Election ’05: Lib Dems turn to iPods to reach voters

siliconlogo.gifAnother political group gets into podcasting, most likely trying to target the demographics of the podcast listeners (from what i understand to be young, tech oriented and intersted).

One of the cool things they mentioned in this article was that the listeners to their podcast would be able to hear a few audio clips before they were actually aired anyplace else! Podcasts are getting exclusive rights to be the first to release? Awesome!

The very last line of this news story was interesting too, “The podcast isn’t going to be the party’s last foray into the iPod world either, with the Lib Dems’ next party political broadcast to debut in podcast form before it hits the airwaves. We’ve got one or two tricks up our sleeves…

Read the Silicon.com Story Here.

CastBlaster Limited Beta: Do you want to Try it?

ac.gifAccording to a post by the man himself, a limited beta of the new CastBlaster is available.

You may be asking yourself how you can get your hands on this BETA….and the answer is simple. Go to this page and download the system testing software (Windows XP Only). After you have done that, email their dev team. If your system matches the specs they are looking for, they will send you a copy!

Verizon and Sprint Turn Down iTunes

According to a post recently published on the Extreme iPod website, both of the major cell phone companies, Sprint and Verizon, have turned down Apple and iTunes at including the player in new versions of their cell phones.

They claim to be coming out with their own versions of music players/stores for their phones…the problem is that they want to charge $2 a piece for every song you download. Not good compared to $0.99.

I dont know much about what iTunes is going to do with their mobile iTunes, but my hopes are that they will allow you to transfer audio to your phone via cable, bluetooth, email or the like and not require you to repurchase all of your audio.

As for podcasting, lets cross our fingers that Apple has not ruled it out. It would be pretty sweet to be able to listen to podcasts on my cell phone and not have to carry my iPod every place.

See the Story Here.

THE ABC’s Radio National to Podcast (Australia)

Starting May 13th, the Australian ABC will start testing podcast distribution of its Radio National program. Already available as a stream from their website, or via traditional FM locally, podcasting will enable them to deliver their content to an obviously much larger audience.

Its exciting to see so many larger companies start to accept and test podcasting. Kudos ABC!

“THE ABC’s Radio National has confirmed it will test the market for packaged programming made available for download via the technology known as podcasting.

Listeners will have a choice of highlights or full programs drawn from eight of the broadcaster’s most popular presenters. Podcast programs would be available for free, the ABC said.”

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/

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Microsoft Podcasting from MEDC

Want to take part in MEDC but cant find the time or cash to get to Las Vegas? Look no further than your personal computer. Microsoft will have a “podcast film crew” taking videos (in I expect WMV format) of numerous events going on at the conference.

“Even if you can’t make it to next month’s MEDC (Mobile and Embedded Developers’ Conference) in Las Vegas, you can still participate “virtually.” Microsoft’s mobile and embedded teams will be busy blogging and podcasting, and a live radio talk show will also be on tap.”

Read the full story Here or subscribe to the podcast Here.

Screen Savers is Back!

Remember back when TechTV (now G4 tv) was cool and not completely overtaken with gaming shows? Oh the good old days…but this just in (courtesy of Slashdot) : ROTSS Podcast has now produced its first show! What is ROTSS? It stands for the “Return Of The Screen Savers”! What is the greatest part? If you already subscribe to the Laporte Report, then the ROTSS podcast is delivered in the same feed. Enjoy.

Heres Their Website.

Get the Podcast Here

Cant Make it to Ad:Tech?

If you are a marketer you may have heard of and attend AD:Tech. Ad tech is a conference designed to help marketers by introducing insights, tools and techniques for this high tech age to marketers from around the world, enabling them to communicate better.

This is not the cool part (even though I personally think that Ad: Tech is cool). What the cool part is that a company name Etech is going to be delivering the key note and other various parts of the conference via podcast.

“Ecast to Podcast Advertising and Media Industry Experts Discussing Impact of Technology on Media Business Live From Ad Tech Conference…. [they] will underwrite more than a dozen audio podcasts live from the Ad:Tech 05 conference in San Francisco, to give thought leaders a virtual forum to discuss how new media channels and interactive technologies are impacting the media business.”

Sorry, no links yet to the podcast.

See the Story Here

Ad:Tech Website

Marlaina By Ear

I havent listened to this one yet, but the idea behind it is excellent. The true essence of a podcast..the blind leading the blind … literally.

Have a look at things through my eyes: sound seeing tours by touch, cool rebroadcasts of internet radio work, and whatever else feels good!”

http://www.podcastalley.com/podcast_detail.php?pod_id=3155

NewsFire (Macintosh) Does Podcasting!

Big News for Mac users (or at least mac nerds like me who LOVE beautiful applications)… NewsFire has updated their RSS Reader software. Originally they would link to an mp3 and download it into the same news window for listening. But they have gone a step further. They now have an integrated podcast player.

Through the preferences you can set the app to automatically download the podcasts as they come in, and it loads them into its own player. Whats beautiful is the flexibility! It will download the file, add it to iTunes, and add it to its own player, and start playing if you like when it is finished downloading…all in one pretty little package.

If you are a Mac user and are looking for an all in one news reader and podcast reader, look no further. It may be lacking in some of the features of the different podcatchers, but for handling both news and podcasts like it does, it is worth it to me.

Get the app at NewsFire RSS.

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It was worth every penny as a news reader, and now its worth much more as a podcatching client. Kudos!

Get the app at NewsFire RSS.

A Healthy Podcast : the Trailcast

I love hiking and camping, and now a podcast exists to help foster that love…enter the TrailCast.

“Trailcast is a Podcast exclusively about hiking. The format is essentially telephone interviews with hikers, trail personalities, members of trail associations, equipment manufacturers, or anybody that has anything to do with hiking.”

See it Here