Brian has a couple of friends that want to start a podcast. Leo says it's a great time to start one, and you can get started with just a smartphone thanks to Anchor.FM. There's also Twisted Wave, an app. In fact, a smartphone has everything you need to do a professional-sounding podcast. But if you want to expand, Leo says an Emotiv mic will plug into your phone and give you a little better audio. Anchor.FM can then be the publisher. They will also bring it up to iTunes and other podcasting aggregators. You also get a web page. And they don't charge you either.
Bill wants to know if he can make a living podcasting. Leo says that it takes a long time to build an audience to make a living. It's better to pick something you're really passionate about and then just do it. Focus on building your audience, not trying to make a buck. As for how to get started, Leo recommends Anchor.fm. You can put the app on your phone and create your podcast directly from it. Or you can upload a podcast you recorded the old fashioned way; you can even monetize it. They have a deal with Spotify and will also plug it.
Charlie says that his old iPhone 6S is losing battery life. Leo says that the phone is just plain old. The batteries of mobile phones usually handle about 500 complete charges. After that, they start to degrade quickly. Unfortunately, Apple's $39 battery replacement deal has passed, and as such, it'll cost over $100 to get it replaced.
He bought a battery from Amazon, but the phone says it charges less. Leo says he might've bought a counterfeit battery from Amazon. Go to Apple. Pay the $100 and let the genius replace it. It's worth it.
Edward is getting into podcasting for his company. It'll be for internal distribution. Leo says that's a great idea. Any company that has a large workforce should have a podcast. What's the simplest way to do it? Leo says that the easiest way to start is with a phone. He can use the app Anchor.FM. A mobile device will have a pretty good mic built-in, but he could also get some additional hardware like the RODE Interview Kit. The Sound Devices USB Pre II is another good option. The real key though will be consistency. Do it every week.
Ed can also record via Skype.
Doug has a podcast called Headline Minute on Anchor.FM. He wants to know if it will play using SIRI. Leo says that SIRI is as dumb as a box of rocks, but the Amazon Echo would likely play it, as will Google Assistant. More people have Echos and Google Assistants anyway.
Rich wants to start a podcast for his Rabbi. How can he get started? Leo says that Anchor.FM is ideal. It has unlimited free hosting with a ton of great tools including music, calls, etc. He can even monetize it, and he can do it with a smartphone.
Svera is a podcaster and his current podcast host is shutting down and is offering no support to redirect his podcasts to another host. It took him five months to make a transition and it nearly killed his audience. Leo says that's why it's so important to keep control of all your domain names. Don't let your host control that, as when they go out of business, you lose your site. When you control your domain name, you can easily set up a redirect. Leo also suggests getting it up over to Anchor.FM.
Trochelle wants to become a YouTuber. Can she make a living at it? What camera should she use? Leo says that 99% of people don't make a living at YouTube, and nobody really knows the formula in how to do it, other than content being king. You have to find a niche and offer consistent and high-quality content. But will it be enough to pay the bills? Well, that's the question. Pick something you're nutty passionate about and do that. The camera for getting started is the MEVO.