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A Podcasting Blog from Podcasting Tools - Daily Podcasting News and Information for Podcasters and Listeners.

Daily Podcasting Blog and news related to podcasting, RSS, podcast news and aggregation. Information related to podcasts are added on a daily business and cover the gamut, from new podcast product announcements, podcast directories, marketing for podcasters and much, much more.

05/31/2005 Tivo for Radio
TIVO FOR RADIO. What does podcasting mean to you? For one, it's a new convenience. Listeners who miss favorite radio shows, such as National Public Radio's On the Media, can download the programs and catch up with them on their weekend jog. At this basic level, podcasting gives you what you want when you're ready to listen: It's TiVo for radio -- and it's free.  (atleast right now it is)

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05/31/2005 Association of Musical Podcasters
AMP was formed in January 2005 to unite podcasters who play awesome, legally available independent music.

Each AMP member has his or her own unique podcast show, but they all share a passion for getting great new music heard, and they believe AMP helps everyone: music listeners, bands and labels, podcasters, and podcast service providers.

Association of Musical Podcasters
05/31/2005 New Geo-Specific Podcaster Association
The New Jersey Podcasters Association welcomes all podcasters, wannabe podcasters, and podcast listeners from the Garden State.

The association, will be a gathering of any and all Garden State podcasters, where they can share experience, generate ideas, and plain out have a good time.

They will meet informally once a month at a predetermined location to talk about the technology, politics, history, and who knows what else. Maybe they will even podcast meetings!
05/30/2005 The Podcast Hotel Opening in September
On Sept. 6 and 7, the Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Or., will become a podcast and videoblog studio. Rooms will be for recording, editing and producing. The court yard will be a media lounge. The underground club will be for podcast concerts. And the city of Portland will become the stage.

The stage will be set not just in Portland but around the world, where podcasters and video bloggers will document their work and their communities for inclusion in the Podcast Hotel. Itís an extended event that will celebrate not just podcasting and video blogging but the ability of us all to create in whole new ways.
05/30/2005 Podcasts Paying Off
Major advertisers like Volvo and General Motors are making noise about, and with, podcasts. Volvo paid Weblogs Inc. $60,000 to sponsor the Autoblog.com Web log and podcast for six months, BusinessWeek Online reported. Four months into the deal, the podcast, an audio program that can be downloaded from the Internet, has been retrieved 20,000 times.
05/26/2005 Bickering among the Pod Squad
Interesting article about the personalities involved in the creation of podcasting as a medium.

In one corner: high-tech legend Dave ''The Geek" Winer, who claims to have launched the first podcasts in 2003 when he was a fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for the Internet & Society. Across the ring: Adam ''Pretty Boy" Curry, a former MTV music presenter, tabloid celebrity in Holland (don't ask), supercool helicopter pilot, and promoter extraordinaire, who just started hosting a Sirius satellite radio show devoted to podcast music, comedy sketches, commentaries, monologues, etc.

Complete Article


05/24/2005 Corante and Alex Williams
At the recent Syndicate Conference I had the opportunity to chat with Alex Williams from Corante. The Corante site focuses on information related to podcasting and contains short podcasts and snippets. The site is really well designed and something we can all learn from.

Check out Corante
05/23/2005 Podcaster Con Logo Contest
Podcaster Con has announced a logo contest.

All persons entering the PodcasterCon.org Logo Design Contest must be 18 years of age. Any member of the contest judging panel or any member of his or her immediate family is ineligible to enter. The contest is open to all citizens of the planet Earth. A valid physical mailing address must be included in email with graphics submissions. All laws and ordinances of your home country, state, providence, town, or locality must apply.

Additional details
05/23/2005 New Services Translate News Feeds Into Podcasts
As interest in podcasting builds, news services are emerging to help deliver web-based text information as audio podcasts.

Two new services, Talkr and Speakwire, promise to take RSS news feeds from blogs and other sources, and convert them into audio podcasts.

The services provide a new option for creating podcast content and generating audio versions of web content.

