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August 09, 2005

NASA Posts First In-Orbit Podcast

"As we wait for the space shuttle to return safely to earth ...

"We can listen to the first podcast from space, recorded on Sunday."

Neville Hobson. First Podcast From Space. WebProNews.com. Aug. 8, 2005.

See also:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Steve Robinson: First Podcaster From Space. Aug. 7, 2005.

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August 08, 2005

IBM Embodies Corporate Podcasting

"IBM is the latest major company to embrace podcasting, the digital audio craze that allows consumers to take audio programming off the Web and listen to it on portable music players.

"The world's largest computer company said on Friday it plans to introduce a series of occasional podcasts on its investor relations site as part of a broader effort to communicate directly to its investors and the wider public about hot topics."

Editor's note IBM's System & Technology Group offers podcasts with updates on key business and IT topics.

Eric Auchard. IBM Joins Podcast Craze With Audio Think-Pieces. Reuters. Aug. 5, 2005.

IBM. IBM To Start ''IBM and The Future Of ...'' Podcasts on Investor Web Site. (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

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August 01, 2005

Apple Mainstreams Podcasting

"Ever since Steve Jobs returned to Apple Computer in 1997 after a 12-year absence, his company has thrived by executing the same essential formula over and over: Find an exciting new technology whose complexity and cost keep it out of the average person's life. Streamline it, mainstream it, strip away the geeky options. Take the credit.

"So far, Apple has worked this kind of magic on digital video editing, wireless networking, online music selling, RSS feeds (a kind of Web site subscription) and other technologies.

"Its latest attempt, however, will be music to an awful lot of ears. With its release of the free iTunes 4.9 software for Mac and Windows, Apple has just mainstreamed podcasting."

David Pogue. In One Stroke, Podcasting Hits Mainstream. News.com. July 31, 2005.

See also:
Ina Fried. New iTunes Hints at Coming Cell Phone Support. News.com. June 28, 2005.

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July 21, 2005

Study: Many Internet Users Unfamiliar With Buzzwords

"A new data brief from the Pew Internet & American Life project titled: The average American internet user is not sure what podcasting is, what an RSS feed does, or what the term 'phishing' means, looks at the results of a just completed survey."

Gary Price. Survey Results Show Most Americans Have No Clue About RSS. SearchEngineWatch. July 20, 2005.

Lee Rainie. The Average American Internet User is Not Sure What Podcasting is, What an RSS Feed Eoes, or What the Term "Phishing" Means. Pew Internet & American Life Project. July 2005.

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Pirates Digitize New Harry Potter Book

"The latest Harry Potter tome was not released as an ebook because of fears over piracy - a plan as cunning as any of Baldrick's.

"Unfortunately some committed fans/pesky pirates immediately scanned the book on its release last weekend and used optical recognition software to digitise the text. Copies were then proof-read, not very well from the bits we've seen, before being released.

John Oates. Harry Potter Hit by Pesky Pirates. The Register. July 20, 2005.

See also:
TeleRead. Illegal But Beautifully Read: Net.radio Performance of New Harry Potter Book. July 17, 2005.

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July 18, 2005

Podcasting Attracts Major Media Companies

"The runaway popularity of blogging, which has turned everyday people into online news outlets, caught the media establishment off guard.

"The industry is trying not to make the same mistake with podcasting which lets nearly anyone 'broadcast' on the Internet.

"While profits remain elusive, there's a bigger prize out there the company that manages to become the go-to Web site for podcasts could gain enough leverage to strike favorable deals with proven content providers, and generate cash by charging for subscriptions and advertising."

Associated Press. Podcasting Spurs a Media 'Land Grab'. ABC News. July 16, 2005.

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Multi-Purpose Software for iPod

"Accessories for the iPod are plentiful, and now there's software to make the portable music player even more versatile.

"Roxio's The Boom Box ($50, Mac only) includes five applications that reportedly can do a lot. Windows PC owners, read on because there probably is, or will be, similar software for you, too. Let's take a look."

Linda Knapp. Spice up Your iPod with Extra Applications. Seattle Times. July 16, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Roxio's software suite.

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July 16, 2005

Clear Channel Sees Potential in Podcasts

"The San Antonio, Texas-based radio giant, Clear Channel Communications, the nation's largest with more than 1,200 stations, says the new medium has potential, both as a way to expand its reach and as a possible new source of revenue.

"Thousands of amateurs are getting into the act, with various talk and music formats, and Clear Channel is betting that its expertise in radio gives it a chance to put a large footprint on the new medium."

David B. Wilkerson. Clear Channel: Potential for Podcasts. MarketWatch. July 15, 2005.

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July 15, 2005

Sony Slices Into iPod's Market in Japan

"Don't call it a comeback yet, but Sony Corp. has a new lineup of digital music players that are slicing into the popularity of Apple Computer's iPod device in Japan.

"While Apple remains the top seller of hard drive players in Japan, there has been a decisive momentum swing in the Japanese market, with Sony securing the top position for memory-type players in both May and June, knocking Apple and its iPod shuffle device into second place."

Nathan Layne. Sony Takes Bite Out Of Apple's iPod in Japan. Reuters. July 14, 2005.

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July 13, 2005

Mark Cuban Offers Podcasting Advice

"The man who became a billionaire capitalizing on the Internet's ability to deliver radio programs has some advice for the thousands of people producing podcasts: Trying to make a business out of it is a mistake.

"In comments on his Web log, Mark Cuban, the founder of Audionet - which he sold for $6 billion - says all the enthusiasm about podcasting is déjá vu from 1996."

Frank Barnako. Mark Cuban: Been There, Heard That. MarketWatch. July 11, 2005.

See also:
Blog Maverick. Podcasting. July 8, 2005.

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CBS to Extend Online Reach

"CBSNews.com announced a major Web site expansion today. With it come expanded ad opportunities that capitalize on broadband, incorporate other CBS broadcast and Web properties, and will eventually involve both text and video RSS feeds, as well as podcasts.

"Andrew Heyward, president of CBS News, said the company had successfully 'placed a bet early on ad-supported video' which has paid off for the network.

"The new site's aim is to reach the 45 million-strong audience of affluent, at-work broadband users, many of whom are in a younger demographic than CBS' broadcast viewers."

Rebecca Lieb. CBSNews.com Launches Far-Reaching Ad Network. ClickZNews. July 12, 2005.

See also:
Susan Kuchinskas. TV Moves to the Internet. InternetNews.com. July 12, 2005.

David Bauder. CBS News Revamps Web Site as 24-hr Network. SeattlePI.com. July 12, 2005.

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July 08, 2005

High Tech Investors Launch VC Fund for RSS

"A group of investors has created a venture capital fund to raise $100 million to fund start-ups and others developing technology based on the RSS Web publishing format.

"RSS Investors, based in Cambridge, Mass., was formed last week to target the relatively new but fast-growing technology, with particular areas of interest being news aggregation, blogs, new classes of search engines and data aggregation in the financial and medical industries.

"The technology, which is quickly becoming mainstream, enables anyone to become a global online publisher and is changing the way people get information off the Web, said Jim Moore, a founding partner at RSS Investors."

Elinor Mills. RSS Lures Venture Capital Dollars. ZDNet. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Benjamin Pimentel. VC Group to Fund RSS Firms. San Francisco Chronicle. July 6, 2005.

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Podcasting Poised for Big Future

"Market researchers and analysts continue to buoy up podcasting's future with latest figures suggesting a US audience alone of 56 million by 2010.

"Podcasts, which are only a year old, are online audio shows by amateurs and professionals which can be sent automatically to digital music players.

"The predictions also match those for growing digital music player sales."

BBC News. Podcasting Set for 'Huge Growth'. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Jack Kapica. Podcasting Audience to Skyrocket: Study. Globe & Mail. July 6, 2005.

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July 07, 2005

Vast Opportunities for Podcasting

"The word is barely a year old, and already it seems 2005 is the year of the podcast. The marriage of portable audio players and radio broadcasting, podcasting is a kind of radio on demand. People can download audio files from the Internet and listen to them at their leisure from their iPods or other devices. Last week, Apple released its new version of software for the iPod, which includes a directory of podcasts available for download.

"Most downloads are currently free, and advertisers are just beginning to find ways to sponsor them. Even if podcasting is not yet profitable, it is finding its way into many parts of society. The opportunities are vast."

Megan Barnett. Tech Trends: Podcasting Hits the Mainstream. USNews.com. July 5, 2005.

See also:
Podcast Users Expected To Reach 60 Million In Five Years. InformationWeek. July 5, 2005.

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July 06, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Gives SLA Virtual Presentation

K. Matthew Dames, managing partner of Seso Group Digital Information Advisors and the executive editor of SNTReport.com and Search & Text Mining Report, is this month's speaker for SLA's Virtual Seminar series. Dames will present a two-part series on digital collaboration projects for information professionals, with the first live session being Webcast at 2:00 EST on July 6. and the second live session being Webcast at 2:00 EST on July 20.

Attendance & Registration
Want to view Dames' presentation live? Check the SLA Virtual Seminar page for more information. If you have any additional questions, e-mail SLA at learning@sla.org or call the Professional Development Center at (703) 647-4925.

