416 – My New Favorite iPad App For Playing Sound Clips & Why I Advise Against Doing A Daily Format

iJingle Pro – Play All Your Audio Clips From Your IPad
iJingleLogoAfter many years of searching, I have finally found a solution for playing audio clips and jingles from my iPad. Actually, I have Fr. Roderick Vonhogen to thank for introducing me to the iJingle Pro App for the iPad.

Yes, there have already been a number of iOS apps that were designed to do this. However, my experience has been that most of them have suffered from one, or more, of the following three issues.

1) There is a slight delay between when you press the button and when the audio clip actually starts playing.

2) Getting audio clips from your computer to the iPad app is simply too complicated and/or time consuming.

3) The application simply has a terrible and/or ugly user interface.

Well I'm happy to say that the iJingle Pro has overcome all three of these core issues.

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First, the app pre-loads the audio clips into the iPad's memory when the app is running so that it will “instantly” play the audio clip the second that you press the button assigned to that clip.

Second, the app has DropBox integration. I simply created an “audio clips” folder in my DropBox account. I drop my audio files in that folder and it is simply a breeze to pull them in from DropBox right inside the app.

Third, the app is beautifully designed, it looks elegant and it is feature rich.

Simply put, I  feel that this is the best designed app of its kind.

iJingle Pro is currently priced at $10.99 in the App Store and worth every single penny, and then some. I now use this application for playing all audio clips in my all of my own podcast productions.

Note: There is a slight learning curve that comes with using this app.  It is not immediately clear how you get the audio clips from DropBox to display within the columns of buttons in the app.  However, once I was able to figure it out, it is now a breeze to load new audio clips. 

I recently made a step by step tutorial for my Podcasting A to Z students that shows the basics of how the i-Jingle Pro app works.

I've made decision to go ahead and share this tutorial here on my site as well.

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Why Do I Advise Against A Daily Format? (Starts at 00:14:12)

One of the students in my current session of Podcasting A to Z asked the following question…

Cliff, I have heard all about being in New and Noteworthy in iTunes as a way to get noticed by people and that iTunes tends to rank your podcast based on downloads. It would seem to me that shorter, more frequent episodes, would help me rank higher in iTunes. I know you don't concentrate on numbers and I don't plan to either but getting found is half the battle and it seems like this might be a good strategy towards that goal.

I also know that the podcasts I love to listen to, I wish were produced more frequently and sometimes I wish they were shorter. I wish I had new content from Amy Porterfield every day.

Sometimes, I need to listen to Podcast Answer Man or Pursuing A Balanced Life with many interruptions as I squeeze in 15 minutes when I shower, 15 minutes when I walk the dog, 15 minutes while I drive to work, etc.

Obviously, these are my personal experiences but I am an ordinary guy and imagine there are many people just like me. I figured that if I produce an hour to an hour and fifteen minute show once a week, why not split it into 5 pieces and give content in smaller bites all week long? Ultimately, I trust your opinion (which is why I am in this class!) and will follow your guidance but I wanted to share my logic and see what you thought of these points.

I shared my full response to this student's question in this episode of Podcast Answer Man. The topic starts at 14 minutes and 12 seconds into the episode.

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312 Do You Take Advertisers On Your Podcast And So Much More!

Do You Take Ads On Your Site Or Podcast?takeads
In this week's episode, I focus a great amount of time answering many questions that have come in on the voice mail feedback hotline.

One of the questions that seemed to get the most time was whether or not I take on advertising on my website or in my podcast episodes. I share my thoughts as to why I've turned down offers of $1,000 per episode for sponsorship offers of Podcast Answer Man. I also share just how important relationships are to me when it comes to deciding what I choose to promote to my audience.

Here's a list of questions that I answered in the episode. I've also provided you the time stamp of where each question can be found in the episode.

00:04:48 What sound board app do you recommend?
00:13:53 Why do I have missing episodes in iTunes?
00:20:02 Do you take advertising on your site or podcast?
00:35:00 How can I remove some of these background noises?
00:38:35 Do you sound proof your studio space?
00:48:19 I heard Feedburner may go away, what should I do?
00:54:33 How can I set up password protected feeds?

Links mentioned in this episode:
Sound Byte Desktop Application
Sound Byte iOS Application
Interview With Mike & Izabela Russell
Audio Branding With Music Radio Creative
Nanacast
Blog Post On Web Hosting
Podcasting A to Z

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