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|01/30/2006 Microsoft Mulling Possible iPod Alternative
Tired of being an also-ran in the digital music arena, software
giant Microsoft is reportedly considering offering its own device.
The company ignited the discussion with its December shift of
its digital media software division and the MSN Music service
to the Entertainment ? Microsoft was noncommittal about a music
"As you may know, the recent reorganizations (both company-wide
and within E?
|01/30/2006 Apple Offers College Lectures Via Podcasts
In its latest move to broaden its iPod and iTunes franchises,
Apple Computer Inc. has introduced "iTunes U," a nationwide
expansion of a service that makes course lectures and other
educational materials accessible via Apple's iTunes software.
|01/27/2006 iTunes adds SpongeBob, Punk'd, and other MTV shows
"SpongeBob SquarePants," "South Park" and "Punk'd" are among
14 popular TV shows now available for download from the iTunes
media service under a new agreement between Apple Computer Inc.
and Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks, the companies said Thursday.
The agreement bolsters Apple's market-leading iTunes service
as an alternative conduit for television programming, adding
a range of shows from children's animated hit "Dora the Explorer"
to the violent and often vulgar "Jackass." Like others on iTunes,
the programs will cost $1.99 each.
|01/26/2006 Can video iPod lead to DMCA Reform?
Interesting perspective piece about potential reforms:
Apple Computer's video iPod may not be the first portable
movie player, but it is by far the best.
The one serious flaw in this svelte little device is how
difficult it is to load with video. Apple's otherwise handy
iTunes application flatly refuses to transfer a legally purchased
DVD to the iPod.
Don't blame Apple for this glaring oversight. You can thank
our esteemed public servants in Congress.
|01/25/2006 Recording Applications
The website at MP3
Midi Software contains a variety of applications for manipulating
and recording MP3 files. A lot of the software listed can be
used for producing and managing podcasts. Have a look.
|01/25/2006 iTunes Audience Growing
Online traffic generated by Apple's iTunes music store
rose an eye-popping 241 percent in the past year, representing
visits to the site by some 14 percent of the active U.S. Internet
population, according to a recent research report.
Nielsen//NetRatings said that there were 20.7 million unique
visits to the iTunes Web site in December 2005, skyrocketing
from 6.1 million visits in December 2004.
|01/23/2006 DCMA Tangles with DVD to iPod
IPods pre-loaded with video tread legal gray
A tiny Massachusetts company named TVMyPod is selling iPods
that come with movies and TV programs already loaded on them,
a practice that raises questions of legality as it addresses
consumer demand for convenience and portability.
Customers choose any content currently available on a DVD and
which iPod they want. TVMyPod then puts the content on the player
and ships the original DVDs along with the iPod restored to
its original packaging.
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|01/20/2006 Podcasts Teach English
Why spend your evenings in a classroom studying grammar
and sentence structure when you can learn English simply by
listening to your MP3 player?
That is the thinking behind a new program offered by a language
training center in Shanghai, which is providing free podcasts
of English discussions on its Website.
Some english professors in the city, however, say listening
to a few foreigners speaking on the Internet or an MP3 player
can't replace classroom teaching.
Ondemand training said it is the first language training center
to use podcasting to teach.
|01/20/2006 Apple Took the Hint
Apple got the message and now includes a warning with its
"MiniStore," telling subscribers that data will be sent back
Apple, and they can turn off the feature if they don't want
Apple to monitor their listening habits. Apple claims it doesn't
keep any of the information it gathers.
Apple is hot in consumer electronics, but the company has
left customers' privacy rights in the cold. The latest version
of Apple's popular iTunes music service included a pane that
listed artists and their CDs based on what a person played from
his music library. In order to provide the feature, Apple had
to grab information on a subscriber's listening habits.
The problem is Apple didn't make it clear that it was gathering
the data, which, observers say, included the Apple subscriber
ID that's tied to their credit card, mother's maiden name and
other personal information.
|01/18/2006 Podcasting Graphics
Adopt one of these Podcasting Graphics to denote your podcast.
The various colors allow users to utilize colors that match
their websites color schemes.
Alternately users can create their own custom button with this
cool free online button generator.
|01/18/2006 New Podcasting Ad Network
Kiptronic, a leading ad network for the podcasting industry,
today announced the introduction of the Kiptronic Podcast Marketplace.
