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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.

09/26/2007 Coffee and Tunes
Does it really get any better?

Next week, when Starbucks launches a service that will let customers buy music from Apples iTunes Store over a wireless connection, the coffee company expects to mark the occasion by giving millions of songs away.


Starting next Monday, October 2nd, and running through November 7th, Starbucks plans to offer its customers Song of the Day cards that can be redeemed through the end of the year at Apples iTunes Store for a specifically chosen song.

Starbucks said that it will give away about 50 million songs over the course of the month-long promotion, which will take place at some 10,000 Starbucks stores across the U.S.
09/25/2007 Apple Says Hacked iPhones May Not Work After Next Software Update
Apple says that iPhones that have been hacked may not work after the next software update. Oh yeah Apple also says they are not intentionally trying to break hacked phones - yeah right.
09/24/2007 Voiding an iPhone Warranty
Hacking a device, iPhone or anything else, whether it be a hardware or a software hack, is likely to end up voiding your warranty. That should come as no surprise to anyone — well, it probably does, and will, to some of those who will try to get their hacked iPhones serviced.

A colleague of ZDNet writer Jason D. OGrady recently tried to return an iPhone which had been hacked and was using T-Mobile service. They said they would blacklist the phone, so that he could not take it anywhere for service or return in the future. Only after sweet-talking the manager was he able to return it, but with a 10% restocking fee.

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09/24/2007 60 Minutes on iTunes
The audio track of CBS's 60 Minutes will be available free at Apples iTunes Store and the CBS News website from 11:00 p.m. on the day of the telecast beginning next Sunday, the network announced Thursday. 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager told Broadcasting & Cable: 60 Minutes is perfect for this kind of audio podcasting.
09/06/2007 An Excellent Response to Will Podcasting Survive?
Podcasting News has posted an excellent response to Read/WriteWeb and their analysis of whether podcasting will survive. Well worth a read!
09/04/2007 Annonymous iPhone Hack for Sale
CNN reports details of a group of anonymous programmers who are planning to sell iPhone unlocking software on the Internet. They demonstrated the software hack for CNN and had a T-Mobile sim card working moments after removing the AT&T sim card. This is bound to stir up a lot of controversy: in the US iPhones are supposed to work only on the AT&T network in the first two years according to their agreement with Apple.

Anonymous iPhone Hack
09/03/2007 How to Publish a Podcast
A Podcast can be just about anything you want it to be. For authors, a popular Podcast format is to be interviewed. For business coaches and other non-fiction books, hosting your own Podcast once a week or every two weeks is also a good strategy. Like blogging, you need to Podcast on a regular basis so listeners will subscribe to your feed and consequently begin building your database of potential customers.

How to Publish a Podcast
08/30/2007 Listen to Your Customers
This applies to podcast listeners as well as traditional customers. Listen to what they are saying and adjust your podcast accordingly.

Mastering the art of managing customer complaints can seem like a thankless job, but keep in mind that for every customer that shares their worries, concerns or complaints, there are likely more that did not express their dissatisfaction, and instead simply moved on to a competitor. Customer complaints can, and should be treated as opportunities.

Listen to Your Customers
08/29/2007 Voice Over Tips for Blog
For a start, it would help if we all had one of those voice-over voices like you hear in film trailers and advertisements.
That is not as hard as you might think. Sure, you may not have a deep, sonorous voice that makes Nicolas Cage actually seem heroic, but that is not necessary. The real trick- and it is a trick - is to learn how to highlight particular phrases and be consistent in your speech.

More Voice Over Tips
08/29/2007 Correction - Podcast Peer Awards Announced
Congratulations to the winners of the Podcast Peer Awards. This is a corrected post. The date on the award winners was not accurately marked on the website and last years winners were linked to. This is the current list.

