Podcasting: Is It Just Noise?
Opinion: Is "Podcasting" just another outlet for egomaniacal bloggers? David Coursey offers some interesting uses.The newest thing in the RSS universe is something called "Podcasting," which is, when you think about it, just what it sounds like: distributing audio programming to peoples iPods (and other devices) for on-demand playback. At one level, this is blogging for people with even larger egos, folks who think they need to be heard as well as read. On another level, RSS feeds are a good way for commercial audio producers to make their programming widely available via automated downloads for offline listening. For example, XM Radio has a new program featuring former NPR host Bob Edwards. But its on at inconvenient times for me to listen. Wouldnt it be great to have the program automatically loaded onto a portable player each day?
This functionality is already possible for customers of the Audible service, which offers its audio book customers paid subscriptions to NPR and other radio programs. Audible provides desktop client software capable of automatically downloading content from the companys servers and loading it onto customers portable devices. The software also offers optional automated disk space management capabilities that store only the most current edition of specific programs on the portable.