The automatic conversion of files to the mono MP3 format is another aspect of BuzzSprout which has received both praise and criticism. While many podcasters are happy about the fact that it saves time, others think it might be too much of a hassle.
In this section, I’ll discuss what happens when you upload a file to Buzzsprout, and why it can potentially be useful.
Whenever you’re uploading an audio clip to the Buzzsprout system, it will automatically convert the file into a mono MP3 file. This means that whenever you publish a podcast episode, you won’t have to do anything else except add metadata, schedule and publish.
Also, you’ll be assigned an average bitrate of 96kbps.
Now, there’s both a positive side to this and a potential downside. On the plus side, you don’t have to worry about changing the file once it’s been uploaded. However, there’s always the risk that you could lose quality in the process.
For those podcasters familiar with sound editing, any change made to the master file is considered blasphemous. If you want to maintain the highest quality possible, you must use the original file.
When you start recording, Buzzsprout will ask you to pick a theme. Once you’ve done that, you can begin talking. When you finish, press the red Record button.
Afterwards, you’ll notice that Buzzsprout added several fields to the end of the file. They include the date and time of the recording, the length of the episode, and the number of times the file has been downloaded.