Winners are listed at the top of each category, followed by the other finalists (in no particular order)

Favorite Audio Podcast

Winner: Grammar Girl

Other Finalists:
Cast On
CBC's Best of Ideas


Best Business Podcast

Winner: The Financial Aid Podcast

Other Finalists:
Money Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life
The Podcast Brothers


Best Comedy Podcast

Winner: Comedy4Cast

Other Finalists:
Teknikal Diffikulties
The AndyCast
Punky Radio


Best Family Friendly Podcast

Winner:The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd

Other Finalists:
Griddlecakes Radio
Escape Pod Classic
Dancing with Elephants
Digger's Story


Best Adult Podcast

Winner: Swingercast

Other Finalists:
Twilight & Thebes
Nobilis Erotica
Savage Love
Public Nuisance Radio


Most Original Concept

Winner: Barely Podcasting

Other Finalists:
Cult of UHF
Barely Podcasting
Drivetime
Alive In Baghdad
Tiki Bar TV


Best Music Podcast

Winner: Punky! Radio

Other Finalists:
All Axis Radio
musicNerve
Eclectic Mix
Audio Gumshoe


Best Newbee Podcast

Winner: Mighty Mommy

Other Finalists:
Callbox 7
Better L8 Than Nevr


Best Political Podcast

Winner: Truth Seekers

Other Finalists:
Israelisms
My History Can Beat Up Your Politics


Best Science Podcast

Winner:Skepticality

Other Finalists:
Logically Critical
This Week in Science


Best Serialized Fiction Podcast

Winner: 7th Son

Other Finalists:
Failed Cities Monologues
Nina Kimberly The Merciless
the Heaven Series
Dismay


Best Short Podcast

Winner: comedy4cast

Other Finalists:
One Minute How To
Podictionary
Mighty Mommy
Short Cummings

More on the Podcast Peer Winners
08/27/2007 Unofficial iPhone Hack Opens it to Europe
A 17-year-old hacker has broken the lock that ties Apples iPhone to AT&T's wireless network, freeing the most hyped cell phone ever for use on the networks of other carriers, including overseas ones.

George Hotz of Glen Rock, N.J., spent his last summer before college figuring out how to  unlock the iPhone, freeing it from being restricted to a single carrier, AT&T Inc.

The procedure, which the 17-year-old posted on his blog Thursday, raises the possibility of a cottage industry springing up to buy iPhones, unlocking them and then selling them to people who don't want AT&T service or can not get it, particularly overseas.

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08/26/2007 iPhone Locked in Legal Issues
Fear of litigation has led to an indefinite delay in the planned Saturday release of software to unlock Apple iPhones.


John McLaughlin, founder of Uniquephones, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, said Saturday that he received a phone call about 3 a.m. Saturday local time from a man claiming to be from OMelveny & Myers LLP, an international law firm, calling on behalf of AT&T. The firm has worked with Apple in the past.

The man informed McLaughlin that if he posted the unlock code, he could be sued for copyright infringement and for dissemination of Apples intellectual property.
08/17/2007 Podcamp Boston
PodCamp Boston 2 is scheduled to be held October 26 - 28, 2007 at the Boston Convention and Expo Center, I may have a conflict that will prohibit me from attending but I am certainly hoping someone from our staff will be able to attend.

PodCamp is an UnConference that helps connect people interested in blogging, podcasting, social networks, video on the net, and new media together for three days to learn, share, and grow their new media skills.
08/15/2007 John Lennon on iTunes
Apple Inc said on Tuesday it would offer the entire solo catalog of John Lennon on iTunes in its second such deal with one of the Beatles, who have been among the highest-profile holdouts to put tunes online.

Apple Inc. has begun selling downloads of tracks from 16 of John Lennons post-Beatles albums, including Working Class Hero and John Lennon -Plastic Ono Band, on iTunes, the company said Tuesday.
08/14/2007 gBox Another iTunes Competitor
Add gBox Inc. to the growing list of online music services hoping to chip away at iTunes dominance.


The Cupertino, Calif., startup was forced out of a stealth mode when Universal Music Group announced late Thursday it would test sales of some digital music without the customary copy-protection technology.

