I comment on feedback regarding another sound cart manager (soundboard), friends made through podcasting, listeners giving back to podcasters, and a podcasting goal for 2011.

Audacity tip: importing M4A (AAC), WMA, FLAC, and other special audio files.

Sports Sounds Pro

Ron emailed to recommend Sports Sounds Pro as another cart manager / soundboard for Windows. Although it doesn’t have an attractive interface, it does sport big buttons (pun originally not intended), lots of real-time features and effects, and enough carts to support all of your podcasts.

Sports Sounds Pro is $149 for the full version, but the demo version may be enough for many podcasters.

The copy of Sports Sounds Pro that you download is the full version of the program. The downloaded program operates in a DEMO MODE with limited playback capability. In DEMO MODE, the program will only play back the top row of buttons on the first three pages of each group.

I reviewed Soundboard 2.0 and mentioned other similar software in episode 20.

Thankful for new friends

Elena called in response to my Thanksgiving episode and shared that she is thankful for the friends she has made through podcasting.

Goal to produce more podcasts in 2011

Responding to goals for podcasters, Scott shared that one of his podcasting goals for 2011 is to publish more podcast episodes, but it’s hard to coordinate schedules with three to four cohosts. In a future episode, I’ll share some suggestions for overcoming this with collaboration and scheduling tools.

Six ways listeners can give back to podcasters

Lin from Effective Children’s Ministry shared the flip side of podcasters’ giving back to listeners by suggesting six ways listeners can give back to podcasters.

  1. Express our thanks
  2. Subscribe and never miss an episode
  3. Listen again
  4. Tell others about the podcast
  5. Implement good advice and share results
  6. If you disagree, tell the podcaster—don’t unsubscribe

Audacity tip: importing M4A (AAC), WMA, FLAC, and more

By default, Audacity will only allow you to import WAV, AIFF, MP3, and Ogg Vorbis audio files and will give you errors if you try to import M4A (also know as AAC, Apple’s format), WMA (Windows Media Audio), or FLAC (a lossless compression format).

Follow a few simple instructions to install FFmpeg into Audacity for Windows, OS X, or Linux.

Keep in mind that this will only work for files without digital rights management (DRM), which prevents decoding or converting by unauthorized programs.

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About the Author
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.

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