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Podcasts Part 2

06.28.2005

Big Mouth

I'll admit that my other post on Podcasts was probably a bit unfair. I did not listen to many and I really didn't understand why they were getting the big media attention from Apple.

Since that post, I started checking out podcasts. I started with the one Apple plugged: Adam Curry's Daily Source Code, which I found to be interesting. It still had a professional, radio DJ feel, well, because Adam was a DJ for MTV at some point. Probably the best part was the freedom of what he would or could say that you typically would not hear on any radio station (on public airwaves). From this podcast I found more and more. Depending on what you want to hear about, there is quite an abundance of podcasts out there.

Probably my favorite one is Madge Weinstein's Yeast Radio [which is not for the faint of heart if you don't like profanity, rants on technology, rants on the government, or anything dealing with lesbians]. There's many, many, many more if you are looking for something. And if you visited Madge's site and now feel dirty, go here and cleanse away.

Apple released iTunes 4.9 (free download for both Windows and Mac) today, and one of the new features is allowing you to subscribe to podcasts in iTunes and search for them with their directory. For podcasters, this is a big thing. For listeners, this is a big thing. For business, this is a big thing.

Just like how blogs offered a lot of possibilities for what they could be, podcasts offer also a great abundance of possibilities. Of course podcasts can be funny and personal, but if they are put together well, anyone can produce an informative broadcast that helps or informs listeners and it doesn't take a lot of investment to get started.

Will this really amount to anything, or is it just hype right now? it's always hard to say, and just like blogs, podcasts do require a lot of time and energy to maintain. If speaking is more your forte, than writing, then maybe they will be easier to produce then a blog. Whatever it maybe, podcasts have been unleashed on the public on a big level and I won't be surprised if you start hearing a lot more press on them and a lot more questions and issues. I'm sure this won't be the last post on podcasts from me either.


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