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|02/27/2006 PRWeb Introduces Podcasting as PR Alternative
PRWeb, the leading press release visibility company, has
introduced a podcasting service to its press release distribution
platform. PRWeb is the first major newswire to offer press release
podcast interviews to its users.
The podcast service through PRWeb.com and PRWebPodcast.com,
launched today, is offered free of charge to PRWeb users with
press releases distributed at the popular SEO Tools distribution
Featuring recorded interviews about press releases submitted
by PRWeb users, the PRWebPodcast service brings news releases
to life. PRWeb staff members will visit with users and/or their
clients and discuss their news in a brief five- to seven-minute
telephone interview. The PRWeb team then creates a recording
through an in-house production process that makes the PRWeb
user the centerpiece of the podcast. Once production is complete,
PRWeb works to promote the podcast episodes on PRWebPodcast
and elsewhere on the Internet with the same expertise it deploys
to promote press releases.
|02/27/2006 Radio Cautious About Podcasting
While National Public Radio has been a pioneer in podcasting,
some member stations are not happy.
It comes down to the relationship with listeners, according
to Rafat Ali, publisher of PaidContent.org. He's covering the
Public Broadcasting New Media Conference in Seattle this week.
"If you thought that the newspaper people were in the grips
of a siege mentality, you should come and see the public radio
and TV people," he wrote Friday.
|02/20/2006 Podcasting Software Beta
FeedForAll Mac has a new beta release. FeedForAll
Mac now supports unified publishing. This means that podcasters
publishing feeds can publish the feed, all enclosures, images,
and other files at the same time to FTP, .Mac or servers on
your local network. This feature also supports publishing the
feed in a variety of export formats and publishing an OPML list.
is a podcast audience measurement and ad network service. They
say they provide:
- Accurate measurement of podcast listens not just downloads
- Audience profiles with demographics, listening habits and
- Connections between podcast content providers and advertisers
- Dynamic ad insertion, rotation, measurement and consulting
I really don't know how they can technically track listens not
|02/19/2006 PodcastUser Magazine First Issue Available
The first issue of PodcastUser Magazine has been completed.
|02/19/2006 MPEG-4 Patent Infringement Accusations
AT&T has begun to name names in its hunt to license
its MPEG video compression patents, according to an article
in PC Week.
AT&T possesses several patents related to video compression,
which the company says are an essential component of the MPEG-4
video technology. In a bid to drive its global licensing program,
AT&T has targeted Apple Computer, Inc., CyberLink Corp.,
DivX, Inc., InterVideo, Inc., and Sonic Solutions as unlicensed
companies whose products and software utilize the MPEG-4 technology.
|02/17/2006 Mutual Fund PodPack
The Wells Fargo Advantage Funds(SM) Web site has launched
a new mutual fund PodPack feature for financial advisors.
Available on the Investment Professionals Web Site, advantagefunds,
this feature adds a new dimension to the popular podcast concept:
Combining the standard audio file of portfolio manager commentary
with supplemental information in the form of fund fact sheets,
prospectuses, and other materials.
|02/17/2006 The Podcast Hotel an Unconference
Hotel: An Unconference About Independent Culture, Podcasting
and Digital Music: Seattle, WA. February 23-25, 2006.
Meet the people shaping podcasting and its growing importance
in the world of digital music and the news media in a setting
that is more like a studio than a conference. Podcasters, artists
and musicians, digital music executives, mobile technology experts
and media will all be there. Performances and live recordings
over three nighs by more than ten bands from Seattle, Portland,
Or., San Diego, Bend, Or., Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC.
|02/17/2006 Campus Tours via ....Podcast?
CampusTours, Inc. today announced that the CampusTours MultiMedia
Engine, which powers many college and university virtual tours,
will now support podcasting of both audio and video virtual
campus tour information. Campus tour podcasting allows institutions
to supply audio or video feeds to visitors who arrive during
hours when the university may be closed or when student guided
tours are otherwise unavailable.
|02/17/2006 Music Teacher Shares His Class Using Podcasts
Sixth-graders at Sycamore Ridge Elementary are turning ancient
rhythms into high-tech broadcasts to be shared with the world.
They are creating podcasts, downloadable Internet audio programs.
It's part of their study of Africa.
The students in Jerry Foust's music class have been exploring
the ancient art of drumming in a project that is teaching them
geographical and cultural aspects of the tribal and modern continent.
|02/15/2006 Cache Podcasts
If you display your podcast feed on a website consider caching
the feed to speed up the display time.
The new rss2html Cache module will expedite the retrieval
and conversion of RSS feeds into html web pages.
Once the feed is cached it will be read from the local hard
drive for a specified amount of time. After the specified time
has lapsed, the RSS feed will be fetched again. This allows
the contents of the RSS feed being displayed to remain current,
while expediting the whole process.
Additionally, the script reduces bandwidth usage. The bandwidth
is reduced because the web server does not have to repeatedly
fetch the same RSS feed from a remote server.
