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|03/29/2006 Radio Disney
Radio Disney plans to offer free, ad-supported podcasts
that target 6-to-14 year-old children.
Starting in June, Radio Disney will insert ads into its weekly
podcasts over periods such as a month. Video-game maker THQ
is among the first to sign on.
|03/29/2006 MovieMail is Now Podcasting
Every 2 weeks, MovieMail’s Graeme Hobbs takes a look at
a couple of significant DVD releases, providing an informative
appraisal of the films in question.
|03/28/2006 Podcast Articles
Interested in learning more about podcasting? Be sure to
read these podcasting articles to stay abreast of the
|03/28/2006 Podzinger Searches Video Feeds
launehed a new service. They claim that they are now able to
search both audio and video podcasts. It claims to allow users
to search each and every word of the audio segments of a video
|03/27/2006 Locating Podcasts on ITMS
Search podcasts by popularity
Of course, before you subscribe, you’ll want to find podcasts
that appeal to your interests. And you have several ways of
tracking them down. For example, you can tell iTunes to find
them for you. Although you could use the iTunes search box in
the upper right-hand corner of the jukebox window, iTunes provides
a search window specifically for podcasts in the left column.
You can use it to search by podcast title, podcast authors,
or by all podcasts.
|03/27/2006 Apple Turns 30
Apple's journey began in 1976 when two college dropouts
— Jobs, a marketing whiz, and his friend Steve Wozniak, an
engineering genius — filed partnership papers on April Fools'
Day, their eyes set on building and selling personal computers.
Another friend, Ron Wayne, opted out of the risky venture within
Apple Turns 30
|03/27/2006 Fitness Podcasts
Personal trainer Mike Causadias runs non-stop, working
with clients across southern Florida.
However, Causadias recently learned how to extend his reach.
Now, fitness buffs all over the country -- and the world --
can work out with him.
They just download his weekly podcast, an energetic mix of
strength-building exercises and workout tips.
This is not a new phenomenon, Mike's podcast is one of many
that stress fitness and working out. Making a workouts and
|03/27/2006 PODs New Meaning
POD = Portable on Demand to some
Although it's easy to understand why many people mistakenly
believe podcasts are strictly associated with Apple's wildly
popular iPod, they are actually homespun broadcasts that can
be listened to on any portable digital music player, including
|03/23/2006 People Like Economic and Market Forecast Podcasts
The Business Review reports that McDonald Investments, the
private banking and investment arm of KeyCorp, has begun podcasting
market insights and investment advice from John Caldwell, its
The podcast had a soft launch in January, with the first of
three episodes featuring economic commentary, stock picks and
market forecasts. Since then, more than 10,000 people have listened
to or downloaded the free report.
I guess their soft launch worked!
|03/22/2006 French Taking Charge
The French parliament is set to vote early this week
on a new law that would allow consumers to legally circumvent
existing software that protects copyrighted material.
Analysts say the French are on to something that the rest
of the world has yet to figure out: It needs to set rules for
this new market now or risk one or two U.S. companies taking
control of online access to music, video and TV.
|03/20/2006 France Makes Life Difficult for Apple
Apple Computer Inc. faces a serious challenge in France
as lawmakers move to sever the umbilical cord between its iPod
music player and iTunes online store — threatening its lucrative
hold on both markets.
Amendments to an online copyright bill, adopted early Friday,
would give rivals access to the hitherto-exclusive file formats
at the heart of Apple's music business model as well as Sony
Corp's Walkman players and Connect store.
|03/20/2006 RealNetworks Loosing Ground to iPods
Apple Computer's iTunes music player is steadily gaining
on RealNetworks's RealPlayer in number of users, a market research
firm said Friday.
While the number of RealPlayer users has remained about the
same for the last three years, iTunes's user base has more than
tripled from 2005 to 2006, Nielsen/NetRatings said.
|03/19/2006 iPod in Exchange for Privacy
The big business of renting, selling and buying personal
information about netizens was put on notice this week by New
York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in a high-profile case that
exposed shady privacy practices and the dubious value of the
once-promising Truste "privacy seal."
Spitzer announced Monday that e-mail marketing giant Datran
Media had agreed to a $1.1 million fine for knowingly buying
marketing lists from companies with privacy policies that promised
not to sell or transfer the lists to a third party.