Under the program, gBox will get referrals through ads Universal will buy through search leader Google Inc., gBox Chief Executive Tammy Artim said Friday.

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08/09/2007 3 Billion Songs
Apple Inc. said last week sales at its online music store iTunes have topped 3 billion songs.
08/08/2007 AC DC Snubs iTunes
AC DC is finally selling its music digitally. But not on iTunes. AC DC Music will be available through Verizon.
08/07/2007 New Music on Phone Plan
In a joint announcement, AT&T and eMusic on Tuesday launched a new mobile music service for AT&T subscribers that uses a different—and potentially crippling—pricing model.


The new service lets AT&T customers preview and purchase music directly from their handsets, with access to an estimated catalog of 2.7 million over-the-air tracks. That makes it the largest wireless music catalog available, according to eMusic. Once a subscriber purchases a song, it is downloaded directly to the cell phone. Meanwhile, a duplicate copy is also available for downloading to a users PC later on.

However, there's a twist: with the new eMusic Mobile service, users don't buy tracks on an individual basis. They also don't subscribe to the service and rent access to the entire catalog, a la Napster-To-Go. Instead, the eMusic Mobile service charges $7.49 per month for a subscription; once subscribed, a user can download any five DRM-free tracks in MP3 format from the full catalog.

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08/06/2007 Mayo Clinic Podcasts
Free Podcasts From Mayo Clinic On Specific Medical Problems

Mayo Clinic is launching a series of new free audio podcasts so people can learn more about diseases or conditions that interest them through in-depth discussions with Mayo Clinic experts.


The first six categories for these extended discussions include Heart Disease, Cancer, Bones and Muscles, Womens Health, Mens Health and Childrens Health.
08/03/2007 Submit Podcasts
There are a lots of topical feed directories and most of them accept podcasts as well. Submit your topical podcasts to the following niche feed and podcast directories:

Religious Podcasts
Medical Podcasts
Educational Podcasts
Political Podcasts
Security Podcasts
Financial Podcasts
Sports Podcasts
Government Podcasts (only government agencies)
Real Estate Podcasts

Adding your topical podcasts will help target a niche audience and increase the link popularity of your podcast.
08/02/2007 Podcast Audio Recording Tips
Tips for making the most out of your Podcast

Before you begin podcasting develop a plan and a format for your show. Determine the focus of your podcast and what types of guests you would like to interview. Time spent planning your show will contribute to its success.
08/01/2007 Apple Files Trademark for a Podcasting Image
On July 26, the US Patent and Trademark Office published Apples second trademark of the day which is that of a new symbol filed under application number 77235043. Apple simply describes the mark as consisting of a stylized person or antenna surrounded by concentric circles/broadcast waves. The new symbol is currently being used in context with podcasting.

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07/30/2007 Best Sound Program for 2007
RecordForAll competed for the coveted prize against ALSong by ESTsoft, DAccord iChords by DAccord Music Software and Winamp Pro by NullSoft. RecordForAll emerged as the overall winner collecting the largest number of votes in the  Best Sound Programcategory for the year 2007.

07/28/2007 IBM Posted Podcasting Code of Conduct
IBM implemented a code of conduct for employees contemplating podcasting. Most of the items make sense for anyone who has a corporate job.
07/27/2007 Peoples Choice Podcast Awards Announced
The nominations for the Peoples Choice Podcasting Awards are in. The nominations really cover the spectrum from well-known to not so well known.There are 10 nominees in each category.  Voting will open on July 28th and close on August 11, 2007.
07/26/2007 iPhone Numbers Disappoint
AT&T Inc. wiped some of the glow off Apple iPhone on Tuesday, releasing numbers that showed fewer people than expected signed up for service in the first two days of the multimedia cell phone's release.


AT&T — the iPhone exclusive carrier — said it activated 146,000 iPhones on June 29 and 30, a number that disappointed investors following some analyst forecasts that Apple would sell 500,000 or more iPhones in its first weekend.

