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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.

09/30/2006 Pluggd Searches Podcast Contents
Pluggd Inc. showed off its HearHere search software Tuesday at DEMOfall 2006, an elite tech show of emerging technologies.

By using speech recognition and semantic analysis within its media player, HearHere allows users to skip commercials at the beginning of a podcast if they choose, or bypass the baseball highlights to jump right to the football segment in a sports report.

Complete Article
09/29/2006 PodShow Gets Second Round Financing
Podshow, a company that promotes podcasts and finds sponsors for them, has raised $15 million more in a second round of venture capital from its big-name investors, following up on $8.85 million in a first round last summer.

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09/29/2006 iTunes 7 Updated
Apple Computer on September 28th released fixes for iTunes 7, the latest version of the company's music- and video-playing software that hundreds of users reported as having performance problems and other issues.

In a brief note on the iTunes support page, Apple said version 7.0.1 "addresses stability and performance issues with cover flow, CD importing, iPod syncing and more."
09/29/2006 Mark Cuban Feels YouTube a Bad Investment
Mark Cuban said what many others think:

Billionaire investor and dot-com veteran Mark Cuban had harsh words on Thursday for YouTube, the online site that lets people share video clips, saying only a "moron" would purchase the wildly popular start-up.

Cuban, co-founder of HDNet and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, also said YouTube would eventually be "sued into oblivion" because of copyright violations.

"They are just breaking the law," Cuban told a group of advertisers in New York. "The only reason it hasn't been sued yet is because there is nobody with big money to sue."

Complete Article
09/27/2006 Podcasting Professor Told to Stop
North Carolina State University Communications Professor Robert Schrag has been ordered to stop selling his lectures to students and the public as podcasts for $2.50 a pop.

Podcasting Professor Told to Stop
09/26/2006 The Story Behind SwitchPod
The story of two teenagers behind SwitchPod really shows that the Internet is faceless.

At age 17, Weina is the chief executive of her own Web-based podcast hosting company and makes an annual salary of US$40,000 for working 20 hours a week. Her office is her laptop in her parents' townhouse near North Miami Beach, Fla. She balances her work duties with doing homework for seven advanced placement classes at Krop Senior High School and applying to colleges.

SwitchPod Story
09/26/2006 iPodcast The Heart of Apple's Fight
Russell Shaw from ZDNet has a very interesting article that goes straight to the heart of Apple's trademark battle. It appears they are attempting to trademark ipodcast.

Apple itself is seeking a Trademark for "IPodcast."

Apple has been experiencing some significant difficulties getting final approval from the USPTO for the iPod trademark.

Finally, Apple has trademark applications on file for significantly expanding the iPod brand beyond devices, to other merchandise.

Interesting analysis of trademark pursuit
09/26/2006 Make Your Podcast Smaller
BizPodcasting has a great post detailing how users can make their podcast audio file smaller.

"Understand sample rate and choose an appropriate setting. Sample rate can best be described as the rate at which your audio editor "dips" into the analogue audio stream (that's you talking) and grabs a little bit of it to digitize. The higher the sample rate, the more of your analogue audio that is captured and therefore the higher quality the show and the larger the file size."

09/25/2006 Podcast of the Year and Podcast Person of the Year
Podcast & Portable Media Expo today announced that Grape Radio and Leo Laporte are the 2006 recipients of the conference's "Podcast of the Year" and "Person of the Year in Podcasting" awards, respectively.

Both awards are voted on by a five-person committee, which is comprised of active podcasters and those who work in online media. Winners will be recognized at a special reception on Friday, September 29, 2006 at 5 p.m. at the Ontario Marriott.
09/26/2006 Ricky Gervais to Retire Show
It appears Ricky Gervais views his show as a fad, and wants to leave wanting them more...

Ricky Gervais is to stop making his comedy podcasts, saying he wants to "knock it on the head for a while before everyone hates us".

News Announcement on Ricky Gervais Show
09/26/2006 The Dolphin Pod
Niche markets are embracing podcasting check out the DolphinPod

The Dolphin Pod is a weekly science podcast dedicated to all things dolphin. We will bring you up-to-date and scientifically accurate information on dolphin behavior, cognition, communication, anatomy; you name it, and we'll talk about it.
09/25/2006 Comments on Apples Trademark Claims
A very lucid post about Apple's position on defending "podcast" as part of their iPod trademark -

I guess my take on it is this. I like the term podcasting because it causes people to find out where innovation really comes from. Apple has been coasting on other people's work, as well as contributing their own, but they're not very generous when it comes to sharing the credit. I'd be inclined to work with them on this, and other things, if they would be kind to us and our creations. Instead Apple sneers at the people who gave them this innovation, and sends demand letters to members of the community.