This session will be taped and available for viewing within one week of the Webcast.

Description
Whatever you call it – digital collaboration, social software, social networking – working across the Web is about more than technology or devices. Ultimately, it is about developing a community of practice where people readily share their information and knowledge, regardless of distance.

Many clients and end-users will suggest that the trend toward using digital collaboration lessens the need for librarians and other information professionals. Instead, the opposite is true: online information sharing increases the need for librarians as facilitators, researchers, and knowledge managers. With some work and initiative, technology-savvy Info Pros can position themselves inside their organizations as critically important team members at a time when their value is being questioned.

This two-part series looks at the tools and issues involved in creating an effective digital collaboration environment, and shares some ideas on how best to establish a digital collaboration initiative within an organization. The first part of the series, part of SLA's Virtual Learning Series, will explain the tools and terminology of digital collaboration, and how different organizations are using these tools to improve productivity and knowledge sharing.

Slides
K. Matthew Dames. Digital Collaboration: Tools & Terms. (.pdf, 2.7 MB) July 6, 2005.

Webliography
Covad. "The Ringing" (Flash movie; Flash Player required.)

Salesforce.com: Hosted customer relationship management tool, with contact management, marketing campaign budgeting and analysis, and mobile and wireless capability.

Bloglines: Hosted RSS and news aggregator.

37Signals: Developer of several hosted business tools, including Backpack (a collaborative online planner and to-do list), and the highly regarded Basecamp (hosted project management application).

Thomas Bleha. Down to the Wire. Foreign Affairs. May/June 2005. ("Once a leader in Internet innovation, the United States has fallen far behind Japan and other Asian states in deploying broadband and the latest mobile-phone technology.")

Heather Green and Robert D. Hof. Picking Up Where Search Leaves Off. BusinessWeek Online. April 11, 2005. ("The time-saving trend of "tagging" is luring legions of Web surfers -- and Yahoo! ")

Daniel Terdiman. Folksonomies Tap People Power. Wired News. Feb. 1, 2005. ("The job of tags isn't to organize all the world's information into tidy categories. It's to add value to the giant piles of data that are already out there.")

Technorati: A blog index.

SNTReport.com: Seso Group LLC publication that finds, filters, summarizes important digital collaboration news six days each week.

Search & Text Mining Report: Seso Group LLC publication that finds, filters, summarizes important news about the business, technology, and law of search and search engines. Published five days each week.

Micro Persuasion: Blog of public relations executive Steve Rubel.

GM FastLane: "The FastLane blog is where you can come to read the latest, greatest musings of GM leaders on topics relevant to the company, the industry and the global economy, and -- most of all -- to our customers and other car enthusiasts."

Charlene Li. Blogging: Bubble or Big Deal? Forrester Research. Nov. 5, 2004.

Mark Pilgrim. What Is RSS? O'Reilly XML.com. Dec. 18, 2002.

Jeff Tyson. How Instant Messaging Works. HowStuffWorks. No date.

Robert Kaye. Next-Generation File Sharing with Social Networks. O'Reilly Open P2P. March 5, 2004.

Miriam Rainsford. A Musician's Take on File Sharing, DRM, and Copyleft Licensing. O'Reilly Open P2P. June 10, 2003.

Wikipedia. Founded in 2001, Wikipedia bills itself as "the free-content encyclopedia that anyone can edit."

JotSpot: A Wiki web application development through a " Microsoft Word style editing" interface. For a demonstration of JotSpot's capabilities, please see Jon Udell's Flash movie. (Flash Player required.)

Federal Communications Commission. Voice Over Internet Protocol: Frequently Asked Questions. May 24, 2005.

vSkype: Skype plugin that allows users to see who they are talking to while sharing applications, spreadsheets or photos in real time. (Windows only)

IPDrum. Its IPdrum Mobile Cable connects Skype to a mobile telephone via the mobile telephone network - allowing Skype users true mobility and worldwide calling for local rates.

Heather Wilson. Gaming for Librarians: An Introduction. (.pdf) VOYA. February 2005.

K. Matthew Dames. Commentary on New iTunes Cell Phone. SNTReport.com. July 5, 2005.

Fred Vogelstein. Gates vs. Google: Search and Destroy. Fortune. May 2, 2005. ("Bill Gates is on a mission to build a Google killer. What got him so riled? The darling of search is moving into software—and that's Microsoft's turf.")

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Outlook for Podcast Advertising

"Apple's integration of podcasting into its iTunes software has propelled the grassroots movement into the mainstream, but marketers say there are challenges to overcome before ad dollars begin pouring into podcasters' pockets.

"Among those challenges are finding ways of measuring listening and of efficiently buying ads on a medium that has so far been made up of small, fragmented audiences.

"Since podcasting uses RSS feeds for distribution -- the same mechanism popularized by blogs -- FeedBurner and other RSS-centric technology companies are at the forefront of helping podcasters build the format into a monetizable business. FeedBurner's technology measures the number of people who are subscribed to a blog's feed, reading the content of a post, or clicking through on any links. It is applying the same technology to podcasts."

Kevin Newcomb. Podcasting Ads Face Challenges. ClickZNews. July 5, 2005.

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July 01, 2005

Grokster's Impact on Podcasting

"Apple's new podcasting service could be in a sticky situation if podcasters post copyrighted material, thanks to Monday's Grokster decision by the Supreme Court, some experts say. But others suggested Apple's new podcast hub could prove to be an ideal one-stop-shop for securing music licenses for homebrew radio shows.

"Podcasters may not include unauthorized copyright material in their broadcasts, and Apple will reportedly monitor podcasts for infringing material, according to the Guardian. Apple also provides a complaint form on the iTMS to notify the company of any copyright violations.

"But with the unanimous Supreme Court decision in the MGM Studios v. Grokster case, companies can now be sued if they encourage users of their technology to infringe copyrights."

Katie Dean. Grokster May Haunt Podcasting. Wired News. June 29, 2005.

See also:

Bobbie Johnson. iPods get Colour, Podcasts. Guardian Unlimited Online Blog. June 28, 2005.

Katie Dean. Grokster Loss Sucks for Tech. Wired News. June 27, 2005.

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Blinkx Unveils Podcast Search Tool

"Search provider blinkx on Wednesday debuted a service to find podcasts and video blogs across the web, addressing the rapid proliferation of these new forms of content.

"blinkx has already introduced a search engine that finds video content, and the video blog and podcast search facilities add to its multimedia and desktop search capabilities. Users can also upload their own video blogs and podcasts to the search site.

"Like other companies, blinkx is recognizing the growing importance of podcasts as a way to bring their message to users of iPods and other portable MP3 players."

Red Herring. Blinkx Debuts Podcast Search. June 29, 2005.

See also:
Gary Price. Blinkx Now Offering Podcast Search. SearchEngineWatch. June 29, 2005.

Keith Regan. Blinkx Carves Out Niche With Podcast Search Tool. E-Commerce Times. June 29, 2005.

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June 29, 2005

Apple Launches iTunes 4.9 with Podcast Support

"Apple Computer today unveiled a new version of its iTunes music software and its companion online store to incorporate podcasts, a move that could bring this nascent form of personal broadcasting to a mainstream audience.

"The new iTunes contains a directory of more than 3,000 free audio programs with an eclectic mix of content, from MTV veejay Adam Curry's pioneering Daily Source Code to ESPN sports to programming from National Public Radio stations such as KCRW in Los Angeles.

"The software removes the technological hurdles that have kept podcasting a largely early-adopter phenomenon, making it easy for anyone to find and subscribe to a podcast. And every time there's a new episode, it's automatically downloaded to their Mac or PC and automatically synchronized to their iPod."

Dawn C. Chmielewski. Apple Puts Podcasting on New iTunes. San Jose Mercury News. June 28, 2005.

See also:
Charles Arthur. Apple Pushes Podcasts Through iTunes. The Register. June 28, 2005.

BBC News. Apple Brings Podcasts Into iTunes. June 28, 2005.

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June 27, 2005

Microsoft Integrates RSS Into Longhorn

"Microsoft's next version of its browser, Internet Explorer 7, will make it easier for people to keep automatically aware of website updates.

"IE7 will have an orange button on the toolbar which will light up when it detects a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed on a site.

"Users can click on a 'plus' button to subscribe to the site's feed, as they would with a bookmark."

Jo Twist. Microsoft Makes Web Feeds Easier. BBC News. June 24, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Microsoft Draws Cheers, Jeers over RSS in Longhorn. eWeek. June 24, 2005.

Harry McCracken. Microsoft: RSS Will Be Big in Longhorn. PCWorld. June 24, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Microsoft's support for RSS.

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June 25, 2005

Audible to Podcast N.Y. Times

"Digital audio publisher Audible plans to release podcasts of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the company's other periodic content via syndicated feeds.

"The podcasts--audio recordings that can be uploaded to an MP3 player--will be delivered through the Web publishing standard Really Simple Syndication, or RSS.

"Audible customers will be able to automatically schedule delivery of programming to their computers or to compatible handheld devices, the company said. Initially, the tool will be available only to Audible customers and content partners."

CNET News.com Staff. Audible to Offer New York Times Podcasts via RSS. News.com. June 24, 2005.

