|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
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 -
|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.
|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
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
CBC's Best of Ideas
Best Business Podcast
Financial Aid Podcast
Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life
Best Comedy Podcast
Best Family Friendly Podcast
Winner:The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd
Escape Pod Classic
Dancing with Elephants
Best Adult Podcast
Public Nuisance Radio
Most Original Concept
Cult of UHF
Tiki Bar TV
Best Music Podcast
Winner: Punky! Radio
All Axis Radio
Best Newbee Podcast
Winner: Mighty Mommy
Better L8 Than Nevr
Best Political Podcast
Winner: Truth Seekers
My History Can Beat Up Your Politics
Best Science Podcast
This Week in Science
Best Serialized Fiction Podcast
Winner: 7th Son
Failed Cities Monologues
the Heaven Series
Best Short Podcast
One Minute How
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
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
|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
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
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
Under the program, gBox will get referrals through ads Universal
will buy through search leader Google Inc., gBox Chief Executive
Tammy Artim said Friday.
|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
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
|08/06/2007 Mayo Clinic Podcasts
Free Podcasts From Mayo Clinic On Specific Medical
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:
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.
|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.
|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
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
|07/20/2007 Podcasting Advertising Organization
is an industry association focused on providing standards for
advertising and audience measurement for episodic and downloadable
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.
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
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 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.
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
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
|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
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.
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.
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
|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.
|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.
Podcasts can be used as study guides or even as class preview
for students contemplating their course selections or choice
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.