Maybe change is something Apple should contemplate? Maybe there's a way of working with creative people outside their own company that creates a win-win, and a foundation for further innovation?

Complete Article

PS - Happy Birthday Podcasting!
09/24/2006 Apple Slaps Podcast Ready with Cease and Desist
Apple is crossing the line with this one:

Apple Computer has slapped Podcast Ready with a "cease and desist" letter, claiming that the terms "Podcast Ready" and "myPodder" infringe Apple's trademarks, and that they cause confusion among consumers. The company has been cracking down on use of the word "pod" by all sorts of parties, even though its trademark is for the word "iPod."

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09/18/2006 UN Looking for Podcasts
UNESCO, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is launching a call for submissions of video podcast proposals for a series of production grants. The deadline for submission is 15 October 2006. Grants will be up to $ 3,000.

09/18/2006 10,000 Podcasts for the Pickle
Podcast Pickle has 10,000 podcasts in their directory. Podcast Pickle, a directory of podcasts, was launched in March, 2005, and is one of the oldest podcast directories on the internet.
09/26/2006 Museum Podcast
The Isabelle Gardner Museum has released a new podcast of classical music performed live in the museum’s Tapestry Room. The new program is posted every two weeks in a podcast.
09/18/2006 DirecTV Gets Into Podcasting
DirecTV will begin producing behind-the-scenes podcasts from its CD USA original concert series. Starting Saturday, the podcasts will be available every other Saturday through DirecTV's video lounge.
09/14/2006 Cingular Podcasts
Cingular Wireless has struck a deal with podcasting service Melodeo Inc. allowing consumers to upload and listen to podcasts on their mobile phone. The Mobilcast service lets consumers search and listen to thousands of podcasts by either streaming or downloading the content.
09/13/2006 eMusic
The world's biggest online retailer of independent music has opened a European store offering unrestricted downloads.

eMusic is the second most successful download site in the US after Apple's iTunes Music Store, and will sell tracks from 8,500 independent labels.
09/12/2006 Hold The Pickle, McDonalds is Podcasting.
McDonalds is podcasting:

At McDonald's, we are committed to listen to our customers and be open and direct about the facts surrounding our people, our food and our restaurants.

In order to share the real story of McDonald's, we have created a series of podcasts. We'll be posting new podcasts every few weeks, so be sure to tune in regularly or you can subscribe to the podcast feed.

McDonalds Podcast
09/11/2006 Podcasting No Longer Just Radio
Apex has put out a white paper Podcasting No Longer Just Radio

Also, more than 9.2 million web users have recently downloaded a podcast, and it is predicted that the audience for podcasts will reach 35 million in 2008 and 50 million in 2010. There are more than 44,000 podcasts being produced today. Major companies like Volvo, Disney, Georgia Pacific, Sun and Cisco Systems have all sponsored podcasts.

Learn about these technologies and how you can utilize them the benefit your business. We hope that these Apex White Papers will provide insight into the fastest growing communication technologies on the Internet.

Podcasting No Longer Just Radio

09/07/2006 Podcasting Knowledgebase
A new podcasting knowledegebase has been posted. New questions and answers are posted daily that relate to podcasting, iTunes, and RSS. There is also a podcasting knowledgebase feed available.
09/05/2006 NEW RSS Tools
A new website RSS Tools has launched. The website contains a number of resources and references for both content publishers and podcasters.
09/05/2006 CNN Video Podcasts a Success
CNN began video podcasting in June and reports an average of more than 4 million served each month!
09/05/2006 Slander vs. Libel
WebProNews has a great overview for podcasters. It details the differences between fair use, libel and slander. The suggestion is that podcasters should read this in order to avoid lawsuits, I would go a step further and encourage all podcasters to familiarize themselves with the laws in their countries related to reporting.
09/05/2006 Coffee Cup Chat
Starbucks is launching a coffee conversation podcast :

So, you want to be a coffee expert? Join our experts each Tuesday in September for Coffee Conversations, a unique audio series exploring the world of coffee. Each week, hosts Scott McMartin and Aileen Carrell will take you to "Coffee College," and invite special guests to share their perspectives on topics such as entertaining with coffee, Fair Trade, coffee composting, home brewing, and selecting the coffee beans that end up in your cup.

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