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|06/30/2005 Blinkx Carves Out Niche with Podcast Search Tool
The Blinkx podcast search tool uses voice recognition software
to transcribe audio and video content and then searches those
transcripts for specific keywords entered by users. Blinkx made
no secret that it felt its approach was superior to those from
the major search engines.
Podcasting Search Tool
|06/30/2005 Podcasting News
Submit your podcast related news to ipassages.
|06/29/2005 Podcasting Tutorial
Step by step tutorial to create a podcast using desktop
software. The podcasting tutorial provides screen shots with
12 detailed steps on how to create and publish a podcast feed.
|06/28/2005 Podcasting Station Launched; New Searchable Podcast
Podcasting Station is a new categorized directory of podcasts.
The new site at http://www.podcasting-station.com/ makes it
easy for individuals or businesses curious about podcasts, to
find the latest podcast feeds in a single convenient and easy
to navigate location.
Similar podcasts are grouped under general topic headings. Each
topic contains podcast titles and descriptions. A search feature
allows web surfers to search for podcasts using keywords and
phrases. The flexible search options gives web surfers the ability
to search for specific podcasts of interest.
Information contained in the Podcasting Station directory covers
a huge range of audio content, from humor and news to foreign
language instruction and sports interviews.
The intention of Podcasting Station is to provide a convenient
resource that unites the podcasting community making it easy
for consumers and industry professionals to locate podcasts
and information that they are seeking.
Industry professionals and consumers can visit http://www.podcasting-station.com/ to browse
a large directory of podcasts, indexed and categorized for easy
Podcasters are encouraged to add their podcast feeds to the
database. All listings are currently free of charge and, the
information is freely available to consumers and related industries.
|06/28/2005 New Release Apple iTunes 4.9
As anticipated, Apple has today released iTunes 4.9 for
Mac and Windows, the first version of the popular music management
software to include built-in support for downloading of podcasts.
As described by the company, “With iTunes 4.9, you can now browse
and subscribe to podcasts from within the iTunes Music Store.
Podcasts are frequently updated radio-style shows downloadable
over the Internet. You can also transfer podcasts to iPod, for
listening on the go.”
|06/27/2005 Virgin Atlantic embraces Podcasting as Customer
Podcasting is the latest way of distributing audio content
via the Internet and Virgin Atlantic has made an innovative
step by creating Podcast specific content and also producing
a branded Podcatcher (software to download the Podcast).
The first Podcast from Virgin Atlantic is a series of four audio
guides to New York. They begin with a guide to the ten coolest
restaurants, the second is an insider’s guide to shopping, the
third is all about ‘off-the-beaten-track’ New York and is a
guide to the cool and quirky. The fourth is a guide to the ten
things you just have to do, if you’re on your first trip to
the Big Apple.
|06/27/2005 NewsGator Adds Podcast Receiver
Inc., a Denver-based developer best known for its RSS aggregator,
on Friday introduced FeedStation, a podcast receiver that downloads
audio and video files automatically to media players.
FeedStation lets users select podcasts -- audio files made available
via an RSS feed -- then automatically downloads them to an iPod
or MP3 player's playlist. When the hardware -- an Apple iPod,
for instance -- is later connected to the computer and synched
with the playlist, the files are added to the player's storage
space or hard drive.
"This is the first step in expanding FeedDemon and FeedStation
to NewsGator's RSS platform," said Nick Bradbury, NewsGator's
new architect of client products, in a statement. "I'm hoping
to see this enable more people to listen to the great content
being created for this new medium."
NewsGator acquired Bradbury's company, Bradbury Software, whose
primary products was FeedDemon, a Windows-based RSS aggregator,
The built-in podcast receiver is now available with FeedDemon
and with NewsGator Online, a free Web-based RSS service. It
will be added to NewsGator's Outlook Edition "soon," the company
|06/23/2005 Black Sabbath and Podcasting?
Black Sabbath's Bill Ward has made his audio diaries available
via a podcast. Who ever thought heavy metal would meet podcasting?
|06/23/2005 Learn Out Loud
A new service launched by LearnOutLoud is an Audio Revolution
Podcast, they aim to educate, entertain and hopefully enlighten
you with the world of Audio Learning. The hosts Seth and Dave
survey all the audio resources out there and go in depth on
a wide range of topics such as Audiobook Rental, Language Learning
Programs and much more.
