Where Does Microsoft Stand on Podcasting?
This week, I'm joined by my good friend, Rob Greenlee. Rob manages the Podcasts Marketplace on Windows Phone/Zune at Microsoft. He and I have a very lively conversation about the state of podcasting on the Windows Platform.

During our conversation, we covered a great deal of territory. Here are just a few of the fact that I recall off the top of my head. Please listen to the episode for full details on each of the following.

– The Zune desktop software still runs on on Widows 7 and on the “desktop version” of Windows 8. Note: You must leave the “metro interface” and get into the “older style desktop” to run the Zune software.

– The Zune desktop software will still sync to Windows Phone 7 and 7.8. However, it will not sync to Windows Phone 8.

– Both Windows Phone 7 and 8 have the ability to subscribe to and manage podcast subscriptions directly from the phone. On Windows Phone 7, this is under the brand of Zune Marketplace. On Windows Phone 8, this is under Xbox Music. Note: Podcasting is in not officially tied to Xbox in any way.

– There is no direct support of podcasting on Windows Surface Tablet RT. However their are a few third party applications that will allow you to subscribe to and manage podcasts. Ironically, these apps are likely pulling from the Apple Podcasts Directory API and NOT FROM the Zune Podcast Directory that Rob manages.

– There is no direct support for podcasting on the Xbox console.

– There is no longer a web version of the Zune Podcast Directory. However, the directory does still exist. Those who have the Zune Desktop software and those who have Windows Phone 7 or 8 can browse the podcasts using the methods I listed above.

– Rob's email address has been changed from [email protected] to [email protected] (UPDATE: [email protected]). You can email him your rss feed and he will add your podcast to the directory. You can also reach him via Twitter via @RobGreenlee.

I want to personally thank Rob, on behalf of all podcasters, for the efforts that he has made to keep podcasting alive within the Microsoft platforms. I encourage everyone to reach out and thank him personally for his hard work and to encourage him to keep on fighting the good fight.

Note: Here's the video that Rob referred to during our conversation.

 
Personal Plug of The Week
This week's Personal Plug of the Week is for the Simple Life Together podcast produced by Daniel and Vanessa Hayes. Their podcast is dedicated to helping people lead a simpler life within our busy modern world.

In the episode, I mentioned Daniel's blog post about his “World Shedquarters.” I encourage you to check it out. Daniel is an almuni of my Podcasting A to Z course and I'm honored to call him a friend. If you check out their podcast, please tell them that you heard about the from the podcast answer man!

 
I Knew This Day Would Come!
I've been in the podcasting space since 2005 and I knew that this day would come. You may have been hearing a lot of buzz about the massive growth of podcasting during 2012. I have personally witnessed the largest growth in podcasting since 2006.

Chris Brogan recently launched a new show and blogged about podcasting here: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/podcasting.

After posting his thoughts on podcasting, Chris Brogan had many requests for information about how to launch a podcast. I was very honored to read how he answer this here: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/learn-how-to-podcast.

Here In 2012, I had the honor of being a part of the launch of Michael Hyatt's “This Is Your Life” podcast which you can find here: http://michaelhyatt.com/thisisyourlife.

Also, in 2012, I was delighted to help Michael Stelzner, of Social Media Examiner launch his Social Media Marketing podcast. You can hear him talk about what he calls “the renaissance of podcasting” here: http://gspn.tv/StelznerOnPodcasting.

I could go on, sharing examples, but these three folks are highly influential thought leaders in each of their respective fields. It's folks like these, and their podcasts, that are finally bringing podcasting into the mainstream.

Just one year ago, I published my free Learn How To Podcast Tutorial and the first video already has over 23,000 views.

As you can imagine, 2013 is going to be an exciting year for me as I pursue my mission to help as many people as possible launch podcasts to help get their life-changing message out into the world.

Since March of 2011, I've completed eight sessions of my Podcasting A to Z course, helping more than 150 people launch successful podcasts. My next course starts on January 14th and I woud love to help you launch your podcast in the new year!

Everyone who signs up for Podcasting A to Z gets immediate access to all the training materials. I've had students who launched their podcast within the first week of the course as a result of this. Sign up using discount code “PAM” in the shopping cart and you'll save $100.

To learn all that is included in this four week course and to reserve your spot in the next session, please go to http://PodcastingAtoZ.com.

Already Have A Podcast?
I have had many existing podcasters sign up to go through the Podcasting A to Z course. My one-on-one coaching/consulting schedule is currently booked through March, 2013. Many folks have signed up and gone through the course simply due to the fact that they get UNLIMITED ACCESS to ask me any questions that they want for a total of four weeks, they get four weekly group coaching calls, and access to all the tutorials that will help them take their existing show to a whole new level.

If you use discount code “PAM” in the shopping cart, the cost of this course is $899. That's less than three hours of one-on-one coaching with me. So if you already have an existing podcast, go ahead and head over to http://PodcastingAtoZ.com and register today. Let's take your existing podcast to a whole new level in 2013!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all!

 
New Media Expo
New Media Expo (NMX) is coming up in just three weeks! The event is held in Las Vegas from January 6th – 8th. Be sure to use the promo code GSPN20 to get 20% off. If you are a podcaster, you simply must make it to NMX in January.

 
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When placing an order through my affiliate link, you end up paying the same low price and I earn a generous commission. If you have used my affiliate link to make a purchase with B&H, please leave me a comment with your name and a link to your website in the comments section below.

 
Blue Host Affiliate Signup
BlueHostI want to send out a special word of thanks to the folks behind the following domains that were used to create a new hosting account with BlueHost with my Blue Host affiliate link recently. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you!

Accounts that were created recently:
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http://AmericanDoctorPodcast.com
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Note: The fact that I have linked to these accounts is only to acknowledge that these folks have used my affiliate link to create a hosting account with BlueHost. These links are not an endorsement of any content that may be posted to these sites. If you ever recognize content blatantly offensive at any of these links, please let me know and I will be sure to evaluate and consider if the link should be removed from this post. These accounts are all brand new and may not be active yet. Also, it is possible that some of these domains were previously owned and may not have been transferred to BlueHost just yet.


 
The Podcast Mastermind
One of the reasons that I love working with podcasters so much is due to the fact that they are influencing someone every single time they produce a podcast episode. The world needs great leaders! I believe that podcasters who take their leadership position seriously can make a positive difference in the lives of others. The world needs you and your message! They need you to be a leader!

Many people ask me how to grow the audience of their podcast. I believe that one of the best things you can do is to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! To take yourself seriously! To consider yourself to be a professional!

Are you willing to invest in your future success?
Are you willing to be the greatest leader you can be?
Are you wiling to commit to your personal and professional growth?

If so, please consider joining The Podcast Mastermind!

 
Free Month of Media Hosting With Libsyn!
Because of all the years of sending clients to sign up for accounts with Libsyn, they have created an affilate program only given to a hand selected group of podcasting experts. I'm delighted that I am now able to offer your ONE MONTH FREE when you sign up for a new account with Libsyn. Simply use promo code GSPN when you sign up! For my complete thoughts on podcast hosting, click here.
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I am so incredibly thankful to those who have recently gone into my listing in iTunes to provide a five start rating and a written review of Podcast Answer Man.

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