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<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/mic.jpg” />If you don’t want to lug your laptop around with you everywhere, and are looking for an easy solution for podcasting on the go, you don’t need to look any further than your cell phone. If you want to know how you make a podcast with your mobile phone, there are free apps available for both iPhones and Android phones, and failing all else, you can call in your podcasts from any cell phone using your own personal access code.
Each of these apps makes it easy to automatically share your content on a variety of social networking sites, blogging sites, and even on iTunes. With time limits ranging from 3 to 60 minutes, to no limit at all, complete control over the recording process, with pause, resume and playback capabilities, as well as the ability to save your recording for later upload, these applications have left nothing out when it comes to putting together a professional podcast.
Cinch [iTunes link], an iPhone only app, allows you to connect your account immediately to Facebook or Twitter, using either of those services to log in. You can also sign up for a Cinch account if you prefer.
Cinch is unique in that it does not impose any limit at all on the length of your recording – but they do encourage you to keep it short and sweet. However, the lack of a limit does make Cinch the ideal choice for serious podcasters.
Recording using Cinch is, forgive the pun, a cinch. You can pause and resume as you record, playback your recordings before publishing them, and add a title and photo to each recording. You can also record the podcast, close the application, and upload it later when you have access to a wireless connection, which can prove useful when conducting interviews when you’re out and about.
Cinch also has its own community, where you can browse other people’s recordings either directly on your iPhone or on their website. You can also follow other users, and their podcasts will be available under the ‘My Content‘ tab on your iPhone. One interesting feature available in Cinch is the ability to comment on other user’s posts, by recording your very own response.
Sharing with other social networking sites is limited to Facebook and Twitter, and you can set Cinch up to publish to either of these networks automatically, provided you have authorized them by connecting to your account.
Cinch provides a US number for those who would like to call in their mini-podcasts rather than use the iPhone app, and recordings can also be made directly on their website..
Launching the ipadio iPhone app [iTunes link] for the first time, you will be prompted to register for a free account. The information that they require includes your country of residence and your phone number, to allow you to call in podcasts as well, if you prefer.
ipadio is limited to recordings of up to 60 minutes, making it another ideal option for the serious podcaster who needs an on-the-go solution. You can also record the podcast, close the application, and upload it later when you have access to a wireless connection.
Learning how to make a podcast with ipadio is simple. You are given a 3-second countdown before it begins to record, after which you can pause and resume recording as you need to. The record screen displays a counter and the size of the file. You are also able to playback your recording before uploading it.
Once the file is ready for upload, you can add a title, tags and a description, and four accompanying photos. You can also choose, on a case-by-case basis, whether or not you would like geotag each podcast. All of your recordings will be available for playback on your iPhone, where you can also delete them.
Once you’ve registered on your iPhone – you are able to log in using your phone number and provided pin number on the ipadio website. From there, you can access all of your podcasts.
ipadio makes sharing your podcasts easy by allowing you to connect your account to a variety of blogging and social networking sites including Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, WordPress and Posterous. If you publish your podcast on iTunes, you can also link your ipadio recordings directly to your iTunes account.
If you would rather call in your podcast, you can call in the UK number provided. From your iPhone, clicking on ‘Live Phonecast‘ will automatically close the app and dial the UK number to call in your recording.
ipadio also has its very own community, where you can find other like-minded podcasters to follow. Playback on the iPhone is limited to the latest podcasts, but from their website, you can explore the latest recordings, explore by tags, or perform a search.
iPadio is also available for Android phones, as Ryan recently wrote about, and recordings can also be made directly on their website.
AudioBoo [iTunes link] is a popular podcasting app but it limits you to recordings of up to three minutes long. This is certainly a drawback for the more vociferous podcaster, but you’d be surprised how much you can say in three minutes.
Logging in on your iPhone for the first time, you can link AudioBoo to your Twitter account, or alternatively, you can create a new AudioBoo account.
Like recording on ipadio, after a 3 second countdown, you can start recording, after which you can pause and resume as you need to. You can also playback your recording before uploading it. AudioBoo allows you to record the podcast, close the application, and resume recording later, as well as upload it when you have access to a wireless connection.
Once the recording is ready for upload, you can add a title, picture, tags and a description. You can also choose whether or not to geotag your podcasts under the Account tab.
Like both previous apps, AudioBoo has its own inbuilt community, and you can listen to and follow other people’s ‘Boos.’ The recordings can be displayed on your iPhone by location, popularity, by date, or you can listen to the featured recordings.
Logging into your account from the website, gives you the opportunity to alter the settings on your account. You can automatically share your recordings on Twitter, Facebook, Posterous, FriendFeed and Tumblr.
You can also enter your Google Analytics ID if you would like to view statistics on visitors who are listening to your podcasts.
AudioBoo also has a UK call in number for people who want to phone in their podcasts. Call their UK number from the phone you will be using to record your podcasts, and it will provide you with an access code and the instructions to set up your call in podcasts.
AudioBoo is also available for Android phones, and recordings can also be made directly on their website.
How do you record podcasts when you’re on the go? Let us know in the comments.