I've been making podcasts for many years and, at one point, was one of about 200 podcasters on the planet (back in the day). Making a podcast using, say, Audacity, never seemed very difficult, but as my carpenter is fond of saying: "It's easy...if you know how to do it." But since I went MAC this summer, GarageBand has been my great discovery and 14 and 15 year olders have become my new consultants (seriously). With GB you can not only make podcasts easily, but you can make real, real cool podcasts which sound as good as (sometimes even better) than on-air radio programs. I just posted my first podcast using GB about a week ago and already I'm chopping at the bit to re-do the production now that I have another week of GB experience under my belt.
But all this raises and important academic technology question: Why not have professors produce radio programs using GB for their classes? Students can become the production team. Why should we leave it to groups like RadioLab to make cool educational radio programs (although I must say RadioLab is way cool) when we could be creating similar products at the level of the college or University (or high school or elementary school for that matter)? At one point we bloggers and podcasters proudly announced "We are the Media" and now it's time for academics to call out "we are the academic technologists."
And now that I've upset some, I'll risk further embarrassment my posting my first "ringtone" I produced using GB (while making breakfast a couple of weeks ago):