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June 24, 2005

Microsoft to Announce Additional RSS Support

"Microsoft plans to announce on Friday that it is expanding its support for the Web publishing standard Really Simple Syndication.

"Most typically, RSS is used by news publishers and bloggers to notify subscribers when new information has been posted. It is also used by podcasters to alert listeners to new available audio.

"Microsoft is proposing an extension to RSS that would allow it to better support ordered lists of information."

Ina Fried. Microsoft to Bolster RSS Support. News.com. June 23, 2005.

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June 21, 2005

Podcasts Come Early to iTunes

"A new company called BadFruit has anticipated Apple Computer's plans to add podcasting support to iTunes with a software plug-in called "BadApple" that does the trick itself.

"As yet, the programmers behind the BadFruit site are remaining anonymous, although several clues point to a corporate identity. Unlike most basement-hacker projects, the software comes with a sophisticated privacy policy and terms of use that may indicate bigger plans for the future.

"For now, the plug-in provides seamless access to hundreds of podcasts inside the iTunes shell, with downloads functioning in much the same way that the iTunes music store itself works."

John Borland. 'BadApple' Podcasts First in iTunes. ZDNet.com. June 20, 2005.

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June 20, 2005

Research Indicates Podcasting to Soar by 2010

"According to new forecasts from The Diffusion Group, a US-based consumer technology research consultancy, demand for time-shifted digital audio files - that's 'podcasts' to you and me - is expected to grow from less than 15% of portable digital music player owners in the US in 2004 to 75% by 2010.

"The firm says its new report Podcasting: Fact, Fiction and Opportunity - which costs a whopping $1,495.00! - suggests that between 2004 and 2010, the use of podcasting among US consumers will enjoy a compound annual growth rate of 101%."

NevOn. Ride the Podcasting Long Tail. June 17, 2005.

See also:
The Diffusion Group. Podcasting Users to Approach 60 Million US Consumers by 2010. June 15, 2005.

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June 17, 2005

Podcasters Seek Legal Compromise for Music

"On Sunday, Brian Ibbott will post his 100th 'Coverville' show, a significant milestone for a home disc jockey who is serious about the future of podcasting.

"But like other music disc jockeys producing podcasts, which are radio-like shows that can be downloaded from the Internet to a computer or digital music player, he has been operating with one foot squarely in a gray area of the law.

"Most of the cover songs he programs on his show are from independent labels and bands, from whom he usually seeks and gets permission. Even Warner Bros. Records gave him a green light once last month. Yet he posts a few songs from major labels without asking, lacking the time or resources to even track down the right people to ask."

John Borland. Hopes for Legal Music Podcasts Rise. News.com. June 16, 2005.

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June 13, 2005

Radio Stations Seek to Exploit Podcast Buzz

"Less than a year after podcasting caught the public imagination, the radio industry is beginning to wake up and smell the money.

"Earlier this month, talk-show host Rush Limbaugh began offering podcasts of his shows for $50 a year, and competitors like The Dr. Laura Schlessinger Program may follow his lead. Meanwhile, commercial and public radio stations are trying to figure out where they fit in the podsphere and how they can make a buck by filling up your MP3 player."

Randy Dotinga. Radio Sets Eyes on Podcast Profit. Wired News. June 11, 2005.

See also:
Antony Bruno. Podcasting Lures Wary Music Biz. Reuters. June 11, 2005.

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June 10, 2005

Roxio launches iPod Software Suite

"Digital media company Roxio is offering a software suite designed to let iPod owners fine-tune their song collections and other audio files.

"Boom Box, announced Thursday, comprises five applications, including some geared for people who want to tinker with more than just music. It's priced at $49.95.

"For those who want to delve into the trendy area of podcasting, the iPodderX application directs podcast subscriptions to a desktop from which those audio files can be transferred to Apple Computer's digital music device."

CNET News.com Staff. Roxio Software Targets iPod Users. News.com. June 9, 2005.

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June 08, 2005

BBC's 'Go Digital' to Podcast

"The BBC World Service's flagship technology radio programme, Go Digital, will be available as a podcast from today as presenter Gareth Mitchell explains."

BBC News. Go Digital Turns to Podcasting. June 6, 2005.

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June 07, 2005

Apple Promises Easier Podcasting

"Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs called podcasting 'the hottest thing going in radio' on Monday and promised to make it easier for audiophiles to create and distribute the digital recordings.

"At a technology conference on Monday, Jobs previewed iTunes version 4.9. The software allows users to click on and subscribe to different podcasts, then automatically delivers the shows to any connected iPod -- far less cumbersome than the third-party applications many listeners now need.

"The newest iTunes will include a directory of podcasts, and creators will be able to register their shows with Apple's iTunes Music Store."

Rachel Konrad. Apple Vows to Make Podcasting Easier. BusinessWeek Online. June 6, 2005.

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June 06, 2005

Filmaker Preserves Culture Via Podcasts

"A filmmaker who has been collecting digital artifacts for 25 years is amassing the world's largest collection of podcasts, though he has little interest in actually listening to them.

"Jason Scott, a 34-year-old documentary filmmaker from the Boston area, has saved and cataloged more than 340 GB of online amateur radio since he started in February.

"Scott is currently monitoring and archiving some 1,500 podcasters using a $300 computer running a handwritten script that automatically downloads audio files to cheap hard drives."

Ryan Singel. Collector's Trove of Podcasts. Wired News. June 2, 2005.

See also:
ASCII by Jason Scott. All of the Podcasts. Feb. 26, 2005.

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June 04, 2005

Newspapers Embrace Podcasting

"Desperate to reach a more mobile audience, some newspapers are turning to podcasting. A growing number now offer Internet radio programs, sending stories from their pages to iPods and other players."

National Public Radio. Papers Turn to Podcasting, the Newest of Media. All Things Considered. June 2, 2005.

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June 03, 2005

Thunderbird Update to Include Podcast Support

"Developers of the Mozilla Foundation's open-source e-mail client have added a podcasting feature to its arsenal and improved its defense against phishing attacks.

"The changes were highlighted Tuesday in a Mozilla blog that discussed modifications to the software before its upcoming 1.1 release. They are not available in the current 1.0.2 release.

"Thunderbird already supports RSS feeds as they are commonly used by blogs, but a new patch will deal with Podcast-type content by opening a dialog box through which the user can summon a helper application such as a Web browser or audio player."

Renai LeMay. Thunderbird Gets Podcasting Support. News.com. June 2, 2005.

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June 01, 2005

Times Online Offers RSS Feeds

"Times Online has become the latest national UK newspaper site to offer a free RSS news feed for readers.

"The Times site today introduced four feeds covering Britain, world, sport and business news, each offering 20 stories per day. More specialist news feeds will be introduced according to demand."

Jemima Kiss. Times Online Joins the Feeding Frenzy. Online Journalism News. May 31, 2005.

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BBC to Offer Beethoven Podcasts

"BBC Radio 3 is offering downloadable live performances of all of Beethoven's nine symphonies from next month, part of the corporation's Beethoven Experience.

"The symphonies, which were performed by the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will be available to download as MP3 files here from June 7."

Staff Brand Republic. Download to Joy as BBC offers Nine Beethoven Symphonies for Free. Digital Bulletin. May 27, 2005.

See also:
Clive Akass. BBC Offers Free Beethoven MP3 Recordings. VNunet.com. May 27, 2005.

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May 27, 2005

Odeo Aims to Become the Next Blogger

It's the paradox of podcasting. The new technology, designed to let average Joes and Janes create and distribute homemade radio programs over the Internet, is too difficult for the average person to use. Creating and distributing the podcasts -- while certainly easier than operating a radio station -- is no walk in the park either. So it's no surprise that the most popular podcasts so far are still aimed at the techie crowd, with names like IT Conversations and Daily Source Code.

Enter Evan Williams.

Burt Helm. His Mission: Simplify Podcasting. Business Week Online. May 24, 2005.

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Copyright Crashes Podcast Party

In April, Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl started podcasting his afternoon show from WCKG-FM. But within weeks, his station's parent company, Infinity Broadcasting, pulled the plug. A division of Viacom, Infinity says it wants to wait until it launches companywide podcast plans by yearend before going ahead with Dahl's project.

Bloggers across the Web speculated that Infinity closed down Dahl's podcast of talk and music in part because of potential copyright violations. The Recording Industry Association of America says that while it supports new technologies, podcasters need to obtain appropriate copyright permissions.

Cathy Yang and Burt Helm. Podcasters Hit the Copyright Wall. Business Week Online. May 25, 2005.

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JupiterResearch Extends Analyst Weblog to Podcast

"JupiterResearch has started its analysts podcasting. The research firm is seeking to court prospects and advance thought leadership with the launch of the digital audio program, 'JupiterResearch Conversations.' The podcasting play extends a two-year-old Weblog strategy, one of the first in corporate blogging."

Zachary Rodgers. Jupiter Analysts to Podcast. ClickZNews. May 26, 2005.

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May 26, 2005

NBC, ABC News Offer Podcasts

"ABC News and NBC News each plunged into the world of podcasting on Wednesday with plans to offer TV newscasts as on-demand audio programs over the Web.

