A long time ago we received a comment on one of our videos, posts or tweets (I can’t remember which one exactly) asking us for a downloadable MP3 version of the show.
I let that idea sit on the burner for a long time, as we are a video podcast, it’s what we do.
It wasn’t until my wife got her new iPhone and went on a crazy audio podcast binge. She helped me see we were missing out on a very prominent market in the tech world so I decided to look into it.
So this week, the Tech Geek Gamers audio podcast was created (click here to subscribe), and here is how I made it happen.
Step 1 How to convert to MP3?
This one wasn’t that difficult, a quick google search led me to a wonderful little Firefox plugin called Youtube MP3 Podcaster. Simple and easy. Install the plugin, navigate to the Youtube video you want to convert and click the little icon in the top right. You are provided with several options including MP4, FLV and MP3. Select the one you want and being the download
Step 2 Creating an RSS Feed
Creating the feed on the site was easy thanks to Hugh Lashbrooke and his wonderful Seriously Simple Podcasting WordPress plugin. Simply install the plugin and upload the MP3s you have created.
NOTE: This is a WordPress solution, if you don’t have a WordPress site, you may have to search around for someone who will host your MP3 files and convert them to an RSS feed.
Step 3 Letting iTunes know about it
Next was getting iTunes to recognize the feed. The steps outlined in the Apple instructions are pretty forward (http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/specs.html#submitting). The problem is, once I tried to submit the feed from the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin, iTunes didn’t recognize it.
After a little bit of researching I found out that I would need an intermediary to take care of this part. The internet sites I visited looking for information sent me to feedburner.com (which is now a part of the Google empire).
I simply supplied Feedburner with the feed supplied by Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin and it generated a new feed that iTunes would accept.
Step 4 Waiting
After iTunes accepted the feed, I received a thank you email saying to wait a few hours and the podcast would be born.
and sure enough; three hours later we had a podcast!
Step 5 Tell somebody
Now it’s up to you, our adoring fans, to tell your friends that this new format of Tech Geek Gamers is available. So please, share this link on your favorite social media and get the word out.
I am happy we could reach out to a new market of followers and I hope this article will help anyone out there who looks to achieve the same from their video podcasts.
Let me know if this worked for you in the comments below.