More on RSS and Podcast Cache
|02/15/2006 Motorola Podcasting
Motorola yesterday announced that it signed a licensing
agreement with Microsoft to use Windows Media technology in
upcoming phones. This won't affect Motorola's relationship with
Apple, but may be a sign that Motorola is really starting to
|02/13/2006 Podalyzer - Analyze Podcasts
Podalyzer is a perl script that analyses web
server access logs and produces reports specifically for Podcasts.
Podalyzer will produce charts to track popularity and other
|02/13/2006 Recycling iPods
Apple's announcement Tuesday that it plans to roll out yet
another version of its popular music player and drop the cost
of several existing machines means that some owners of iPods
may want to upgrade.
A startup called NextWorth.com wants to help them unload their
Assuming the iPod is in good working condition, the company,
which runs an online consignment service, will offer a guaranteed
price for any machine and take the task of reselling it online.
|02/09/2006 Welsh Podcasting
Though it's taken a while - to the best of Ping Wales' knowledge,
the first Welsh language podcast was produced just over a year
ago - politicians and civil servants are beginning to explore
the potential of podcasting.
Plaid Cymru AM Leanne Wood is reportedly the first Welsh politician
to jump on the podcasting bandwagon, with a weekly podcast to
be found on her website.
|02/09/2006 ITunes Hooks up to Cable via Showtime
TV viewers who don't subscribe to Showtime Networks will
be able to enjoy its premium cable content on demand, thanks
to a deal that makes nonbroadcast television available on iTunes
for the first time.
|02/08/2006 Realtors Use RSS to Sell Homes, Why Not Podcasts?
This article illustrates how realtors are using
RSS and technology to sell homes:
Daily more and more realtors are turning to RSS as a tool
to market homes for sale. The growing RSS phenomenon in the
realty market makes perfect sense. Unlike email RSS feeds have
a 100% delivery rate. In addition the costs involved in creating
and managing an RSS feed are insignificant when compared to
the print advertising Realtors spend on each week. Imagine the
amount spent each week to promote various properties in circulars
and weekly newspapers, compared to the costs associated with
updating and managing an RSS feed.
but couldn't they just as easily use podcasts.....
|02/08/2006 Harvard Med School Integrates Podcasting
Harvard Medical School has integrated podcasting into their
Starting on Dec. 1, HMS course lectures became available
for download onto the iPods of students, faculty, and staff.
The lectures are translated into MP3 audio files, which community
members can download after subscribing to the classâs podcast
feed. âThis is the first time any medical school, to my
knowledge, has used an iPod as an educational tool to distribute
the entire curriculum,â said John Halamka, HMS associate
professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
and chief information officer at HMS.
|02/08/2006 New Term Coined Podfading
Ryan and Jen Ozawa were riding high on the iTunes charts,
enjoying a much-envied following of more than 15,000 listeners
for their weekly Lost-themed podcast, The Transmission.
Then, in a plot twist worthy of the hit TV show itself, the
Hawaii-based couple suddenly marooned their audience and shut
The phenomenon has earned its own label, "podfading," coined
by podcaster Scott Fletcher in February 2005 when he gave up
on two podcasts of his own.
|02/07/2006 Language Specific Podcast Directories
A number of new language specific podcast directories are
cropping up, the latest of which is a Russian
|02/07/2006 iTunes Gamble Paying Off
Television networks took a leap into the unknown when
they started selling their shows on Apple's iTunes online store,
but even in these early days, it's starting to look as if that
faith in digital downloads was well placed.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs welcomed Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation
Studios content to the service in October. Now there are 40
different series, each episode of which costs a standardized
$1.99 to purchase, and more are on the way.
|02/06/2006 Man Sues Apple Over Potential Hearing Loss
A Louisiana man claims in a lawsuit that Apple's iPod music
player can cause hearing loss in people who use it.
Apple has sold more than 42 million of the devices since they
went on sale in 2001, including 14 million in the fourth quarter
last year. The devices can produce sounds of more than 115 decibels,
a volume that can damage the hearing of a person exposed to
the sound for more than 28 seconds per day, according to the
|02/01/2006 Tools for Manipulating Podcast Feeds
Many podcasters display their podcasts and podcast summaries
on their website. These tools all help with podcast manipulation:
rss2html.php - Free PHP script display RSS
(or podcast) feed as an html web page.
FutureRSS - The FutureRSS script only displays
items thats dates have passed. Allowing web publishers to prepublish
content weeks or even month's in advance, knowing that the content
will automatically be displayed at the appropriate time.
RSS Cache - The Cache module saves the feed
locally for a specified period of time, making feed retrieval
|02/01/2006 Launches Daily Podcasting of The Wine Experience
Corkscrew Productions announced today the free daily Podcast
of The Wine Experience Radio Show.
Daily Podcasting of this unique national radio program is the
ideal way for people to stay up to date about wine, learn wine
basics, hear about wine country regions and travel, and discover
the joy of wine, food, and entertaining.
"With most wine books and websites concentrating primarily on
more traditional wine enthusiasts, our show and site, WineExperience.com,
capture the mainstream appeal of wine," said Kenneth Ohr, President
of Corkscrew Productions, LLC. "The introduction of Podcasting
is yet another way to make wine more accessible and fun for
create, edit, and publish podcast feeds.