"ABC News is now offering podcast versions of 'Good Morning America, 'Nightline' and other programs via ABC News.com. The network is also creating several podcast-only shows.

"For its part, NBC plans to start podcasting hourly news updates from select cable and network programs in June."

Alorie Gilbert. ABC, NBC News Launch News Podcasts. News.com. May 25, 2005.

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May 24, 2005

Jobs Promises Podcast Support in iTunes

"Apple Computer Inc. is working on a new update of its popular iTunes music software that will accommodate podcasts, Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said Sunday night.

"The new version of iTunes will let users of Apple's music management program and integrated online music store find and download podcasts, which are homemade radio-style shows that have become a grassroots phenomenon on the Internet.

"Jobs gave a preview of the software at D: All Things Digital, an annual technology conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. He later said the new version of iTunes won't be released for a 'few months.'

Benny Evangelista. Jobs Announces iTunes Will Accommodate Podcasts. San Francisco Chronicle. May 23, 2005.

See also:
Jim Louderback. Apple's Jobs Announces iTunes Podcast Support. eWeek. May 23, 2005.

Related:
John Shinal. The Shot Phoned Round the World. MarketWatch.com. May 23, 2005.

National Public Radio. Come One, Come All: The Rise of Podcasting. Morning Edition. May 23, 2005.

Bill Thompson. Podcasting Could be a Revolution. BBC News. May 20, 2005.

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New Online Tool to Record, Mix & Publish Podcasts

"Aspiring singers don't have to wait for next year's 'American Idol' tryouts to try to make a name for themselves.

"On Monday, GarageBand.comi unveiled a set of online tools designed to let people record, mix and publish their own songs via podcast or to license and distribute their music to podcasters.

"Using Podcast Studio, the musically inclined can upload their recordings and mix them with music from the GarageBand catalog. Once a new playlist is published, it will become available to listeners for streaming, download and subscription from GarageBand's servers."

Dinesh C. Sharma. GarageBand.com Tunes Up Podcasting Tool. News.com. May 23, 2005.

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May 19, 2005

Adam Curry: Everyone Wins with Podcasting

"Adam Curry's name rings a bell for a lot of people who came of age in the 1980s watching the former video jockey, who was a mainstay on MTV.

"But Curry, who left the music channel in 1994 and moved to Europe, may be remembered by even more people for his pioneering work in the emerging field of podcasting.

"Podcasting is more than a hobby for Curry, who has used it to launch a return to the airwaves this week with 'PodShow,' a new program he's hosting on Sirius Satellite Radio. The show, which is designed to showcase the best from the podcasting universe, is also Curry's own personal attempt to shake up what he sees as the homogenized landscape of corporate radio."

Alorie Gilbert. The Man Who's Got Mainstream Radio Quaking. News.com. May 18, 2005.

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May 18, 2005

Radio Station Adopts All-Podcast Format

"San Francisco radio station 1550 KYCY-AM began airing programming on Monday created exclusively by listeners with podcast technology, as new and old media start to collide.

"KYOURadio may well be the first station in the nation to adopt an all-podcast format, according to Infinity Broadcasting, the station's owner."

Alorie Gilbert. S.F. Radio Station Starts Airing Podcasts. News.com. May 16, 2005.

See also:
Seth Sutel. Infinity Tries All-Podcasting Radio Format. ABC News. April 27, 2005.

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May 16, 2005

Wired News Interviews the 'Podfather'

"They call him the Podfather. Once best known as a star veejay on MTV, Adam Curry is now a pioneer of podcasting.

"Curry helped create ipodder, a tool that automates the process of downloading and listening to audio files. His Daily Source Code podcast has become an online hit, and he's developing a new software tool for podcasters -- a virtual studio for editing and producing.

"Wired News spoke to the radio Renaissance man by phone from his home in Guilford, England."

Xeni Jardin. Audience With the Podfather. Wired News. May 14, 2005.

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May 14, 2005

Microsoft Acquires MessageCast

"MSN has bought MessageCast in a move that will give MSN Messenger more access to MessageCast's technologies and will help expand MSN alert services to new content channels, Microsoft announced this week.

"MessageCast develops broadcast messaging systems that work with real-time networks and RSS (really simple syndication) content feeds, and its technology notifies customers about information services, blog and podcast updates, and updates to MSN's alert service."

Paul Kallender. MSN Snaps Up MessageCast. PCWorld. May 13, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. MSN Buys MessageCast for Real-Time Alerts. eWeek. May 11, 2005.

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May 13, 2005

Godcasts: Hottest Trend in Podcasting

"Weekly church sermons that can be downloaded from the Internet and played on portable audio players have become the Podcasts most in demand, according to analysis of search results at Lycos.com.

"'During the past month, searches for Godcasts have risen over 355%,' said Dean Tsouvalas, writer of the Lycos 50 report. 'There are no specific 'Pod preachers' being queried, but it's only a matter of time before the 'Billy Graham' of Podcasts emerges,' he wrote in an e-mail.

Frank Barnako. Podcasters Getting Religion. MarketWatch. May 12, 2005.

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May 12, 2005

Overview of Podcasting

"What do the pope and Paris Hilton have in common? They're both podcasters - and you can be one too.

"Ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, podcasts are essentially do-it-yourself recorded radio programs posted online. Anyone can download them free, and, using special software, listeners can subscribe to favorite shows and even have them automatically downloaded to a portable digital music player.

"Despite what the name suggests, podcasts can be played not just on iPods but on any device that has an MP3 player program, including PC's and laptops."

John R. Quain. Now, Audio Blogs for Those Who Aspire to Be D.J.'s. The New York Times. May 12, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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May 09, 2005

Copyright Issues Halt Podcast

"A local radio pro has found out that distributing his program like an amateur isn't as simple as it sounds.

"Chicago's Steve Dahl thought he could be at the forefront of the so-called podcasting trend, which was virtually unknown a year ago.

"Last month he began making his WCKG-FM 105.9 afternoon show available online as a digital audio file, so those with iPods and other portable media devices can download them and listen at leisure around the world. He used the same new technology that enables computer users to make and distribute homemade programs.

"But this re-purposing of Dahl's show has come to an abrupt halt because of copyright and royalty issues."

Phil Rosenthal. Dahl's Podcasts Halt Amid Stream of Legal Issues. Chicago Tribune. May 6, 2005.

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May 07, 2005

Podcasting Changes Broadcasting Model

"Just the other week, a San Francisco radio station — KYCY AM, owned by Infinity Broadcasting — announced that it was going to become "the world's first-ever podcasting radio station." It would broadcast (and make available online) listener-created content.

"It's an interesting idea, although one that will likely fail. You don't hear of a lot of people tuning in to late-night public access TV for a reason. And radio stations cost a lot to upkeep compared to Web sites, so it's unlikely KYCY will make enough money to keep the station going.

"But that's fine. First efforts often fail, but smart people will learn from the arrows in the pioneers' backs."

Andrew Kantor. Podcasting a Noteworthy Alternative to Plain Ol' Radio. USA Today. May 6, 2005.

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May 05, 2005

Newspapers Launch Podcasts

"Recently, I noted our modest initial podcasting effort. We're in good company: More and more newspapers and newspaper-run sites are jumping on the bandwagon all the time."

Brian Chin. Papers That Podcast. SeattlePI.com. May 4, 2005.

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May 04, 2005

Podcasting v. Online Radio, Round 2

"Om Malik thinks online radio's time has come. And gone. He's wrong.

"I've never met Om but his blog is one of my must-reads for all things broadband and I respect his opinions though I don't necessarily always agree with them.

"Actually, I think the issue is partially a semantic one. Streaming, podcasting, satellite, analog and digital broadcdasting are all distribution technologies for audio content. As a consumer, I don't really care what technology is behind the curtain, as long as the value it brings me is worth what I pay for it (whether it's via my time to listen to ads or my money to subscribe)."

Rags' Soapbox. The Case for Online Radio. April 26, 2005.

See also:
Om Malik. Who Needs Online Radio? Business 2.0. April 26, 2005.

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May 03, 2005

Disneyland to Podcast 50th Anniversary Celebration

"Could podcasts one day replace broadcasts?

"The Walt Disney Co. will give the new techno-trend a boost today when it starts podcasting festivities that will lead up to Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration, which kicks off Thursday.

"'This all goes back to Walt's legacy,' said Duncan Wardle, a spokesman for Burbank-based Disney. 'Walt is the first person to put sound on animated film. And we are continuing Walt's legacy by pushing the boundaries of innovation.'"

Evan Pondel. Disney Courts the Pod People. L.A. Daily News. May 3, 2005

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May 02, 2005

Sirius Gets Serious About Podcasting

"Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. announced Monday it will launch a daily four-hour show featuring podcasts, or amateur programming of digital audio files distributed over the Internet.

"The program will be produced and hosted by Adam Curry beginning May 13. Curry is a former MTV personality and co-developer of the technology, which makes it easy for Net users to download podcasts to portable music players.

"The announcement follows several months of development by Curry, and a business partner, Ron Bloom, of a venture to create a network of podcast programming known as Podshow.com."

Frank Barnako. Sirius Plans Podcast Programming. MarketWatch. May 2, 2005.