More on LearnOutLoud
|06/23/2005 Pontiac Summer Solstice
With the sun at its peak, Pontiac used the summer solstice
to shine new light on its brand and vehicle line -- including
the Solstice two-seat roadster, G6 coupe and Torrent compact
SUV -- through a wide-ranging event extending from Times Square
"The solstice represents a turning point in the seasons, and
we felt it was important to celebrate this particular solstice
as a turning point in the renaissance for Pontiac as we bring
three new products to market this summer," said Mark-Hans Richer,
Pontiac marketing director. "What better way to celebrate than
to 'fuse' the excitement of these new Pontiacs with the excitement
and energy of Times Square."
Link to Pontiac's Podcast
|06/23/2005 WebmasterRadio.FM Launches Podcast Programming
WebmasterRadio.FM, a free, business, 24/7 internet radio
network, announces the availability of its online radio programming
in podcast format, now accessible on the re-designed WebmasterRadio.FM
Web site at WebmasterRadio.fm. The WebmasterRadio.fm
will unveil its new look and programming features at the WebmasterWorld
Search Conference, June 21-24 in New Orleans.
WebMasterRadio.FM's online radio shows are hosted by some of
the most respected names in the Internet business world. Covering
crucial business topics such as public relations, new technology,
Search Engine Optimization, affiliate marketing, domain registration
and more, each show reaches out to a different part of the business
marketplace, meeting and addressing the specific needs of all
WebmasterRadio.FM's new Web site features a more user-friendly
interface with easier navigation and layout. WebmasterRadio.FM
will officially launch the re-designed site and announce its
podcasting capabilities at the WebmasterWorld event this week
in New Orleans.
|06/23/2005 Podcasting School Up for Award
Pupils and staff at Musselburgh Grammar School have launched
the first regular UK schools podcast - and are up for a prestigious
new media award.
The podcast - mgsPodcast - is available now. The pilot show
included an interview recorded in Poland, where students discuss
their views of being in the EU.
The New Statesman New Media Awards 2005, in association with
Atos Origin, a major provider of IT and business services to
the UK Government, highlight the positive impact of new media
technology on public life. The key themes of this year's awards
are ingenuity, modernisation and accessibility - all of which
are essential to the effective implementation of new media technology.
|06/22/2005 iPassages Christian Podcast Directory
iPassages is a new virtual community designed
to share information, tips and links regarding Christian Podcasts
and related news.
Podcasting is less than a year old, but already many churches
have created inspirational content that can be downloaded and
enjoyed on portable music players. Churches are seeing the value
in providing material via the Internet. Many religious groups
create weekly sermons, music or services that can now be shared
with thousands of listeners. Through RSS technology, listeners
can easily subscribe to their favorite Podcasts. Find out more
about Podcasts on our "FAQ" page or submit a Christian Podcast
to iPassages directory. Just click on "Submit News". This site
will grow over the coming weeks with your help.
iPassages will also provide technical and marketing assistance
to Churches wishing to create and distribute their own Podcasts.
Just click "Feedback" to contact us. In the meantime, please
take the survey to the right to give iPassages an idea of the
type of Christian Podcast content you would like to see featured
|06/21/2005 Senate Republicans Podcasting
Residents of the state of Pennsylvania will now be able
to listen to a weekly podcast on state issues thanks to a new
program being launched by the state Senate Republican Caucus.
The group hopes that use of the emerging technology will bring
the group's issues to the forefront in the minds of voters.
"Podcasting is a great new technology, and our caucus will use
it to help keep constituents informed," Erik Anderson said,
chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader David Brightbill.
"Podcasting will improve our ability to provide in-depth analysis,
up-to- date information, and insights from individual members
about crucial topics affecting people and communities around
|06/21/2005 Duke's free iPod program has mixed results
The university that gave each of its incoming first-year
students an iPod has evaluated the success of the pilot program--and
declared that the results were mixed.
Duke University gave all of its 1,650 freshmen the Apple music
player, as well as a voice recorder, in autumn 2004 to "encourage
creative uses of technology." One year later, the university
has found that 60 percent of the students used the device to
play back academic material, while 28 percent used the device
|06/20/2005 Rent A Podcaster?
The Podcast Network ushered in another first in the 12 month
history of podcasting with the launch of their "Rent A Podcaster".
Podcasting is a powerful tool for building stronger relationships
with users, customers or clients. It facilitates conversations
and is more targeted that print, billboards or TV.
Mr Reilly said The Podcast Network also had a growing team
of hosts with domain expertise in a wide variety of subjects.
He said many hosts were available for hire if specific experience
in a particular industry was required.
|06/20/2005 The Podcast Hotel Event
When: The Podcast Hotel will take place in Portland,
Oregon, Sept. 6-7, 2005
Where: at the Jupiter Hotel.
