TheFlowInternet for audio files.
I think it uses RSS enclosures of recordings of bloggers talking. Exciting? I didn't originally think so, but
makes me think it's worth a page here.
This morning while jogging and listening to the podcast "The Future of Online Content" that I picked up on ITConversations, I got another thought. We had mentioned podcasting as a potential technology to be used politically. Just as blogging has an analog in the old activity of pamphleteering (as I pointed out in "Pamphleteers and Web Sites"), listening to recorded talks by noted individuals and passing them around has been used for years with audio cassette tapes and is still used. I remembered how we keep hearing of discoveries of cassette tapes of speeches when terrorist hideaways are raided. ... Podcasting is not as related to music and the RIAA as it is to religious and other leaders and books on tape.
Interesting. BBC are doing it with cool wordy shows like InOurTime : http://digital-lifestyles.info/display_page.asp?section=cm&id=1831
A match-making service for audio content?:
We will build an online dating service that will match podcasters with events in their communities. Likewise, we will recruit volunteer writers and producers to create and edit the metadata and descriptions that accompany the recordings. Content will be managed, and quality will be maintained, by a Wikipedia-like system and community. High-volume content will be delivered by a combination of BitTorrent and partners such as the Internet Archive.
ZbigniewLukasiak sent me a link to RobertScoble here : http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/06/25/peter-says-podcasting-is-inefficient
I agree with what Scoble says. But for me, Podcasting isn't just blogging done in sound. What it does well (and better than written in some ways) is dialogue. The only podcasts I listen to, even semi-, regularly, (apart from a few recordings of talks) are things like NerdTV (just the audio) and GillmorGang (mainly when JasonCalacanis is on) and AlexBarnett's etc. which are conversations between well informed people. In a sense, it's experimenting with a kind of CollectiveIntelligence (or at least collaboratively created content) that would be hard to do in writing.
I think there are more secondary effects as well. Just like radio is different from magazines or blogs from newspapers. Just like blogs, podcasts create more intimacy and sense of the personal (BloggingPersonalizes). But podcasts can also create the sense of a group.
In this sense, it's not the audio delivery which is important, but the audio creation. Delivering in audio is just laziness. :-)
(Listen to DaveWiner's : http://static2.podcatch.com/blogs/gems/snedit/cnMay25.mp3))
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