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Red Square Launches Podcast Development Tool

"Australian Internet agency, Red Square, has the released the Podifier – claimed to be the first, all-in-one tool designed to simplify the publishing side of podcasts. The Windows-based tool is free and available for download at the website, http://www.podifier.com.

"Podifier is a simple-to-use application that automates – in one application – the creation of an RSS feed, the association of one or more MP3 files, and includes the FTP application to upload them to a server."

David Hague. Get Podified. Digital Producer. April 30, 2005.

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April 30, 2005

Podcasting v. Online Radio

"The sun is setting, and Mark Cuebas and Walter Anaruk are chilling in the garage, sipping Negro Modelos and talking Bucs football.

"Okay, fine, but the fact remains, they've got two question marks at quarterback," Anaruk says. 'Griese is not a question mark!' Cuebas retorts.

"This goes on for nearly 20 minutes. Then the brothers-in-law edit a recording of their debate down to 16. Within hours, the whole thing is up on Anaruk's Web site, where others can download it onto digital music players.

"It's called 'podcasting,' and it may be the first big cultural breakthrough of the iPod era."

Jay Cridlin. Podcasting: The Radio-free Radio Experience. St. Petersburg Times. April 28, 2005.

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April 28, 2005

Infinity Broadcasting Launches Podcast Station

"Podcasting will soon break out of the 'pod' and onto the public airwaves.

"The world's first all-podcast radio station will be launched on May 16 by Infinity Broadcasting, the radio division of Viacom.

"Infinity, one of the country's largest radio operators with more than 183 stations around the country, will invite do-it-yourselfers to upload digital audio files for broadcast consideration by way of the KYOURadio.com website."

Xeni Jardin. Podcasting Killed the Radio Star. Wired News. April 27, 2005.

See also:
Patrick Norton. All Podcast Format For Infinity Radio Station In San Francisco. PCMag.com. April 27, 2005.

Associated Press. Infinity Tries All-Podcasting Radio Format. ABC News. April 27, 2005.

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April 27, 2005

Open Media Network Shares Video, Audio

"Mike Homer sees the future of public broadcasting, and it's on the Internet.

"Or rather, it is the Internet.

"Homer and erstwhile Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen are using file-sharing technology to distribute audio and video files for free online. Unlike Kazaa and other popular 'peer-to-peer' programs, however, Open Media Network allows only authorized sharing and weeds out bootlegged goods."

Jon Healey. Network Shares Audio and Video, Screens Out Bootlegs. LATimes.com. April 26, 2005.

See also:
Benny Evangelista. Startup to Offer Digital TV, Radio Shows Online for Free. San Francisco Chronicle. April 26, 2005.

John Borland. Netscape Pioneers Launch Free Content Network. News.com. April 25, 2005.

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April 22, 2005

Prerequisite for Business Success: Blogs

"Look past the yakkers, hobbyists, and political mobs. Your customers and rivals are figuring blogs out. Our advice: Catch up...or catch you later.

"Go ahead and bellyache about blogs. But you cannot afford to close your eyes to them, because they're simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself. And they're going to shake up just about every business -- including yours."

Starting today, Business Week launches its own blog at Blogspotting.net.

Stephen Baker and Heather Green. Blogs Will Change Your Business. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

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Closet Deadhead Addresses Podcasting

"Just when we grasped what blogging was all about, along came podcasting, which in some ways is even more disruptive and exciting than blogging.

"Being a podcaster myself, I've seen firsthand the business and legal chaos podcasts have created. As you'll see in this column, perhaps they might soon create some political chaos too."

Sam Whitmore. Podcasting: Making Waves. Forbes.com. April 21, 2005.

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April 21, 2005

Podscope Launches Search Beta for Podcasts

"Podscope, the new web engine that allows you to keyword search each and every word spoken in a podcast is now live in beta mode. We first reported that Podscope was coming about a week ago.

"At the moment Podscope is searching podcasts from a database of 1000 sites. The page to submit your url is now offline but look for it to return soon."

Gary Price. Podscope Beta Now Available, Keyword Search Podcasts. SearchEngineWatch. April 19, 2005.

See also:
Podcasting News. Podscope Beta Searches Podcast Audio Content. April 18, 2005.

Podscope Blog. Podscope Beta. April 17, 2005.

Gary Price. Podscope: New Search Engine Will Allow You to Keyword Search Every Word Spoken in a Podcast. SearchEngineWatch. April 11, 2005.

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April 19, 2005

Forbes Is Now Podcasting

"Forbes On Radio is a new weekly three-hour program that brings Forbes editors, outside experts and opinion leaders to bear on an enormous range of topical issues to take you behind today's headlines and ahead of tomorrow's."

Forbes.com Staff. Forbes On Radio Podcast. Forbes.com. April 18, 2005.

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April 18, 2005

U.S. Cell Phones to Get Visual Radio

"'Visual radio' is coming to the United States--and no, that's not just a newfangled name for a TV set.

"Radio giant Infinity Broadcasting is working with Hewlett-Packard to bring a kind of Net-enabled FM radio to U.S. markets, sending information such as album art, concert dates and buy-this-album buttons alongside broadcasts.

"The broadcasts will be aimed at a new generation of FM radio-enabled phones, as well as the digital information carried over cellular phone carriers' airwaves, rather than on the one-way FM broadcasts. The companies hope to turn the service into a new advertising and revenue source for traditional radio, which is facing increasing competition from satellite radio and Internet Webcasts."

John Borland. 'Visual Radio' Headed for U.S. Cell Phones. News.com. April 18, 2005.

See also:
Sue Zeidler. Infinity Plans to Broadcast to Cellphones in U.S.. Reuters. April 18, 2005.

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April 16, 2005

BBC Adds 20 Podcasts to Lineup

"The BBC is making 20 more radio shows available for listeners to download onto their digital music players.

"People will be able to download shows, such as technology programme Go Digital and some Radio 1 audio, in a trial."

BBC News. BBC Radio Podcasts 20 More Shows. April 15, 2005.

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April 14, 2005

Music Podcasts Remain Legally Fuzzy

"Last month, Warner Brothers announced that they had paid for placement in a well-known podcast. They bought time in The Eric Rice Show, allowing that podcast to include exclusive content from The Used. As part of the deal, the hosts of the show will announce that the inclusion of the content was paid for by Warner. Two other examples, U.K. based Virgin Radio and KCRW/Santa Monica, have both released content in the form of a podcast.

"Despite the authorized uses of music and content in these select instances, podcasting is still more of an underground technology, used by thousands of independent, Web-savvy users. According to a recent survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, many people have listened to podcasts. This represents a potentially significant problem because the majority of the music and content has not been authorized for use."

FMQB. Legality Of Using Music In Podcasts Remains Foggy. April 11, 2005.

See also:
Zachary Rodgers. Warner Brothers Sponsors Podcaster. ClickZ News. March 22, 2005.

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Politicians Reach Public Through Podcasts

"John McCain in 2000 and Howard Dean in 2004 broke new ground in using the internet to raise funds and organise their supporters.

"And in the 2004 presidential campaign, the internet became even more central to political campaigns.

"Now politicians and the political parties in the US are jumping on the latest internet bandwagon: Podcasts."

Kevin Anderson. US Politicians Embrace Podcasts. BBC News. April 13, 2005.

See also:
Republican National Committee. Podcasting.

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April 13, 2005

Forrester Predicts Digital Audio Growth

"Satellite radio subscriptions are likely to climb to more than 20 million in the next five years, driven by early adopters of the technology with above-average incomes, according to a study released on Tuesday.

"After that, however, the industry will have to consider price reductions or other measures to sustain rapid growth, the study concluded."

Paul Bond. Digital Audio's Future Loud, Clear. Reuters. April 13, 2005.

See also:
Dinesh C. Sharma. Study: Digital Audio to Surge. ZDNet. April 12, 2005.

Forrester. Forrester Research Defines The Future Of Digital Audio — New Report Forecasts Growth Of Satellite Radio And Podcasting. (Press Release.) April 12, 2005.

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April 12, 2005

Computers in Libraries' Presentations Available Online

"This page features links to World Wide Web sites, PowerPoint slideshows, and other electronic resources used in support of presentations at Computers in Libraries 2005. Links are provided at the discretion of presenters. Additional links will be provided as they become available."

Information Today. Computers in Libraries 2005: Presentation Links.

Attribution: SNTReport.com first discovered news of these presentation links through a posting in beSpacific, edited by Sabrina I. Pacifici.

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UK DJs Launch Podcast Shows

"DJs Paul Gambaccini and Tony Blackburn are backing a new website offering radio shows for digital audio players.

"Podshows will offer shows to download to iPods and other players for between 49p and 99p each.

"The BBC and Virgin Radio already offer shows via 'podcasting', but only using shows which have already been broadcast on radio."

BBC News. UK DJs Backing Podcasting Outfit. April 11, 2005.

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April 11, 2005

Podcasts Reach New Frontiers

"As millions of pilgrims streamed into Rome this past week, Internet listeners accompanied a Dutch priest on an intimate audio tour to pay one last visit to Pope John Paul II before he was laid to rest.

