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Podcast Basics

This is a brief tutorial on creating an intro to a podcast using Audacity.

Saving and exporting: screen shot of Audacity

Saving & Exporting

Once you have everything the way you want it, you will want to save a version of your project that others can listen to.


In Audacity and most digital media applications, you will have a working file that allows you to continue to work on your project (File -> Save). This saved file will allow you to open your Audacity project with the tracks, effects, and everything where you last left them. In Audacity, the saved file format is an .aup3 file (Audacity Project). This .aup3 file contains everything you need to go back and edit your project later. Simply save this file to a flash drive, Google Drive, or email it to yourself to be able to open on a different computer later.

Previous Versions of Audacity

It's important to realize that previous Audacity versions use the .aup file format (note the lack of the '3' in the file extension). This older file format will point to other files that are also created when you save which allow you to continue editing. If you will be using the same computer for all of your editing, those other files will automatically be found by Audacity.

If you use multiple computers, you will need to keep copies of the .aup file as well as the data directory (folder). My project is called 'test,' so I will want to save my test.aup file as well as the test_data folder to my Google Drive account if I'm working on multiple computers. They are both found in the Audacity folder.

The Audacity project files can only be opened in Audacity. If you email someone the .aup file, they will not be able to listen to it without opening it in Audacity (and will also need the the data folder).


If I want to have a copy of the finished project that can be played on any audio player, you will want to export your project (File -> Export). There are many export options, but Export to WAV and Export to MP3 are the most useful options. Most audio players and devices can play both WAV and MP3 files. If you want to archive a high quality lossless format, you can choose File -> Export Audio... to select from a wide range of format options. Some podcast hosting services may require a specific format and you can export or convert audio files to most any format with Audacity.