When you hear Drupal content management, you would assume that Drupal would be king at podcasting. But, until just recently, it has been hard, and not very future proof.

Podcasters listen up! The time is now to have Drupal be your podcast management system.

I am assuming that you have some knowledge of Drupal and know how to install modules. If not check out this handbook first.

Each of those modules have documentation on how to install and troubleshoot if you run into problems.

This podcast from Mustardseed Media here covers most of the installation of the Filefield Podcaster module.

The Filefield Podcaster module takes a different approach in that it is a CCK Field an thus integrates into the future of Drupal.

The part that the Filefield Podcaster doesn't cover are some extra tags like multiple categories or other things that may or may not make it into your audio id3 tags.

Check you feed out over here to see if it is iTunes compatible. Or if you just want to make sure it is a valid feed check here.

If you find you are really missing some tags you wish you had in your podcast but don't know how to include them. This is where the Feedburner module comes in.

If you send your feeds through feed burner, you can make sure they will be more iTunes compatible and you get excellent statistics of all your feeds.

If you don't want to use Feedburner and just want to have good id3 tagging you can do this by iTunes itself or by alternate Mac options like dBpoweramp or MediaMonkey. There are many options out there to correctly set up your id3 for your audio.

Make sure you detail each audio file as much as possible before adding the other tags via Feedburner. Use Feedburner as a compliment to your id3 tags because once the audio leaves its feed for a listeners computer, it is on it's own and must retain all the information you need it to.

Final and last point. What if you have several podcast on a single site? How can you set up feeds based on the category they are in?
This will be covered in my next blog titled Views Taxonomy Argument for RSS Feeds.


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