Datran's biggest purchase, according to the text of the settlement,
was a list of 7.2 million Americans' names, e-mail addresses,
home phone numbers and street addresses from Gratis Internet,
a company best known for promising free iPods, televisions and
DVDs to users willing to sign up for promotions offered by partners
such as Citibank, Blockbuster and BMG's music club.
|03/17/2006 Podcasting from a Pocket PC
AcroDesign Technologies has released the AudioBay Podcasting
application for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. The program provides
everything needed to publish a podcast from a Pocket PC. Within
a few minutes, users can record a podcast episode using the
Pocket PC’s built-in recorder and upload it to the Web over
a wireless Internet connection for immediate access by the public.
|03/17/2006 PodTech Raises Venture Capital
PodTech Receives $5.5 Million in Series A Funding from US
Venture Partners and Venrock Associates
PodTech.Network, Inc., announced today that it has received
$5.5 million in Series A funding. PodTech started as a single
In the past few months PodTech has innovated and expanded the
InfoTalk model to include a new set of podcast media offerings.
With this financing announcement, PodTech is launching the following
• PodTech News: Dedicated independent podcasting news team
• PodTech InfoTalk Network: Dedicated set of PodTech original
and 3rd party podcasting content
• PodTech Sponsorship Network: Aggregated set of sponsors
and paid content
|03/16/2006 New RSS Scripts Directory for Managing Podcasts
A new RSS Scripts Directory has been launched. The
RSS Scripts Directory contains helpful scripts for managing,
manipulating and converting RSS feeds. The intent of the the
RSS Scripts Directory is to help users fully realize the potential
and functionality of the RSS specification.
NotePage's FeedForAll division has developed a collection of
tools to assist publishers interested in syndication. Current
scripts contained in the directory include RSS Cache, FutureRSS,
and RSSmesh. The RSS Cache script module expedites the retrieval
and conversion of RSS feeds into html web pages. The FutureRSS
script enables webmasters to prepare content for their RSS feeds
in advance, and have it automatically appear at the desired
date and time. The RSSmesh script allows for multiple RSS feeds
to be merged into a single RSS feed. All of the scripts dynamically
manipulate the RSS feeds, so all management occurs in realtime.
|03/15/2006 StartUpJournal.com says Podcasting is a Marketing
Barely two years old, podcasting is becoming a popular marketing
tool among businesses of all sizes, says StartupJournal.com,
The Wall Street Journal's guide for entrepreneurs.
|03/13/2006 50 Million Listeners?
eMarketer's Mike Chapman explains why early adopters listen
to podcasts, and he projects that the podcasting audience will
hit 50 million by 2010.
Joining the podcast audience requires confident use of an iPod
or MP3 player, as well as ease with the process of downloading
syndicated digital content from the internet (although podcasts
can be listened to and watched on a computer with an internet
connection, it's their portability that attracts users). This
will remain a constraint on audience size even though the number
of consumers who meet these requirements will inevitably grow
over the next few years.
The extent of immediate comfort with the technology involved
is not, however, the only factor that will determine the popularity
of podcasting. Consumers have repeatedly shown that they can
quickly overcome perceived technical issues in order to obtain
a product or service that better meets their needs. Podcasting
meets an important and proven consumer preference: it allows
users to choose when and where they "consume" their entertainment
|03/13/2006 Healthcare Education Takes a Step Forward with
Podcasting and VideoCasting
Thoracic Surgeon Grayson Wheatley created the first of it’s
kind website for the Arizona Heart Institute.
"I think we're the only institution that has video programs
freely available without subscription that anyone can access
outside of the hospital or even when you're a patient here at
our clinic," Dr. Wheatley said.
It’s a concept patients are excited about.
|03/12/2006 Apple iTunes To Sell Monthly TV Show Subscription
Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes music and video store on Wednesday
took its first step toward a monthly subscription model with
a new service called Multi-Pass that lets users buy TV shows
on a monthly basis.
The service is being launched by iTunes in partnership with
Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central cable network, which is rolling
out "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report"
on the service.