What: We're turning the Jupiter into a podcast and videoblog
studio. Rooms will be studios. The court yard will be our lounge.
You won't see boring panels at this show. We'll break out the
conversation to exchange ideas and create new works. Part happening,
part workshop and part citizen media exercise, the Podcast Hotel
will explore the reaches of podcasting and what it means to
us all. Is podcasting a revolution? Why are big media so fascinated
by podcasting? How do you podcast? What are the latest ways
people are using podcasting for their lives and work? This and
more is what you'll find at the Podcast Hotel.
More Info on the Podcast Hotel
|06/16/2005 Podcasting Awards Nominations are Open
Nominations are open for the 2005 Podcast Awards.
If you have not read the rules please do so. Click on any category
to nominate. Nominations close on June 30th.
Podcast categories include: People's Choice, Best Produced
Podcast, Business Podcast, Comedy Podcast, Cultural/ Political
Podcasts, Educational Podcasts, Food and Drink Podcasts, General
Podcasts, Health/Fitness Podcasts, Mature Podcasts, Movie/Film
Podcasts, Music/Radio Podcasts, Non-English Podcasts, Religion/Inspiration
Podcasts, Top Rated Podcasts, Technology Podcasts, Sports Podcasts,
World News Podcasts, Sound Seeing Podcasts and Gaming Podcasts.
|06/14/2005 TVGuide.com Launches Exclusive Weekly Podcast
TVGuide.com, a leading online destination for television
and entertainment news and information, announced today that
it has launched TV GUIDE TALK, a weekly podcast that will provide
consumers with exclusive news, gossip and commentary about the
latest headlines, hottest TV shows, newest movies and biggest
celebrities - all delivered with humor, passion and knowledge
by editors and writers from the TVGuide.com staff members.
"TV Guide Online is very excited to add Podcasting to our already
in-depth online editorial coverage," says Dave Bovenschulte,
vice president, TVGuide.com. "TV Guide Talk is a great way for
our customers to get up close and personal with our writers
in a brand new way."
According to a recent study by the Pew Internet & American
Life Project, more than 22 million American adults own iPods
or MP3 players, and 29 percent of them have downloaded podcasts
from the Web so that they could listen to audio files at a time
of their choosing.
|06/13/2005 Podcasting lures wary music biz
Podcasting has emerged as the Internet's hottest fad, but
is it more than just a passing fancy?
Forrester Research estimates that 300,000 podcasts -- which
deliver digital audio content from the Web to computers or portable
media devices -- will be available by year's end, growing to
13 million in 2009. The number of podcast listeners is more
difficult to track; there are so few that research firms like
Forrester cannot get an acceptable sampling to survey.
This is partly because there is a lack of worthwhile content
and partly because the current user experience is unappealing.
Podcasting may sound sexy and easy to use, but downloading the
necessary software and searching for compelling programming
|06/13/2005 Podcast Charts - Podcast Directory
is a new podcast directory. The site requires registration to
submit podcasts, but it has an easy to follow layout making
it easy for both listeners and podcasters to find their way
|06/10/2005 New Podcast Directory Showcases Aussie Podstars
New podcast directory Oiglet.com.au launched today with
The directory features mostly podcasts from Australian podcasters,
has interesting programs from overseas.
Oiglet's General Manager, former radio announcer Kerryn Marlow
are heaps of overseas podcasts, but we all know there are many
people tucked away on community and commercial stations Downunder.
Eventually we want to fill up the program grid with an allstar
Check out Oiglet
|06/09/2005 Top 40 Podcasts
a Top 40 radio station in New York, is experimenting with podcasts,
making the station one of the few Top 40 stations to embrace
podcasting as a way to attract and retain a mainstream audience.
|06/09/2005 Anime and Podcasting
Project 760 Productions' Internet podcast program World
of Anime on Podcast, announces the presentation of weekly Top
10 listings for video sales and rentals to become part of its
program programs beginning in mid-June 2005.
"Japan Video and Media is the top resource among the anime fans
in Northern California and out-of-town visitors for its vast
collection of anime available for sale and rental," says World
of Anime on Podcast executive producer Ray Nagar. "Providing
Japan Video's top ten lists in rentals and sales will give our
nationwide listeners access to what's hot and what's not in
a video store frequented by many anime fans the bay area."
|06/08/2005 Recycling iPods - Apple is Environmentally Conscious
Apple has a product take-back and recyclying policy. Having
long been an advocate of proper disposal of electronic equipment
at the end of its life, Apple has instituted a policy for recycling.
~ Producers should provide a means to facilitate environmentally
friendly recycling of their products at the end of electronic
products’ useful life.
