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There's now an easy way to make your own podcast for free — and it all starts with holding your phone up to your ear

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Making a professional-sounding podcast isn't easy.
Most podcasting how-to guides recommend investing in equipment like microphones, audio-editing software, and portable recorders, not to mention a computer. From there, you'll need to learn a set of new software programs and then hunt down a place to host and distribute your podcast.
If you aren't technologically savvy, setting off to create an audio show might sound a little nightmarish.
Mike Mignano, the co-founder and CEO of Anchor, thought so, too, which is why he created a tool to make the podcast creation process not only easy, but completely free. The only technology you'll need is your phone and Anchor's app (available on both iOS and Android). Not only does the app provide a way to record yourself, it has all the tools with which to seamlessly splice together a phone conversation, musical recordings, sound effects, and more. When you're ready to publish your new audio show, you can easily distribute it from the app to platforms with ready-made audiences like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Overcast, and Stitcher.
Here's how to use Anchor:

Here's what Anchor looks like when you open the app.

Here's what Anchor looks like when you open the app.play
Here's what Anchor looks like when you open the app.
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Just hold your phone up to your ear like you're taking a phone call, and you're ready to record.

Just hold your phone up to your ear like you're taking a phone call, and you're ready to record.play
Just hold your phone up to your ear like you're taking a phone call, and you're ready to record.
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Hit any of the bottom buttons to splice in a song, another recording snippet, a phone conversation, or a sound effect.

Hit any of the bottom buttons to splice in a song, another recording snippet, a phone conversation, or a sound effect.play
Hit any of the bottom buttons to splice in a song, another recording snippet, a phone conversation, or a sound effect.
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The app let's you record live phone conversations with up to 10 people.

The app let's you record live phone conversations with up to 10 people.play
The app let's you record live phone conversations with up to 10 people.
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Want to add music? Anchor integrates with both iTunes and Spotify, so you can easily add full audio tracks in your recording.

Want to add music? Anchor integrates with both iTunes and Spotify, so you can easily add full audio tracks in your recording.play
Want to add music? Anchor integrates with both iTunes and Spotify, so you can easily add full audio tracks in your recording.
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From there, you can move different sound bytes around and edit as you see fit. Your finished podcast might look something like this:

From there, you can move different sound bytes around and edit as you see fit. Your finished podcast might look something like this:play
From there, you can move different sound bytes around and edit as you see fit. Your finished podcast might look something like this:
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When you're ready to publish, you can distribute your podcast with the click of a button.

When you're ready to publish, you can distribute your podcast with the click of a button.play
When you're ready to publish, you can distribute your podcast with the click of a button.
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From here, your podcast is distributed on platforms like Spotify, Google Play, and Apple Podcasts (iTunes).

From here, your podcast is distributed on platforms like Spotify, Google Play, and Apple Podcasts (iTunes).play
From here, your podcast is distributed on platforms like Spotify, Google Play, and Apple Podcasts (iTunes).
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Prefer to work off your laptop? Anchor's website, anchor.fm, works exactly like its app.

Prefer to work off your laptop? Anchor's website, anchor.fm, works exactly like its app.play
Prefer to work off your laptop? Anchor's website, anchor.fm, works exactly like its app.
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Here's what your podcast creation process on a desktop might look like:

Here's what your podcast creation process on a desktop might look like:play
Here's what your podcast creation process on a desktop might look like:
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Anchor can provide insight into how your podcast is performing, as well. Here, you can see the number of engagements for a given episode, as well as how it's performing over a period of time.

Anchor can provide insight into how your podcast is performing, as well. Here, you can see the number of engagements for a given episode, as well as how it's performing over a period of time.play
Anchor can provide insight into how your podcast is performing, as well. Here, you can see the number of engagements for a given episode, as well as how it's performing over a period of time.
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Anchor also has its own listening platform built in, so that you can discover new podcasts and provide listener feedback with the "applaud" button.

Anchor also has its own listening platform built in, so that you can discover new podcasts and provide listener feedback with the "applaud" button.play
Anchor also has its own listening platform built in, so that you can discover new podcasts and provide listener feedback with the "applaud" button.
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