"Father Roderick Vonhogen brought the Catholic Church's ancient rites to life through a cutting-edge format: the podcast, a radio-style show that is distributed over the Internet.

"Podcasts have caught on like wildfire since they first emerged nine months ago. Listeners can pick from roughly 10,000 shows on topics ranging from religion to wine to technology, and media companies and advertisers are taking note."

Andy Sullivan. Homespun 'Podcasts' Explore Universe of Topics. Reuters. April 9, 2005.

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April 07, 2005

Podcasting Skepticism

Barefoot is a 'writer, technologist and marketer who lives in Vancouver, Canada,' according to his site. He raises enough issues-compounded by comments to the post-that I wanted to think through my responses. It seemed a good idea to use my own blog for that process. So here goes…

"Barefoot begins by leaving no doubt about his skepticism: 'I'm skeptical about who's doing it, who's going to do it, and who's going to listen to it. In short, I don't think podcasting is going to get very far into the mainstream.' He lays out several arguments. Let's examine them one by one."

Shel Holtz. Is Podcasting For Real? WebProNews. April 5, 2005.

Editor's Note: Since the Pew Internet & American Life Project published its podcasting report, which claims that "more than 6 million adults" have listened to at least one podcast, there have been a number of articles and editorial comments that have challenged the Project's contention. Since the appearance of these comments, SNTReport.com has updated its original story about the Pew report. We will continue to update this story as it develops.

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April 05, 2005

Pew Study: 6 Million Have Heard Podcasts

"According to new research from The Pew Internet and American Life Project, 29 percent of Americans over the age of 18 with iPods or other MP3 players have listened to podcasts. Pew had predicted the growth early this year after studying sales of portable MP3 players.

"Pew estimates over 22 million American adults own an MP3 or iPod player, and more than 6 million of these owners have listened to podcasts. The study surveyed 2,201 people, 208 of whom were MP3 or iPod owners. Pew did not survey anyone under age 18."

Sean Michael Kerner. Podcasting Grows In Popularity. ClickZNews. April 4, 2005.

See also:
Lee Rainie and Mary Madden. Podcasting. (.pdf) Pew Internet & American Life Project. April 2005.

Updates:
Robert MacMillan. Podcasting in the Dark. WashingtonPost.com. April 6, 2005.

Erika Morphy. Six Million Podcasters and Counting. NewsFactor Network. April 4, 2005. (Despite the survey results, Pew research director believes numbers of people actually using the Internet to broadcast and/or download pods is smaller than the 6 million figure.)

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April 02, 2005

Podcast for I.T. Industry

"Scrolling through the master playlist on an iPod, one could come across the following selections: The Beatles, Duran Duran, Foghat, I.T. Conversations, The Police, Frank Sinatra ... Wait a second. I.T. Conversations? Never heard of them.

"And to date, very few people have. But it's not because the band has yet to crack the Top 40."

No author. CIOs Getting Vocal about iPods. Health Data Management. March 28, 2005.

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March 31, 2005

Skype Leveraged as Podcasting Tool

"Skype was created as a no-cost long-distance phone service. It does that very well. What it also allows you to do, if you're just a little technically-minded and have a homebrew gene or two, is to record your Skype phone conversation, with the other person's permission, to an audio file on a second computer. Once you've recorded the audio, you can edit out the uhms, ahs and pauses, compress the audio and then place it on the web for public consumption.

"I've been doing some experiments recording Skype interviews and am writing this article to pass along some tips and pointers."

Phil Shapiro. Using Skype as a Community Media Production Tool. No publisher. No date.

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Skypecasters Turn Net Phones into Broadcasting System

"Calling all music players.

"A growing number of people are sharing the digital music on MP3 players and other music devices using freely available software and Skype, a free Internet phone service.

"The enthusiasts are borrowing heavily from another personal broadcasting phenomenon called podcasting, in which digital recordings are posted on a Web site for download to a variety of music players, including desktop PCs and portable gadgets like Apple Computer's wildly popular iPod. 'Skypecasters, as they call themselves, use Skype's peer-to-peer telephone network to distribute recordings over the Internet directly to each other for free."

Ben Charny. VoIP Calls Get Podcast Treatment. News.com. March 29, 2005.

See also:
John Borland. A Novel Podcast. News.com. March 24, 2005.

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March 30, 2005

Podcast Interview With Celebrity Blogger

"Last Monday 21 March, Shel and I interviewed Steve Rubel for The Hobson & Holtz Report bi-weekly podcast.

"Steve is Vice President Client Solutions at CooperKatz, a New York PR firm, and author of the Micro Persuasion blog. He is arguably the most prominent and influential blogger in the PR profession either side of the Atlantic."

The Hobson and Holtz Report. An Open Conversation with Steve Rubel, Micro Persuasion. March 26, 2005.

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March 29, 2005

Commercial Podcasting Gains Momentum

"Nasa is doing it, 14-year-old boys in bedrooms are doing it, couples are doing it, gadget lovers - male and female - are definitely doing it.

"It is podcasting - DIY radio in the form of downloadable MP3 audio files. They can done by anyone who has a microphone, simple software, the net, and something to say.

"Some liken them to talking 'audioblogs' because many complement text-based weblogs - diary-like sites where people share their thoughts."

Jo Twist. 'Podcasters' Look to Net Money. BBC News. March 25, 2005.

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Clear Channel Plans to Podcast

"Clear Channel plans to take first steps toward extending its radio brands through podcasting, as part of a new coherent Internet strategy set to unfold over the next several months at radio’s largest operator."

Paul Heine. Clear Channel To Embrace Podcasting. Billboard RadioMonitor. March 25, 2005.

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March 28, 2005

World's First Podcast-Only Novel Released

"At three miles below the surface of the Earth, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting ... and guarding.

"That's part of the description of what is being billed as the world's first 'podcast' novel, 'EarthCore,' written by Scott Sigler of San Francisco.

"Mr. Sigler, who narrates his novel, which was first published in 2001, plans to release an hour of audio each week, creating a format similar to weekly television suspense shows with continuing storylines, such as '24' and 'Battlestar Galactica.'"

No author. 'Podcast-only' Novel Released. San Jose Business Journal. March 24, 2005.

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March 26, 2005

Blogs Continue to Blow Up

"Dave Sifry's Technorati.com reported Tuesday it is now tracking slightly more than 8 million Weblogs through its search tool and directory services.

"This is only the beginning, if you believe investment analyst Mary Meeker at Morgan Stanley, who last touted blogs as a huge business opportunity late last year. Meeker forecast Yahoo would get into the blogging business big time, and last week, it did with the Yahoo 360º service.

A more academic boost for blogs is at the heart of a new report by Outsell Inc., a California-based technology market research firm. Behind the sizzle stirs the essential ingredients of the next tipping point in the information industry, Outsell wrote."

Frank Barnako. 8 Million Bloggers Can't Be Wrong. Marketwatch.com. March 22, 2005.

See also:
Frank Barnako. Podcasting Hype, Inflating the Balloon?. Marketwatch.com. March 21, 2005.

Morgan Stanley. An Update from the Digital World. October 2004.

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March 25, 2005

Warner Brothers Reenters Blogosphere

"After getting into some trouble for its early marketing practices in the blogosphere, Warner Brothers Records is dipping its toes in the blog waters once again. The company will sponsor podcasts of the Eric Rice Show and provide exclusive audio content from one of its bands.

"The Eric Rice Show, which is produced by Rice and three of his colleagues, features audio musings on entertainment, technology, and culture. Podcasting, the practice of publishing extended audio recordings in a Web feed format, still reaches a very small audience, but many expect it to take off as digital music players proliferate."

Zachary Rodgers. Warner Brothers Sponsors Podcaster. ClickZNews. March 22, 2005.

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March 22, 2005

Religious Podcasting Takes Hold

"Godcasting is the latest advancement in online religion, in which preachers convert their sermons to audio to be heard on portable digital audio devices.

"Using iPods or any portable MP3 player, 'podcasting' lets people download audio programs that can be listened to whenever they like. It's a form of audio syndication that musicians, businessmen, tech talk show hosts and political commentators like Al Franken have already adopted."

Kathleen Murphy. Godcasting May Be Portable Players' First "Killer App". The Baptist Standard. March 18, 2005.

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March 19, 2005

New iPodder 2.0 Available

"The nascent market of podcasting got a boost this week with the latest release of iPodder 2.0.

"The new version of the popular podcasting client sports a slicker look among its long list of feature improvements, which developers argue is proof positive that podcasting technology is now mature and ready to be taken seriously.

"Podcasting, a term derived from Apple's iPod, makes use of RSS enclosures to allow users to listen and subscribe to audio content much the same way they can with a text blog. The technology can be played on any MP3-capable device."

Sean Michael Kerner. iPodder 2.0 Release Elevates Podcasting. InternetNews.com. March 17, 2005.

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March 18, 2005

K. Matthew Dames' Presentation on Social Software

On Thursday, K. Matthew Dames, SNTReport.com's executive editor, co-chaired the "Communities & Collaboration" track at Computers in Libraries 2005. Dames also gave the first presentation in that track, "Social Software 101," which is available in .pdf format below.