The Kiptronic Podcast Marketplace represents a dynamic new way
for podcasters to connect with advertisers in an open marketplace.
Kiptronic's patent pending ad insertion technology allows
the podcasting community to add sponsorships to their content
at their pace while providing advertisers with a central exchange
where they can connect with the topical podcasts they're interested
in. The Kiptronic Podcast Marketplace provides an open approach
to developing sponsorship programs that allows the podcaster
to stay in control of their content and what type of advertising
runs on their podcasts.
|01/17/2006 Podcasting Living the Faith
Unitarian Universalist churches broadcast sermons for the
subway, coffee break, and gym.
There’s no escaping church now with sermons available for
iPods and other MP3 players.
The Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd was less than a year into her
first called ministry in the fall of 2004 when the congregation’s
webmaster introduced her to a new term––podcasting.
|01/17/2006 Bring Emotion to Marketing
I clipped the following from an article about podcasting
as its quite pertinent.
"The power to be able to express emotion and bring personality
to your marketing communication can be very powerful. From public
relation, customer relationship management, name branding, to
generating leads and sales, all can be done through the same
medium, but more powerful than the traditional text based communication."
|01/17/2006 Smart Fabric Used to Create iPod Jackets
ElekTex, a unique five-layer laminate of electrically conductive
materials that transforms fabric into an electronic touchpad,
is being used in Kenpo's Jacket for iPod.
The jacket features a 5-button switch sensor with multiple capabilities
including Play/Pause, Track Forward, Track Back, Volume Up and
Volume Down. This self-powered system requires no batteries
and supports all iPod and iPod mini models. The jacket is machine
washable and dry cleanable when the iPod and iPod connector
According to the fabric manufacturer, fabric technology replaces
hard touch pads, flexi-circuits and polymer switches that have
limited the growth of the wearable electronics market.
|01/16/2006 Privacy Hackles Up About New iTunes
A new version of Apple Computer's popular iTunes software,
released Tuesday, is drawing barbs from privacy advocates for
sending information about computer users' playlists back to
The new music software includes a "MiniStore" window, which
provides recommended links to Apple's music download service
when a listener actively clicks on a song in their personal
playlist, including songs that haven't been purchased from the
|01/16/2006 Mobile Me in The Future
Apple Computer Inc. has filed to trademark the phrase "Mobile
Me" for use in a wide range of businesses, furthering speculation
it could introduce an iPod phone.
|01/13/2006 Pod Magazine
Apparently, there is a POD magazine coming soon from the
folks at podomatic.
|01/12/2006 Levi Strauss Debuts iPod-ready Jeans
Denim giant Levi Strauss said Tuesday it had designed jeans
compatible with the iPod music player, featuring a joystick
in the watch pocket to operate the device.
The Levi's RedWire DLX Jeans for men and women, which will be
available this fall, also have a built-in docking cradle for
the iPod and retractable headphones. Pricing was not immediately
|01/11/2006 Live, from iTunes, it's Saturday Night
Newspaper reports Apple will offer archived snippets of
the sketch comedy show for $1.99 each.
Apple Computer is set to announce Tuesday that it will offer
a limited number of "Saturday Night Live" skits on its iTunes
Music Store for viewing on video iPods or personal computers,
according to a published report.
The New York Times said the company will sell the archived skits
of the NBC Universal show for $1.99 each.
|01/10/2006 Apple Sues To Save Its iPod
With Apple set to introduce new media distribution technology
at next week's Macworld Conference, the company on Wednesday
filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against
Burst.com Inc. to protect its burgeoning digital content delivery
and iPod empire.
"Burst.com approached Apple claiming that some of our products
violate their patents. But we don't agree," an Apple spokeswoman
said in a prepared statement. "Unfortunately, we've been unable
to resolve the disagreement with Burst directly. So we've asked
the court to decide."
|01/09/2006 Holocaust Museum Launches Podcast
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will podcast commentaries
“Programs will provide the latest information on global humanitarian
crises, from the genocide in Darfur to ongoing efforts to address
genocide worldwide,” said Jerry Fowler, director of the museum’s
committee on conscience, who will host the podcasts. “We hope
people will not only access these broadcasts, but join us in
our fight against genocide.” Programs may be streamed from
www.ushmm.org/conscience/podcasts. Podcasting is recording and
distributing audio files that recipients can listen to on iPods
and other devices that play digital audio recordings.
|01/09/2006 Podcasts Damage Hearing?
