Saturday, October 23, 2004

Gather Ye Podcasts While Ye May...

I've been consuming Podcasts for a few weeks now. I'm not sure this is a completely new idea. I mean Doug Kaye and other audiobloggers have been doing this for while. However the real difference here is that Adam Curry has done is mobilize some developers and make the process of finding audio content, downloading it in the background, and automatically updating your iTunes audio library, and all you have to do is sync up your iPod. Pretty cool. This simple software glue has completely automated what was once a manual process for some but more importantly automatically removes the download time from the experience. Of course another key technology required is RSS enclosures which allows anyone to automatically subscribe and check for new content as simply as pasting in a feed link into an application. It's simple as creating a bookmark in your browser. Instead of downloading content and copying it to your library manually this software will manage it for you. I'm really not doing the community justice with that last statement since there are multiple Podcasting clients out there now and I'm sure the feed aggregators will be adding podcasting features to their RSS/Atom feed aggregators. Another major contribution that Mr. Curry, and his compadre Dave Winer, are making is that they are talking about it, giving interviews and fostering the Podcasting community. I highly recommend those with iPods check out iPodder.org. Go subscribe to some audio feeds. Sure some of them suck but there are a few gems in there. If your at all interested in technology you should certainly subscribe to the ITConversations feed. It's well worth the time.

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