~ Consumers should select a disposal method for end-of-life
electronics products that does not adversely impact the environment.
~ Governments should develop a legal framework and public policies
to promote appropriate end-of-life management, including environmentally
friendly disposal and recycling.
~ Materials generated from the recycling of our products should
be used as feedstock for new products whenever possible.
|06/07/2005 Jobs Thinks Podcasting is Hot
At Apple Computer's annual Worldwide Developer Conference,
which runs June 6-10, Apple CEO Steve Jobs highlighted podcasting.
According to a report at Cnet, Jobs previewed new features within
iTunes for working with podcasts.
"We see it as the hottest thing going in radio," he noted, mentioning
the numerous podcasts, both amateur and professional, that are
|06/07/2005 I'll Be Back
Arnold Schwarzenegger the Governor of the State of California
is now podcasting. The Governors plan is to bring the people
of California closer in touch with their Governor and his plans.
With podcasting, you can listen to the Governor's radio programs
whenever and wherever you choose.
Perhaps videocasts will be next.
Gov. Schwarzenegger Podcast
|06/06/2005 Interesting Piece on Monetizing Podcasts
Not sure that I agree 100% with the sentiment but the article
perspective is interesting:
I believe if you want to understand the economic implications
of podcasting (audio files distributed via RSS enclosures) meeting
up with the dominate platform facilitating micropayments for
audio files (iTunes), you must set aside your notions that podcasting
is about a given format or genre.
Let me repeat one thing and make it perfectly clear before
I continue: I believe the chances of an amateur, do-it-yourself
podcaster striking it rich through podcasting -- even if you're
lucky enough to get your podcast on iTunes -- is about as remote
as your chances of playing in the NBA.
|06/04/2005 Why Podcast?
Podcasting's cool. Sometimes, it can be a great marketing
tool. But that's not true all the time, and podcasting is certainly
not for every marketing plan.
Sure, we've been covering podcasting both as marketing and
an ad medium here at ClickZ. It's been fun watching companies
use this simple, very low-cost syndicated audio channel to innovate
and spread their messages.
|06/03/2005 Podcasts for Congress: Good Idea or Premature?
Ernest Miller from Corante asks if Congress should be podcasting.
If I had heard this months ago I would have considered the idea
lunacy, BUT having recently sat in the Senate Chambers and witnessing
how empty they are, I think podcasting is a brilliant idea for
both the House and Senate. Unless the issue is compelling or
a large media attendance is expected, most Senators do not listen
to their colleagues speak. Why? Because they are busy with other
things and only appear on the Senate floor when they are voting
or scheduled to speak. Granted they look through the transcripts
before voting, but admittedly they do not *hear* the passion
of the arguments made. Offering a podcast of Senate sessions
would not only allow citizens to listen to arguments, but would
provide Senators the opportunity to hear much of what they miss,
at a time and place of their choosing.
I'm in agreement - Senate Hearings and House Sessions should
|06/02/2005 Podcasting Surveys
RRadio Network's Survey 31 asks the question "Have you listened
to a 'podcast' in the last 30 days?"
How often do you find yourself wishing you could listen to a
station's programming at your convenience? What happened to
the "immediacy" of radio as a drawing card?
Here's what will make or break podcasting: Will it, as an industry,
produce quality programs? Or will it end up being regurgitated
radio shows, mostly done by amateurs?
|06/01/2005 Shareware for Podcasts
Subscription fees for Podcasts is using a hammer to crack a
nut, but there IS a halfway house for Podcasters wanting to
experiment with raising revenue through their shows...
Think about how 'shareware' software works. Shareware software
operates on TRUST. Software is distributed freely to anyone
who wants to try it, but people are asked to pay for it if they
want to continue using it, either by fixed fee or a variable
donation. Often the software comes with a 'nag' screen as a
reminder to pay.
How might that work with Podcasts? Well, you could be the first
to trial 'Shareware Radio'.
It works like this.... Everybody can subscribe to the feed for
free (as now) and listen to your show. But you make it clear
on your website that people are welcome to listen to 5 shows
(or whatever you think is appropriate), but if they like the
show and wish to continue listening the shareware price is £10
for a year / month or whatever, and leave it to work ON TRUST.
Complete Article - PodShare
|06/01/2005 Airtime for Young Podcasters
A group of third- and fourth-graders at Wells Elementary
School is finding a global audience for its work through a high-tech
form of publishing known as podcasting. The Room 208 Podcast
is a weekly Internet audio program written, produced and performed
by students under the direction of teacher Bob Sprankle. There
have been five shows so far.
create, edit, and publish podcast feeds.