Who guitarist Pete Townshend warns iPod users that listening
to music through earphones could make them deaf.
Townshend's own hearing has been irreversibly damaged, which
the rocker attributes to years of using studio headphones. Townshend
says that he must now take 36-hour breaks between recording
sessions to allow his ears to recover.
Yahoo! Podcasts now supports feeds with video content, or
videocasts. You can add a video series to your personal subscriptions,
tag a vidcast, as well as rate and review videocasts.
|01/06/2006 Urge - In challenge to iTunes, Microsoft unveils
music service and other entertainment plans.
Bill Gates aims to take over your living room and late Wednesday
he unveiled a new music service and new software to do it.
Using an appearance with Justin Timberlake, the Microsoft chairman
debuted a new music service, Urge, to directly compete with
the iTunes music store and interface. Urge launches with over
2 million tracks for purchase or as part of an all-you-can eat
subscription, an option the iTunes music store doesn't have.
The offering will include exclusive material from MTV, though
it will not be compatible with iPods, which are currently the
most popular MP3 player.
|01/05/2006 Podcasting: Transforming Middle Schoolers Into
The 57 seventh-graders in Halderson’s classes are learning
to create podcasts as a natural component of their interdisciplinary,
thematic curriculum. They perform the same regular curricular
functions as other students at the school, and gladly do the
extra work necessary to produce their podcasts. It matters not
whether the topic of learning is science, history, mathematics,
language arts, or any combination thereof. Students become thorough
researchers, then report their findings in a recorded audio
format rather than merely as a written report. The students
see themselves as broadcasters, and they get a thrill when their
recordings are placed on the iTunes Music Store for anyone,
anywhere in the world, to listen to on an iPod.
|01/04/2006 Disney adds more shows for Apple's iTunes
The Walt Disney Co. is adding content from its ESPN channel
and ABC sports to the shows it already sells on Apple Computer
Inc.'s market-leading iTunes online music and video store.
Walt Disney said on Tuesday that the content will include condensed
versions of all four U.S. Bowl Championship Series college football
games this season, as well as content from ABC Entertainment,
Touchstone Television, ABC Family, ABC News, Buena Vista Television,
the Disney Channel and SOAPnet.
|01/03/2006 iTunes and MediaRSS Details
launched a namespace directory. The namespace directory
includes details on the iTunes namespace extension and Yahoo's Media RSS.for podcasting.
This is a great attempt at tracking namespaces as they emerge.
|01/03/2006 Binghamton University Adopts Podcasting
Binghamton University has been talking about podcasting
for the past year, said James Wolf, director of academic computing
The technology could give professors a way to store classroom
lectures, one of the more popular uses of podcasting.
And students could catch up on notes with the click of a
"We are very committed to researching new technologies to
leverage their potential to see how can we use them to support
teaching and learning," said Susan Currie, the university's
associate director of public services.
In 2004, Duke University gave free iPods to incoming freshmen
as an initiative to increase technology in the classroom.
|01/02/2006 Podcasts Recruiting Christians - Church Attendance
Church leaders say internet downloads, as well as podcasts
have encouraged more people to attend church services. Online
sermons from the Bridge Chapel Christian church in Liverpool
have led to a surge in worshippers attending in person, according
to a report from the Daily Post.
|01/02/2006 Librarian Hopes To Attract Teens Via Radio Podcasting
the Cheshire Public Library is jumping on the pod bandwagon.
Starting in January, the new and improved section of the teen
library is developing brand new programming to entice teens
and young adults to spend their time at a place notoriously
known for quiet time and novel reading. Podcasts is just one
program to harness in a group of young adults that has been
neglected, nationally, in the public library sector.
Sarah Morgan started at the Cheshire Public Library in August
and has taken the new position of teen librarian. Her focus
is on teens and young adults and she is trying to broaden not
only the teen book collection but the programming as well. With
the surge in technology over the past 10 years, she caught wind
of the interest teens show in new technologies and thought Podcasting
would be a great way to attract the young adults.
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