Editor's Note: I was very excited about this conference because I believed that the program Steven Cohen and I created contained some of the most valuable material in the entire conference. From the feedback I have received thus far, it seems that the attendees left each session with a lot of fresh ideas about using digital collaboration tools in their workplaces. If today's organizers and speakers were able to spur some of our audience to begin testing these tools for personal use, seek to implement them in the workplace, or merely spur enough curiosity to warrant further investigation, the track was a success.

I would like to thank all the people that attended Computers in Libraries 2005, and I also would like to congratulate Information Today on its 20th year as organizer of CIL.

There are some people, however, for which I reserve a special thanks. Thank you to Will Richardson (editor of Weblogg-ed), Aaron Schmidt (editor of Walking Paper), Michael Stephens (editor of Tame the Web), Megan Fox, and Blake Carver (editor of LISNews.com) for contributing a wealth of rich content and ideas to Thursday's sessions.

Thank you to Nancy Garman, Information Today's Director of Conference Program Planning, and Jane Dysart, CIL 2005 program chair, for their organizational guidance.

And a huge thank you to Steven Cohen, editor of Library Stuff. It was an honor working with you, a pleasure to finally get to know you, and I sincerely hope we can work together again to advance the information sciences and the profession called librarianship.

K. Matthew Dames. Social Software 101. (.pdf). March 17, 2005.

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March 11, 2005

Virgin Radio Offers Daily Podcast

"Virgin Radio is making highlights of its breakfast show available for digital audio players in what it says is a first for 'podcasting'.

"The station began making its Pete and Geoff show available to download on Wednesday. It says it is the first UK station to podcast a daily show."

No author. Virgin Radio Starts Daily Podcast. BBC News. March 9, 2005.

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March 10, 2005

Podcasting As A Sales Tool?

"Podcasting is all of the talk right now, but can it perform as a sales tool as well? Recent examples prove that it certainly can."

Rok Hrastnik. Podcasting as a Sales Tool. marketingstudies.net. March 8, 2005.

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March 08, 2005

Digital Revolution Reaches the Airwaves

"From satellite to podcasts, programming is exploding -- but the fight for profits will be ferocious.

"How fast is technology turning radio upside down? Ask Brian Ibbott. Last September, when the wannabe Denver deejay started playing music on the Internet, the term for what he was doing -- podcasting -- had been around for two weeks. These days the 35-year-old produces a half-hour show of popular songs called Coverville. Some 9,000 devotees download it three times a week to play on -- what else? -- their iPods.

"For all the hullabaloo it's generating, podcasting is not even close to being a business yet. While startups such as Odeo and The Podcast Network are providing technological support and creating a podcasting network, right now Ibbott has barely enough ads to cover expenses, and most podcasters work for free."

Heather Green et al. The New Radio Revolution. BusinessWeekOnline. March 3, 2005.

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Infinity Will Stream Radio on Web

"Radio broadcaster Infinity is making 11 of its news and news-talk stations available online and will have its existing national and local sales forces sell commercial spots on the streams. Infinity Broadcasting is a unit of Viacom.

"'We have a very aggressive sales strategy that we'll be rolling out in the next couple of weeks as we move toward launch,' said David Goodman, president of marketing at Infinity. 'We really believe that we have a tremendous opportunity to dominate the at-work audience.'

"Industry-watchers have painted the move as an acknowledgement of the competitive environment that could be dragging audience away from radio broadcasting."

Pamela Parker. Infinity to Stream, Sell Ads Online. ClickZNews. March 3, 2005.

See also:
Heather Green et al. The New Radio Revolution. BusinessWeek Online. March 3, 2005.

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March 07, 2005

Recipe for Podcasting

"Podcasts are reinventing talk radio on the Web. These homemade audio downloads have become popular since they were introduced last year. Pontificate on your political opinions, praise your favorite bands, interview your hero -- the possibilities are limitless.

"Podcasts were created by fans of the Apple iPod, but you don't need an iPod or a Mac to make your own. Properly configured, the average Linux distribution can podcast with the best of them. Here's how."

Johnathon Williams. Podcasting from Linux. Newsforge. March 2, 2005.

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March 02, 2005

Podcasting's Challenges

"Remember the Web in 1994? Lots of pictures of pet cats and long lists of people's favorite junk foods.

"Podcasting is in the same place today as the Web was in 1994. These personal radio broadcasts, designed to be downloaded to an iPod or similar MP3 player, are homespun, rough-edged, and -- let's be honest -- not all that riveting.

"One problem is that, much like the Web before advertising and e-commerce, there's no money in podcasting yet. I doubt we would have seen Google, eBay, CNN.com, or Mapquest emerge if the Web had remained a commerce-free zone. Ads and transactions on the Web gave everyone an incentive to produce high-quality websites, from start-ups like eBay to giant media corporations like CNN to individuals like Harry Knowles, who runs the movie insiders' site Ain't It Cool News."

Scott Kirsner. Podcasting Faces Growing Pains. Boston Globe. Feb. 28, 2005.

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March 01, 2005

The Price of Podcasting Music

"ASCAP updated its Internet licensing to reference podcasts – oh, excuse me, pod-casts – last week. The move may have been intended to answer some questions as to the legality of using music in podcasts, but, as with the webcasting era, it left a lot of people scratching their heads. Is this all we need, just a $288 license to this agency, to be covered through 2005?

"Well, there’s some bad news. The truth is that, no, that’s not everything. In fact, the landscape for music licensing is even more confusing than most people would imagine, and it at times consists of entities who may not even want to sell you a license. Here, I try to break them down. Know that I am not a lawyer, and as such am not going to know much more detail than is absolutely necessary.

Bestkungfu Weblog. Podcasting, Music and the Law. Feb. 15, 2005.

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Interview With Founder of Blogdigger

"As I’ve mentioned in the past, Blogdigger is one of my favourite RSS search engines, and since I had the chance to interview Greg Gershman, founder of Blogdigger itself, I couldn’t let this chance go by."

Sid Yadav. Interview With Greg Gershman, Founder of Blogdigger. The Daily Rundown. Feb. 22, 2005.

Editor's note: Greg Gershman also keeps notes on the development of Blogdigger at his Blogdigger Development Blog.

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February 26, 2005

Business Continues to Discover Podcasting

There have been a spate of articles this month about Podcasting, but much of the coverage in the mainstream press has focused on how the Podcasting movement threatens traditional consumer- and music-oriented radio.

Another set of articles, however, has focused on how the Podcasting movement is changing the communication dynamic within businesses. These articles have appeared mostly on blogs and other non-mainstream publications that focus on one or more aspects of the digital collaboration spectrum.

A bibliographic listing of these articles follows; SNTReport.com will continue to update this listing as more interesting information becomes available.

NevOn. The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #10. Feb. 24, 2004. (A 54-minute podcast recorded live using Skype from Chicago, IL and and Amsterdam, The Netherlands and featuring an interview with General Motors' Michael Wiley, who discusses the company's first foray into podcasting.)

Common Craft. Podcasting and the CEO. Feb. 15, 2005. (Discusses how the CEO of an organization can use podcasting to communicate with employees throughout the company.)

FastLane Blog. Cadillac, Buick Reveals in Chicago. Feb. 10, 2005. (General Motors -- yes, that General Motors -- uses its first podcast to introduce the Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne luxury sedans at the Chicago Auto Show.)

Glenn Fleishman. How to Record a Podcast. O'Reilly Macdevcenter.com. Jan. 25, 2005. (This article offers information on podcasting that is specific to the Macintosh computer and the OS X operating system.)

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Start Up Eyes Podcasting for Profit

"The primarily amateur Internet audio medium known as podcasting will take a small, hopeful step on Friday toward becoming the commercial Web's next big thing.

"That step is planned by Odeo, a five-person start-up that is based in a walk-up apartment in this city's Mission District and was co-founded by a Google alumnus. The company plans to introduce a Web-based system that is aimed at making a business of podcasting - the process of creating, finding, organizing and listening to digital audio files that range from living-room ramblings to BBC newscasts.

John Markoff. For a Start-Up, Visions of Profit in Podcasting. The New York Times. Feb. 25, 2005.

Related:
Evhead. How Odeo Happened. Feb. 25, 2005.

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February 24, 2005

Podcasting: How Amateurs May Soon Rule the Airwaves

"'People think I'm this poseur guy from MTV, but I don't care,' says Adam Curry, the former VJ whose long blond locks once mesmerized teenyboppers across the globe. 'I've always had this total dual life as a geek and a celebrity.'

"Curry, 40, is the brains behind iPodder, a tiny application that he believes has the power to challenge commercial radio. iPodder is the bastard offspring of the blog and the Apple MP3 player. It combines the hyperactive talkiness of blogs and the hipness of iPods into something utterly new: the podcast. iPodder uses the blog syndication tool RSS to automatically download homebrew radio shows, podcasts, directly into a portable MP3 player.

"Welcome to podcasting, the medium that promises a future where anyone can make radio, instead of just listen to it. The biggest podcast audiences now number in the mere tens of thousands. Yet real radio, the kind with bona fide mass audiences, is starting to use the technology to make its shows available for download.

"The podcasting scene is reminiscent of the early, heady days of blogging, circa 2001, a time before Wonkette made the cover of The New York Times Magazine. Like bloggers in the good old days, podcasters are obsessively internecine and gloriously, honestly unprofessional."

