Most of us have a favorite podcast we listen to each week. They are often hosted by DJ superstars and we do not even realize we could start our own as well. In truth, this option is available to everyone and is absolutely free. Here, we present useful information on how to make a DJ mix podcast and get it on iTunes.
Consider the title of your podcast. You will most likely upload sequel episodes, so think of a name that will both represent the content, will sound good and will stay in the listener’s mind. Also do some research to make sure the title is not already being used.
Think about the genre and format of your podcast. If it is a musical podcast, consider the main genres included. If it is spoken podcast, think about guest appearances, dialogue structures and topics.
Making your DJ mix podcast
Select your tracks for the first mix. A podcast is normally between 30 minutes and 2 hours long, so 8 - 30 tracks should cover you.
Import them into your workstation. If you are looking for free software, Audacity is a great place to start. If you want more advanced software, go with Ableton Live.
Arrange your tracks to tell a story. Transitions should feel flawless and smooth. Create a special intro and voiceovers if needed. Use a quality microphone with pop filters for this.
Prepare the upload
Export your final mix as .mp3 format, as this is the most common audio file format supported by iTunes. Make sure you render it at least in 320kbps bitrate to meet required quality standards.
Rename the podcast including the title, episode number and other additional information. Remember to include specific information like special features or guests. Also edit ID3 tags so listeners can find more specific information if needed.
First choose where you will host your podcast. Podomatic and PodoBeam are great examples. Find your RSS feed in your hosting site and copy it.
Next go to ITunes, navigate to the ITunes Store, find the Podcast section, and select Submit a Podcast. Now all you have to do is Paste the link on Podcast feel URL and click Continue. You only have to do this once as next time you upload on your host, iTunes will automatically sync the newest episodes using the RSS feed.
At the final step you will receive a Confirmation code and the iTunes community will review and accept the material if it suits the community guidelines. Be patient as this may take couple days depending on the amount of material in the queue.
Things to keep in mind
Avoid copyrighted material. You are responsible for all the copyright infringements you use in your mix. Even if you have used a free download, it is best to ask for written permission from original artists to use the material.
To reach a massive follower base, the two golden rules are quality content and regular uploads. Spend time preparing each episode and create an upload schedule for a particular day of the week or month.