Fans will be able to buy the next month's series of 16 new episodes
via Multi-Pass for $9.99, or to pay $1.99 per episode. Four
episodes air each week and viewers can download each episode
after it's been broadcast.
|03/10/2006 Search Engine Optimization for Podcasts
Search Engine Watch has this article about
optimizing podcasts for Search Engines. This statement however
Build correct and valid feeds. "Validate your feeds with
feed validator tools," said Watlington. "Remember that iTunes
does not redistribute. So you must build a separate feed for
iTunes. I like to promote doing 3 separate feeds: a 2.0 feed,
a media feed, and an iTunes feed."
Why would you need separate feeds? iTunes and MediaRSS are namespace
extensions that can be included in an RSS 2.0 feed, only a single
feed with both namespaces included is all that is needed. Why
over complicate things, with 3 separate feeds?
|03/07/2006 Tower Records Introduces Podcasts
Tower Records is set to launch a new podcast initiative
under the name "TowerPod." It is set to be unveiled at SXSW
in Austin, TX later this month, with an official launch in the
summer. TowerPod will let individuals create podcasts using
a library of 6,000 songs for free. The music will come from
independent artists and labels, with revenue from embedded ads
in the podcasts. Ad dollars will be split between Tower, the
labels, the artists and the podcast creators.
|03/06/2006 Amex Extending Podcasts
American Express is planning to expand its podcasting services,
based on success of a recent Winter Olympic podcast. The company
said almost one in four visitors to its dedicated Winter Olympics
microsite downloaded a podcast featuring a guide to the host
The company said the success of the Turin podcast could lead
to similar projects to link customers with shops, restaurants
and other facilities.
|03/06/2006 Contemporary Art Education Through Podcast
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT) has introduced
a free podcasting service so visitors can listen to the museum's
audio guide on their iPods.
The current guide is for the No Borders exhibition of seven
young artists specializing in Japanese traditional arts, on
at the museum until March 26. The audio guide contains comments
from the curator in charge of the exhibition and the participating
|03/06/2006 Podcasting Worth Millions but Not Yet Mainstream
Podcasting has a long ways to go before it becomes a
mainstream medium, but is poised to grow exponentially through
the end of the current decade and will increasingly become an
attractive outlet for advertisers, says a new report from eMarketer.
By 2008, podcast advertising should reach $150 million, approaching
$300 million by 2010, according to the report.
Currently, despite all the hype surrounding the nascent medium,
eMarketer estimates that just 3 million Americans are active
podcast listeners, and a total of 10 million people have ever
downloaded a podcast to date.
And advertising on podcasts, "is in its infancy to put it
mildly," says Mike Chapman, eMarketer editorial director, who
authored the report. "Podcasting is not set to become a new
mass-market venue, at least for the next half decade. By way
of comparison, U.S. broadcast radio still reaches close to 200
million Americans," he said.
However, the number of podcast listeners is expected to skyrocket
over the next four years, reaching 50 million total listeners
by 2010, with 15 million or so listeners being described as
active - i.e. downloading podcasts on a weekly basis.
|03/01/2006 What Could Go Wrong With Podcasting
Predicting podcasting's future as a promotional vehicle
can make you feel like a hurricane forecaster. Consider what
has happened since podcasting first appeared on media planners'
radar screens June 29, 2005, when Apple added podcasting to
its iTunes Music Store. In the three months following, more
than 7 million podcasts were downloaded from this one aggregator.
As planners tracked the gathering winds, they saw that beginning
with the 2006 model year 30 percent of new U.S. cars would be
wired for iPods -- and so, podcasting. They then watched as
AOL launched a podcast aggregator to the 100 million unique
visitors to its network of Web properties in September. The
Guinness Book of Records noted recently that "The Ricky Gervais
Show" was averaging more than 250,000 downloads a week.
These numbers show why many seers have concluded that podcasting
will make landfall as a Category 5 cultural phenomenon ...
|03/01/2006 Podcasting could give newspapers angle they need
to tap new readers
The challenge for newspapers is not just to demonstrate
involvement in a hip new medium, but also to create content
in that medium that has a greater likelihood of connecting with
its youthful audience.
Some people say podcasting was never much new beyond the
experienced format of radio and the already established phenomenon
create, edit, and publish podcast feeds.