updated 05:55 pm EST, Mon February 13, 2006
Podcasting may be easy, but users will spend a lot to create them. A new column describes how to create a podcast, but concludes that if it is to be a relatively "easy" task, it will also be an expensive one. Using a 20-inch iMac, GarageBand, a Snowball microphone, and a .Mac account, Eric Convey of the Boston Herald created an audio podcast in orer to determine the feasibility of the process for the average computer user. Convey noted that while the process is relatively simple, the cost is not small: the iMac costs $1,300-1,700, the microphone $150, and a .Mac account is $100 per year. iTunes was also noted as an alternative to a .Mac account, which would provide a simpler method for users to download the podcasts, and would be free to the podcaster.