Archive for June, 2005

Welcome iTunes folks — this week is a watershed

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Wow. iTunes added podcasting yesterday and Sex and Podcasting is rockin'! So this is a special mid-week version of the podcast to say “boy howdy” and summarize what this nothing-about-sex podcast is all about. S&P went from a couple hundred downloads a day to more like 5,000 a day. Whew! Thanks to the folks at IP House for the bandwidth and hand-holding as I tuned the server to handle the load.

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Tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers unite! Podcasting is a medium for YOU!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Why do we DO this podcasting stuff anyway??? All kinds of reasons, but one is 'cause it's fun to make stuff.

Gad there are a lot of fun projects to do in the podcasting realm. Audio widgets to tinker with, software to write, lotsa stuff to figure out in this emerging medium. And, of course, carrying on the tradition of helping OTHER people along once we've figured it out for ourselves.

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Money! Podcasting! Podcasting and Money…

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Of course people are all excited about making a fortune in podcasting. Listen to this podcast to hear where I think the money will be made, why it won't materially influence the bulk of what happens in podcasting, and why money isn't going to matter for most of us.

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Licensed music played here

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

These podcasts play music licensed by BMI. Figuring out what to do about all that was a head-scratcher for me. Listen to the podcast to find out what I learned about DMCA, Sound Exchange, Harry Fox, mechanical vs performance licensing, etc. And why I think I'm ok (at least for now) with just the BMI license.

Welcome to all of you iTunes folks. I'm working on fixing the “can't seem to download the whole podcast problem” on this site. Bear with me — I have a theory, that I'm confirming by posting this repeat of an earlier podcast.

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CPB funding cut – a lesson to us all…

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Yep, well this is kindof a repeat. Probably a theme that will show up over and over. A sub-committee of congress-critters cut CPB's funding this week. See? If you want to be free in your speech, pay attention to where the money is coming from — and don't be surprised if they try to shut you up/off when you say things the money-kids don't like.

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Snippets – the new form a media in a mix and remix world

Monday, June 13th, 2005

I read a great article this week that got me thinking about the format of this show. Snippets. It's all about snippets. Media becomes little short bits that we (the audience) mix and twiddle to meet our own needs. There's lots more to be found at Umrir Hrque's Bubble Generation site. The document that got me going on all this is his (long, but worth it) The New Economics of Media Powerpoint deck.

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We've got to untether the MP3 player for podcasting to take off

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Community radio folks (and NPR types as well) are telling me podcasting is just a flash in the pan — because people don't own their iPods for very long before they stop using them and turn back to other ways of listening. That may be true (it is for me) but that shouldn't give radio people great comfort, it just means that the tech has some getting-better to do. I describe where I think it goes from here.

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