s a useful website and sleek player, but finding the right place to put my music was a PIA, and then having to sort out how to get the tracks into a podcast took ages. Although they have nice little players that you can embed, the one in WordPress too big. There must be somthing easier. I may look at Odeo another time, but at the moment, I want a flashy music player and I ain’t going to get one. As for video, I’m going to look at the vodpod widget to stream my O’Neill videos…….

By the way….the I’ve got a new look to the site. More about this tomorrow.