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07/24/2007 Podcasting Knowledgebase
Got questions about podcasting? Do not be afraid to ask! Questions and answers are visible in the Podcasting Knowledgebase. Questions are answered every few days and they cover the gamut!
07/24/2007 iPhone Security Issues
Hackers could take control of an iPhone if its owner visits a doctored Web site or Internet hotspot, security researchers reported Monday.


The vulnerability of the vaunted device, Apple Inc first cell phone, is only theoretical for now. There are no reports of criminals actually taking advantage of the security glitch to remotely access an iPhone.

But if it were exploited, hijacked iPhones could be very useful to the same gangs that take over personal computers and use them to disseminate spam, said Charlie Miller, principal security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, which discovered the flaw.

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07/20/2007 Podcasting Advertising Organization
ADM is an industry association focused on providing standards for advertising and audience measurement for episodic and downloadable media.

ADM has a mission statement:

To provide leadership in and organization of advertising and audience measurement standards, research, education and advocacy to all those involved in portable media (Podcasts/ATOM/RSS media enclosures) across the Internet, iPods, MP3 players, mobile devices, P2P and other upcoming platforms.
07/19/2007 PoducateMe
This PoducateMe guide looks pretty comprehensive for those interested in learning the ins and outs of podcasting.
07/19/2007 Podcasting Real Estate - NYTimes
House and apartment listings that are read aloud so they can be loaded onto an iPod player for the morning commute; video tours of faraway villas, accessible with the click of a mouse. Video and audio file-sharing, technologies already so popular for entertainment and communications, are giving real estate buyers and sellers a variety of new tools for finding and marketing properties.

It is in American real estate that the sharing of audio and video files over the Internet has caught on most quickly — with video tours of homes now widely available — but property markets in the rest of the world also are beginning to embrace the idea.

The popularity of the Apple iPod and other digital media players now has consumers comfortable with the idea of carrying their favorite audio — and, more recently, video — selections wherever they go. At the same time, the growth of Web sites like YouTube and of Internet podcasts of radio, television and online content has made uploading and downloading files routine for many people.

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Real Estate Feeds and Podcasts
07/10/2007 Lawyers Use RSS and Podcasting
Lawyers have never been known as a technical bunch, but more and more often you see a lawyer with a palm pilot making appointments and a blackberry for those urgent messages. Electronic gadgets are now common in the courthouses across the US. Lawyers have increased productivity by utilizing technology so it should come as no surprise that lawyers are using RSS feeds as a means to grow and manage their practices.

How Lawyers Use RSS and Podcasting
07/09/2007 Web Access is Achilles Heel for iPhone
Complaints about the speed of the network that Apples new iPhone connects to points to the need for a new broadband wireless network in the U.S.


The iPhone uses ATTs EDGE network, which ATT says averages speeds of 100 kilobits to 150 kilobits per second. But one review in the Wall Street Journal called the network pokey, and a review in the New York Times called the network excruciatingly slow, saying users may almost ache for a dial-up modem.
07/09/2007 iPhone Hack Publicized
Hacker Jon Lech Johansen, known widely as DVD Jon, has cracked Apples iPhone activation, or so he claims, meaning that iPhone buyers will be able to activate and use the new handset without having to commit to an AT&T wireless contract. Johansen announced his feat in a blog post entitled iPhone Independence Day.


The Norwegian cracker initially made a name for himself eight years ago when he cracked the encryption code on DVDs. And last year, he cracked the digital rights management code that prevents iPod users from playing songs purchased from competing online music stores.

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07/03/2007 iPhone Glitches
AT&T Inc said on Monday delays in activating service for customers of Apple Inc iPhone had been mostly resolved after the wireless company worked out the problems on a case-by-case basis.


