Get podcasting answers on how to turn off selection snapping in Audacity, whether podcasting less than weekly hurts, how to end a limited-episode podcast and not be removed from iTunes, and how to reduce MP3 file sizes.
Selection snapping in Audacity
Ugh Daniel can you help me? I'm practing with Audacity and when I record a clip it doesnt allow me to cut and any point I can just from one number marker to another. For example when I try to highlight from between the 2.0 position it wont it automatically goes to the 2.0 marker and when I try to stop the selection half way past the 3.0 marker it wont, it goes to the 3.0 marker and at 3.0 I dont want that cut out. Can you please help me?
This is either really handy or really annoying! But it's a simple fix.
- Make sure you see the Selection Toolbar (pictured above), usually at the bottom of Audacity. If you don't see it, go to the View menu > Toolbars > Selection Toolbar.
- Uncheckmark “Snap To” to prevent the 1-second snapping. Checkmark it to have your selections snap to to exact seconds.
Is less than weekly okay?
Back in March, started a podcast focusing on PC gaming in the DOS and pre-Windows XP era. Like most people, I have a very busy schedule and from the start I decided that I would release a new show every two weeks. I've stuck to this and now have 9 episodes on my feed. My question is: Do you think I'm hurting my show by not releasing an episode every single week? It seems that weekly is the “magic number” that most shows seem to follow. I was curious what your thoughts were on shows that release with less frequency.
Host of the Upper Memory Block Podcast
The DOS and pre-Windows XP gaming podcast
I think that episode length and frequency are tied to each other.
Weekly is the optimal release schedule, but it's not required. But here are a few things to keep in mind with a biweekly or less-often schedule:
- It takes longer to get more episodes out, so you have fewer episodes in a year.
- Biweekly can be a harder schedule to maintain because it's not frequent enough to be habit-forming.
- Your website will go two weeks without updates, but you could counter this with blog posts.
- iTunes now learns your publishing schedule and updates your listing based on that, so if you change something about your feed or publish a bonus episode, iTunes may take longer to update.
Ending a podcast without being removed
Thanks for your great site and resources! I'll try to keep this question short.
I want to create a podcast to promote a Christian Bible lesson series, but I don't ever want to update it. My client would like episodes from the series to be available for download on iTunes for free to help with permotion, but he won't be making new ones every week. Is this a problem and will they kick us off iTunes or is this a good idea? Thanks so much for your help!
There's a new iTunes podcasting tag for this. The <itunes:complete> tag will tell iTunes to stop checking for updates but also not remove your podcast.
To do this, add “<itunes:complete>yes</itunes:complete>” to the channel level of your podcast feed. Currently, this can't be done with PowerPress or FeedBurner (don't ever expect FeedBurner to support new things).
How to get smaller MP3 file sizes
Hi! I am new to podcasting, and am using Audacity…I noticed my one-hour podcasts are pushing 60mb! I know there's a way to save them at a lower quality (it says its exporting at 128kbps) but I cannot for the life of me figure out where to change these settings. Can you help?
Yeah, that's big. You can easily cut that in half by making mono MP3s instead of stereo.
But also instead of using Audacity to make the MP3s, I suggest exporting as WAV and then using iTunes to create the MP3. This will create a nicer file.
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