podcasts

Can I make a living with a podcast?

Apple Podcast

Episode 1666

Bill from Cincinnati, Ohio

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.

How do I download podcasts?

Podcast

Episode 1627

Noland from Los Angeles, CA

Noland has an iPhone 7 and he can't download podcasts. How does he do that? Leo says that you use a podcast app like Apple Podcast and then subscribe to a podcast. Then check "automatically download new episodes." But these days, most stream, rather than download, so it's not on by default. Another option is an app called PocketCast. If it's still not downloading, try unsubscribing, delete the feed, then re-add the feed. 

Why do podcasts quit after 20 minutes?

Podcast

Episode 1593

Len from San Diego, CA

Len listens to his podcasts through Amazon Echo. Leo says that Echo and other home assistants are a boon for podcasters and streaming radio from all over the world. He says the problem though is that it'll completely play live, but if he listens to it pre-recorded, he only gets about 20 minutes. Leo says it all comes down to advertising. If you're listening to a podcast in Cleveland, but you're in San Diego, ads are no benefit to you or the advertiser. And they probably don't pay to have an ad on the download. It's all about economics. Podcasts are like magazines.

How can I download a podcast?

Podcast

Episode 1593

Dave from Rochester, NY

Dave wants to know how to download Leo's podcasts. Leo says that all his podcasts are designed to be downloaded, and you can do that from Twit.TV. There should be a button you can click on to download the podcast, or you can right click and select download on the link. But Leo recommends using a podcast aggregator like iTunes, Switcher, Pocket Cast (Android), Downcast (Android), Google Podcasts, Podcast Republic, Podcast Addict. Make sure you set them for automatic download, so it will download every new episode. 

Do I Have to Pay TuneIn to Listen to Podcasts?

Episode 1590

Taylor from Cincinnati, OH

Taylor operates his own 100 watt FM radio station so they can stream via TuneIn. He's had complaints that TuneIn is charging them $100 for premium service in order to listen to him. Is that legit? Leo says NO! They do have free and paid levels for streaming, but he can listen to anything free on Tune-in. They do give a one-week free trial, but TuneIn is billing automatically via Apple Pay. Leo says to complain, and they will refund it. 

Why won't my audio play on my other computer?

Handbrake

Episode 1525

Carl from Upland, CA

Carl transferred some podcast audio from one computer to another and it won't play on the other computer hard drive, just on the USB drive. Rich suspects a format issue. It sounds like it isn't a standard MP3 file, and as such, his Windows mp3 player is having issues playing it. Rich also says he may want to try converting the audio using VLC or Handbrake. Another possibility is that it requires some sort of "key" to play the audio. Or additional components.

How can I stream to YouTube Live?

YouTube

Episode 1475

Dar from Hollywood, CA

Dar wants to know how to stream his nightly podcast on YouTube Live. Leo says it depends on what he's using for his show now. First, he'll need to set up an official YouTube account for his nightly podcast. Then he can start uploading videos. He'll have to get 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 viewed hours before he can qualify for live streaming. Then YouTube should just enable the live streaming in YouTube Studio. Leo says that super-serving his audience by targeting their niche will get him plenty of success and exposure.