Talkr provides a service that allows you to listen to your favorite text-only news sources rather than read them. It converts RSS feeds from text to speech.

Speakwire gathers news feeds from the prominent news organisations around the world and delivers it to computers as an audio summary of events from news, politics, business, sport, fashion etc.

05/22/2005 Source for Legally Free Music
Podcasters looking for podcast-legal music have a new option. Online netlabel Kahvi Collective has announced that its "open source" electronic music is "completely free for distribution and use via internet radio stations and podcasts".

The music, created by unsigned artists, is released freely to give new artists a way to get their music heard.

The Kahvi Collective is a London, UK netlabel that specializes in electronic music, including instrumental, idm, chill, ambient, and experimental. It was founded in 1997 and has over 145 releases available by artists from around the world.
05/16/2005 Light Posting
This week's blog posts will be light as we will be in attendance at the Syndicate Conference in New York City.
05/16/2005 Podcasters Finding Religion
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 percent," 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.
05/16/2005 Papers Turn to 'Podcasting' In Bid to Draw More Readers
According to the Wall Street Journal -

"College student Noelle Leavitt drags herself out of bed at 3:30 a.m. each weekday to read highlights from the Denver Post into a microphone hooked up to a computer in her basement. The audio file is then posted on the newspaper's Web site, where readers can download a "podcast" that can be played on a computer or a portable music player."

Complete article - Papers Turn to Podcasting

05/13/2005 RSS and Podcasting in Business
Download the The Real Business Case for RSS PDF and really begin to understand the power of RSS. The detailed PDF is 29 pages long and really is a great introduction to RSS, detailing why every business should find a way to integrate RSS into their existing communication channel.

The PDF is an overview of the raises interesting issues, and should make every marketer take notice:

"But RSS is such a tool. Misunderstood by most marketers, overlooked by many end-users, it has the potential to power the entire Internet marketing mix. It is not the solution to all of our problems, but it is the one tool that can have the most profound affect on our Internet marketing and business results in 2005 and beyond."
05/13/2005 Gates sees mobile phones overtaking iPods
Microsoft founder Bill Gates sees mobile phones overtaking MP3s as the top choice of portable music player, and views the raging popularity of Apple's iPod player as unsustainable, he told a German newspaper.

"As good as Apple may be, I don't believe the success of the iPod is sustainable in the long run," he said in an interview published in Thursday's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

"You can make parallels with computers: Apple was very strong in this field before, with its Macintosh and its graphics user interface -- like the iPod today -- and then lost its position," Gates said.
05/11/2005 Podcasters May Be Overlooking Huge Legal Risks in the Fine Print
A legal task force at the International Nanocasting Association (INA - www.nanocasting.org) sounded an alert to its members today about legal exposure that may be unforeseen by podcasters moving into the commercial arena. The alert focuses on the fine print in the terms and conditions of use for podcasters submitting their audio programs for broadcast on Infinity's KYOU Radio, the world's first podcasting radio station.

According to Michael Leventhal, one of three attorneys on the INA's Nanocasting Legal Task Force, mixing mash ups, inexperienced content producers, a high profile broadcaster and corporate lawyers is a prescription for an expensive legal battle in which the content producer is most at risk.

Leventhal points to clauses in the agreement intended to protect Infinity Broadcasting and shift legal exposure to the content provider. Specifically referencing the indemnification clause, Leventhal described the terms as, "Many words that basically mean that if you do what you may not, and Infinity gets sued, you are on the hook--legal fees, damages, the whole thing.

Complete Article - Podcasters May Be Overlooking Huge Legal Risks
05/10/2005 iPod Vending Machine Spotted at Airport
Frequent air travellers live on the move, they need their music and they need their air miles - and like their music.

Spotted (by Mahmood Al-Yousif) at Atlanta Airport has been the first of what could maybe one day be many iPod vending machines. While not a 100 per cent iPod-dedicated device (the machine also sells batteries, phone cards, prepaid phones and printer cartridges), the existence of the vending machine does underline the mass market commoditization that's taking place around the product.

