Podcasting (once known as “audio blogging”) has actually been around since the early 1980s. But it wasn't until the release of the first iPod that Podcasting (hence the name) as we know came on to the scene.

Since that time, podcasts have gotten more and more mainstream. According to Edison Research {http://www.edisonresearch.com/infinite-dial-2017/}:

67 million Americans listen to podcasts monthly

42 million Americans listen to podcasts weekly

It looks like podcasts are here to stay.

What You'll Need to Start a Podcast

At one time, podcasting might have only been possible for those with the right equipment. But thanks to the rise of smartphones and tablets, just about anyone can produce their own podcast.

In order to start a podcast, you'll need at least:

  • Podcast Microphone
  • Podcasting Software
  • Podcast Hosting
  • Since there are endless combinations that will accomplish the above, we'll look at several options and try to recommend the best option (best value) for beginners.

    Podcasting Microphones

    Free
    $0
    Smartphone
    6/10 Sound Quality
    MEMS? Type
    ? Polar Pattern
    usb/lightning Output
    Paid
    $50-$70
    ATR 2100
    8/10 Sound Quality
    Dynamic Type
    Cardioid Polar Pattern
    USB and XLR Output
    Paid
    $200-$240
    Rode Procaster
    9/10 Sound Quality
    Dynamic Type
    Cardioid Polar Pattern
    USB only Output

    Podcasting Software

    Free
    $0
    Smartphone
    Depends Ease of Use
    Depends Features
     
    Free
    $0
    Audacity / Garageband
    7/10 Ease of Use
    8/10 Features
     
    Paid
    $95
    Hindenburg Journalist
    9/10 Ease of Use
    8/10 Features
     

    Podcast Hosting

    Paid
    $5/mo
    Libsyn
    4/5 Ease of Use
    1-2hrs/mo Quota
    2/5 Value
    Free
    $0/mo
    SoundCloud
    4/5 Ease of Use
    3hrs/mo Quota
    5/5 Value
    Paid
    $1/month & up
    AWS Simple Storage
    2/5 Ease of Use
    Depends/mo Quota
    4/5 Value