Annalee Newitz. Adam Curry Wants to Make You an iPod Radio Star. Wired. March 2005.

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February 23, 2005

SNTReport.com Celebrates Its First Birthday

One is the magic number. -- Jill Scott

Today, SNTReport.com celebrates its first full year of publication. Born on Feb. 23, 2004, SNTReport.com has grown into the one of the Web's most respected information sources about the intersection of collaboration and technology.

During the past year, we have been privileged to witness and report on several exciting developments, including Google's initial public offering, Yahoo's 10th anniversary, blogging's explosion from personal phenomenon to media mainstay, the growth of VOIP, and continued clashes over copyright. We have shortened our name, re-classified the site at least twice, pushed our publication cycle from five days to six days per week, polished our layout and logo, and tried -- with varying degrees of success -- to cover digital collaboration as the field continues to evolve and define itself.

From the beginning, we have run this publication more like a newspaper than as a traditional blog. We go to great lengths to provide core bibliographic information so that our readers may find the original articles themselves, even after the hyperlinks expire. Additionally, we diligently archive and cross-reference our stories. I sincerely believe that SNTReport.com is one of the Web's most timely, accurate and valuable sources for information about digital collaboration, social software, social networking and information policy.

But to be fair, there is room for improvement. I concede that for SNTReport.com to grow and add even more value to our readership, we need to publish more original content. I, for one, have found it increasingly more difficult to find time to develop original content for SNTReport.com. I envy fellow commentators like Steve Cohen, who does a wonderful job posting rich, original content for his blog, Library Stuff (and has managed to secure a sponsorship deal with Information Today to boot). If there is any one issue that I would like to improve over the next year, it is adding more original content.

To that end, we will be working hard over the next few months to launch a Podcasting initiative. The initiative, which we have yet to brand, will likely take the form of a weekly show that looks retrospectively on the prior week's developments in the digital collaboration space.

It is my hope that this initiative will accomplish three things. First, I hope it will infuse SNTReport.com with fresh, original, valuable multimedia content. We'll start with audio only in the first stages, then we may try full audio and video if we can work out the details.

Second, the Podcasting initiative will allow me to move closer to radio. I have always enjoyed radio and the lively, intimate commentary it can provide. As Apple's iPod continues to supplant Sony's Walkman and the transistor radio as America's audio unit of choice, it seems natural to make SNTReport.com-sponsored commentary available on that platform as well.

Finally, I hope the initiative will allow us an opportunity to lend some context and perspective to this field we call digital collaboration. With developments in this space moving as quickly as they do, it is easy for everyone involved (including us) to miss the forest for the trees. Hopefully, the Podcasting initiative will help our readers keep things in the proper perspective.

No writing venture is a singular effort, and SNTReport.com is no exception. Many people have worked hard at improving this publication, and for fear of omitting names, I will thank you all broadly instead.

Three people in particular, however, have helped this publication get to a point where it is infinitely better on February 23, 2005, than it was on Febrary 23, 2004. Stephen E. Arnold, SNTReport.com's founding editor; Stuart Schram, the publication's technology director; and Carol Schwartz, writer and editorial associate, have worked very hard to guide this publication in the right direction and provide our readers with some of the Web's finest information on digital collaboration. To each of them, I say thank you and congratulations.

My final thank you is reserved for each of you that allows us into your world somehow each day, be it through the Web or an RSS feed. We are committed to continuing our coverage of social software, digital collaboration and information policy, and look forwarding to providing a premier news source for developments in these areas. As always, if you have suggestions, information, praise or even complaints, do not hesitate to contact me at dames(AT)sntreport.com.

Best,
K. Matthew Dames
Founder & Executive Editor
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February 21, 2005

Podcasting: A New Voice in Media

"From a chenille-slipcovered sofa in the basement of their friend Dave's mom's house at the edge of a snow-covered field, Brad and Other Brad, sock-footed pioneers in the latest technology revolution, are recording 'Why Fish,' their weekly show.

"Clutching a microphone and leaning over a laptop on the coffee table, they praise the beauty of the Red River, now frozen on the edge of town, and plug an upcoming interview with a top-ranked professional walleye fisherman. Then they sign off.

"Their show, mostly ad-libbed, is a podcast, a kind of recording that, thanks to a technology barely six months old, anyone can make on a computer and then post to a Web site, where it can be downloaded to an iPod or any MP3 player to be played at the listener's leisure.

"Since August, when Adam Curry, a former MTV video jockey, and David Winer, an early Web log writer, developed the podcasting technology, 3,075 podcasts have sprung up around the world, according to a Web site, Ipodder.org, that offers downloads of podcasting software."

Kate Zernike. Tired of TiVo? Beyond Blogs? Podcasts Are Here. The New York Times. Feb. 19, 2005.

Editor's note: SNTReport.com has been tracking podcasting technology since its inception. Selected previous stories are available here, here, and here.

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February 10, 2005

Podcasting Allows More Voices to be Heard

"After getting a taste of the radio business in college, software designer Craig Patchett never lost his interest in broadcasting. But without a job in radio, it seemed likely to remain one of those unfulfilled passions - until something called 'podcasting' came along.

"Now, Patchett's creating shows and sending them out to the masses every day - not over the airwaves to radios but over the Internet, from his personal computer in Carlsbad, Calif. His listeners download his shows to their iPods and other digital music players.

"Patchett, 43, is among a growing number of people getting into podcasting, which is quickly becoming another of the Internet's equalizing technologies."

Matthew Fordahl. 'Podcasting' Lets Masses Do Radio Shows. Boston Globe. Feb. 7, 2005.

See also:
National Public Radio. 'PodCasting' to Music, Talk Fans Online. Day to Day. Feb. 1, 2005.

Steve Rubel. Pondering Podvertising Possibilities. iMediaConnection. Feb. 8, 2005.

Cindy L. Chick. Invasion of the Podcasters. LawLibTech. Feb. 2, 2005.

On the Media. Podcasting. Jan. 7, 2005.

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December 16, 2004

Video for Podcasting

"With the success of podcasting -- a recent technology that lets anyone subscribe to and play back audio feeds on an iPod -- the natural next step is technology that can do the same with video.

"First a podcasting primer: It works much the same way as syndication of content through RSS or Atom, except that instead of text from blogs or news sites, podcasting sends songs directly to iPods or other MP3 players.

"Now comes video. Already, there are rudimentary applications like Vogbrowser, which offers video feeds to which people can subscribe, much like they do with RSS feeds. There are more products like this on the way."

Daniel Terdiman. Video Feeds Follow Podcasting. Wired News. Dec. 7, 2004.

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December 02, 2004

Podcasting Emerges as New Killer App

"Apple's wildly popular iPod music player is really becoming pervasive — and no longer confined to music.

"It has lent its name to a hot new technology dubbed 'podcasting'. In recent months, podcasting sites have spread across the internet like bushfire. What is it? Think of it as time-shifted radio. Talk shows, news reports, educational material, sporting news, agriculture reports, music shows, even sex talk – they're all being offered as podcasts.

"That means they're formatted as MP3 files and set up for downloading or streaming via the internet. No longer are you tied to the schedule of your favourite broadcaster: listen at any time on your Mac or Windows PC."

David Frith. Podcasting Takes Off. AustralianIT. Nov. 30, 2004.

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October 29, 2004

Are We Ready for Podcasting?

"Every so often someone comes up with a new idea that depends upon another not fully developed new idea. So the two ideas get put together and also get a cool name. This is followed by a manic period where the new idea is extolled as the next big thing.

"In this fashion, we have been introduced to podcasting—the next big thing. Too bad it's a kludge that doesn't work as advertised unless you have a Macintosh and an iPod.

"The podcasting concept, in its most boiled-down form, is as follows. You attach a simple audio stream to an RSS feed (typically from a blog) and distribute audio feeds as they are created. With the original concept, an audio feed is designed to be grabbed in such a way that it will queue itself in iPod audio format and download itself to the iPod.

"But since the world consists of 95 percent PC users, how does all this really work?"

John C. Dvorak. Podcasting: Not Ready for Prime Time. PC Magazine. Oct. 25, 2004.

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October 12, 2004

Podcasting Brings Convenience to Internet Audio

"For anyone who loves listening to the wide variety of internet audio programming, but can't always listen to their favorite shows when they're scheduled or take the time to download them manually, help has arrived.

"Known as podcasting, the technology is a new take on syndicated content feeds like RSS and Atom. But instead of pushing text from blogs and news sites to various content aggregators like FeedDemon and Bloglines, podcasting sends audio content directly to an iPod or other MP3 player.

"'It's aggregating audio content, but it's taking one extra step, in that it's putting it on your device,' said Adam Curry, who built the first podcasting aggregator, known as iPodder. 'Not only do these devices play it, but you don't have to put it there yourself. It just happens automatically.'"

Daniel Terdiman. Podcasts: New Twist on Net Audio. Wired News. Oct. 8, 2004.

See also:
Phillip Torrone. How-To: Podcasting (aka How to Get Podcasts and Also Make Your Own). Engadget. Oct. 5, 2004.

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