Apparently, when a customer inserts their credit card to acquire a music player on an impulse buy (or to placate spouses or progeny after a long trip), a robot arm selects the device and drops it gently to the serving hatch.

Complete Article
05/10/2005 PalmOne Intends to Challenge iPod
PalmOne Inc. is expected next week to unveil a digital media device to rival the iPod, as the maker of hand held computers and mobile phones shoots for a piece of the growing market for portable music and video.

The device, which may be called "PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager" is already on display at Amazon.com, although the retailer says it is "currently not available."

05/09/2005 Chicago's NBC5 Offer's Podcasts
Chicago's NBC5 has announced that it is now podcasting. NBC5 calls itself the "first major market TV station in the country to offer daily podcasts".

NBC5 is offering three podcasts: the NBC5 News Podcast, the NBC5 HealthWatch Podcast and the NBC5 Entertainment Podcast.

NBC5 News Podcast
The NBC5 News Podcast consists of three separate shows, NBC5 News Today, Afternoon Custom Podcast and Weekend Web Guys. New content is added seven days a week. The News Podcast features the latest news and weather, exclusive podcast interviews, the latest tech information, and more.

Podcast Details
05/09/2005 Changing Apple iPod Batteries
Apple ipod is a great mp3 player, but it's the battery that leaves the consumers a little concerned. The battery is in a closed compartment and not end-user serviceable. Other mp3 devices in the market have a more accessible battery compartment, so if the battery runs out during a long trip, it can be replaced easily. You can open the ipod battery compartment by using a screwdriver but that will render your warranty null and void. But this method doesn't allow you to replace the battery during long trips.

How to Change iPod Batteries
05/06/2005 The founding fathers of podcasting have different views : Podcasting: Art Versus Commerce
The two people who are generally acknowledged as the fathers of podcasting, Adam Curry and David Winer, are still at the center of its evolution. But now they're at odds over podcasting as a business model. Winer, a prominent software developer who wrote the RSS 2.0 specification that powers podcasting, is against commercialization of podcasts. Curry, best known as one of the first MTV VJs, sees a big opportunity and has launched a company to pursue it.

Complete Article
05/04/2005 Disney + Podcasting = The Future
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."

Disney hired Michael Geoghegan to take care of its anniversary podcast. The self-proclaimed podcaster has his own show titled "Reel Reviews" where he waxes about films worth watching. Geoghegan entered the podcast arena in October, realizing that the technology plays a big role in easing the transfer of audio files.

"It also ensures that people can listen on their own terms," said Geoghegan, still giddy from his recently inked deal with Disney.
05/05/2005 Podcasters are Looking for Guests for their Shows
Authors, experts and interview subjects are always looking for more exposure for books, websites and other projects.

Now to fill both of those needs there is PodcastGuests.com.

It is a simple concept: podcasters and potential guests simply register to be included in the online database. Then, either can browse by podcast or guest category to contact and arrange appearances. Up until the official launch, all registrations are free for both podcasters and guests.
05/03/2005 BirdPod is an Apple iPod loaded with 372 bird songs of Eastern North America.
MightyPods announces the release of birdPod, an Apple iPod equipped for use as a portable field guide to bird songs.

BirdPod is an Apple iPod loaded with playlists of bird songs made from the Stokes Field Guide To Bird Songs, Eastern Region. The birdPod software organizes the recordings for effective use in the field and for the learning of bird songs at home.
Features include:

- Playlists of bird songs by habitat and bird family groupings.
- Efficient organization of bird song tracks so that particular bird songs can be found and played back quickly.
- Additional useful data such as descriptions of bird songs and scientific names of birds.

BirdPod can be obtained at the birdPod web site: http://www.ibirdpod.com/.
05/02/2005 Curry gets Sirius about podcasting Former MTV VJ to produce show for satcaster
Sirius Satellite Radio is jumping on the podcast bandwagon, signing the godfather of the movement, Adam Curry.


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