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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Is Podcasting Here to Stay?

Recently, I've been experimenting with podcasts and trying to find out what the hype is all about. Podcasting is really just creating an RSS feed with embedded audio or video links, also called enclosures. Users can download your podcast, just as they do with an RSS feed, and listen to your audio recording, such as a news channel or radio station etc. For instance, try using GetAPodcast http://www.getapodcast.com

Big deal, I can turn on my radio and hear that too, so what's the big deal?

Well, the big deal is beginning to gently sit on a little device called the iPod. The iPod plays music, namely mp3s. The iPod is tiny, light, and extremely convenient. The iPod is just like a walkman, except it doesn't pickup radio. Bingo.

Podcasts of your favorite web DJ's, radio shows, or information channels can be downloaded to your iPod. You can then go out to the gym, walk your dog, whatever, and listen to your podcasts instead of to a song.

What a revelation!

Yes, it's true. iPods are not just for listening to music, but for news and information too!

What does this mean for those of you looking to grab hold of the budding podcast technology? It means as more users purchase iPods, more users will thirst for audio other than music. People will begin seeing how darn handy it is to listen to all of their RSS feeds play while they drive their car in traffic, instead of sitting in front of the computer to read it.

What do you think? Will podcasts take off? Maybe. The technology is still too new to really tell. One thing is for sure - RSS technology is definitely beginning to make its mark.

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  • Hi. Interesting article - Is Podcasting Here to Stay?. I have a music blog myself but I don't seem to have had many people visiting lately. Just looking for inspiration really but this is great. The live 8 concert video is out today - should be fantastic. Anyhow, keep up the good work - I'll be back!

    By Blogger Teacher, at 5:20 AM  

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