About 2 percent of those who bought iPhones since they went on sale Friday faced delays in activation with AT&T, the exclusive U.S. service provider for the widely anticipated cell phone, according to a source familiar with the matter.
07/03/2007 Twittergrams
Dave Winer of RSS fame has introduced the TwitterGram and a TwitterGram web service, which lets you send 200K MP3 sound files instead of text messages.
07/03/2007 Podcast Awards
Nominations for the Podcast Awards are open until July 5th! 2007 Podcast Awards Nominations are now open. You get one chance to Nominate the shows of your choosing. Please fill out the nomination form completely before submitting.
07/02/2007 Podcast Peer Awards
There's only two weeks left to vote for nominations for the third Podcast Peer Awards. You can vote for the existing nominees, or nominate someone who has been overlooked.

The top five qualifying nominees in each category will go to the final round of voting, where over 500 PPA members will pick the best of the best.

07/02/2007 DragonCon Podcasting and Parsec Awards
According to their website DragonCon is one of the largest fan and culture conferences in the world. They are running a conference and hosting podcast awards August 31-September 3rd.
07/02/2007 EUTube
The European Commission is turning to video-sharing Web site YouTube.com to disseminate information about the workings of the European Union to its citizens, through a new channel on the site called EUtube, it announced Friday.
06/27/2007 Podcasting History
Silicon User reviews  Podcasting History and details how podcasting emerged.
06/27/2007 What is Podsafe Music
Detailed article about Podsafe Music.

The licensor of any podsafe work must be legally capable of making it so. An artist cannot distribute his or her own work through a podsafe license if doing so would break any laws or breach any standing agreements (e.g. with the RIAA). The creator of a derivative work may also not claim this work podsafe without express permission from the original copyright holders. (PMN has more specific and stringent terms to this effect in its agreement.) Another point of contention is that not all podcasts are non-commercial works; in fact, an increasing number of podcasts are taking on sponsors and looking to make a profit. In general, no significant distinction is yet made between podsafe for non-commercial use and podsafe for commercial use, but it could easily arise at any moment.
06/12/2007 Apples Developer Connection on RSS and Podcasting
Apple Developer Connection takes a stab at explaining RSS and podcasting. They recommend solutions for reading, aggregating and creating RSS feeds.
06/12/2007 Podcasting Camp
Apple is opening all its UK stores to run free summer camps for kids aged eight to 12 who want to learn how to use Macs.

The two-and-a-half hour workshops include podcasting, iWeb and iPhoto, music and movies, and children are allowed to sign up for two out of the four camps.
06/11/2007 Podcast U
Virtual students are taking off:

The 38-year-old stay-at-home mom has never visited the campus outside San Francisco, bought a textbook or taken a test. And when she completes a course, she gets no credit other than the satisfaction of learning as a student at the burgeoning online institution some are calling Podcast U.

Podcast U
06/05/2007 Podcasting in Education Takes Off
Academia has embraced RSS as a means to educate, but scrutinizing how educational institutions are using RSS feeds in their daily routines show RSS is utilized can vary across different industries.

Podcast Lectures
Podcasts can be used as study guides or even as class preview for students contemplating their course selections or choice of professors.

Podcasting and RSS in Education
06/05/2007 Tool Factory Podcasting Grant
Tool Factory in partnership with Olympus America, Inc., is sponsoring a podcasting grant designed to strengthen education through the use of podcasting technology. Describe your project and win one of ten podcasting grants to be awarded!

Tool Factory Podcasting Grant
06/05/2007 iPhone on Sale June 29th
Apple Inc. will start selling its iPhone on June 29, a debut that will test whether the design success with Mac computers and iPod media players can carry over into mobile handsets.


Apple announced the date on Sunday, with three television commercials showing off the phones large touchscreen and ability to watch video, play music and display photos.
06/04/2007 Foreign Language Music in iTunes
Apples iTunes Music Store is introducing a new original programming feature designed to promote foreign-language music in its stores around the world, Billboard has learned.
05/30/2007 Submit Your Podcast
The list of sites to which you can submit your podcast for directory listings and podcast search indexing is growing. Be sure to submit your podcast to all the podcast directories.

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