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Ricky Gervais cashes in on comedy podcast hit

Ricky Gervais, the English comedian behind the BBC’s and NBC’s “The Office,” is cashing in on his top-rated comedy podcast by signing a deal to sell future episodes through the iTunes Music Store and Audible.com. Seasons two and three of Gervais’s “The Ricky Gervais Show” will be sold for $1.95 per show or $6.95 for the entire season of at least four weekly episodes, plus a free sneak preview.

“The Ricky Gervais Show revolves around the comic dialogue of Gervais, his long-time creative partner Stephen Merchant and ‘hapless producer’ Karl Pilkington,” reads a description of the show. “First launched in December 2005, the show has quickly become a global phenomenon, having gained unprecedented popularity. The show averaged more than 260,000 weekly downloads in only its first month and was recently awarded the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s most-downloaded podcast, having reached 2.9 million cumulative downloads in just over two months”

iSkin launches ‘Touch’ video podcast

iSkin today announced a new video podcast called “Touch,” which the company says “touches upon various topics in an informal behind the scenes guerilla film style, covering a range of topics including music, film and lifestyles from around the world.” The video podcast is available free from the iTunes Music Store.

“Today we at iSkin will begin expanding our love for the arts by shining the proverbial light on what makes us go to the movies, buy music or hit the club,” says iSkin. “Episode 1 features television and recording star Andrea Lewis of Degrassi fame, Wayne Warner’s All Black Affair, Soulful Serenades of Carl Henry from Universal Music, A Gossip Minute and Club Banger Hit Maker, Massari.”

Apple revises, expands iTunes podcasting specs

Apple sent out an email today to iTunes podcasters announcing revised and expanded podcast specifications. The email also pointed out an Apple-hosted forum exclusively for podcasters.

“Since you’ve got an active podcast listed in iTunes, we would like to let you know about a few valuable new resources,” the email reads. “First, the technical spec has been revised and expanded. Check here for all questions or problems related to your podcast, or if you’re interested in enhancing the appearance of your listing with iTunes-specific tags. There is also an Apple Discussions Forum exclusively for podcast producers. If you have a question or a problem that the technical spec cannot answer, the community of iTunes podcasters there should be able to provide valuable guidance.”

Edmunds offers free automotive videos on iTunes

Edmunds.com today announced that 21 of its automotive videos are now offered as free podcasts on the iTunes Music Store. Sponsored by Nissan, the video podcasts feature road test reports on vehicles such as the Lexus IS350, the Honda Civic Si, the Nissan Titan and the Porsche Boxster S. In addition, vehicle comparisons include the BMW 330i vs. the Audi A4 and the Mazda MX-5 vs. the Pontiac Solstice.

HBO launches podcasts on iTunes

HBO recently added several podcasts to the iTunes Music Store, including special content from Curb Your Enthusiasm, Extras, Rome, Entourage, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

“Download an HBO Podcast to experience outstanding HBO original programming wherever you are! Sample your favorite HBO shows, get great sports commentary, and laugh along with the best stand-up comedy. Listen to interviews and behind-the-scenes features with the stars and creators of award-winning HBO series, moves and more. Plus, download great Spanish-language programming from HBO Latino.”

[via Micro Persuasion]

‘Podcast’ named word of the year

The editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary have selected “podcast” as the Word of the Year for 2005. Podcast will be defined as “a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.” The word will be added to the next online update of the New Oxford American Dictionary, due in early 2006.

Odeo podcasting service gets major new features

Odeo has launched several new features that enable users to easily record audio, better organize their podcast subscriptions, and share audio with others. Odeo users can now record audio with either a web browser-based tool or over the phone. After you’ve recorded the audio, it’s saved in MP3 format and can be easily shared. The site also gains a new “Audio Inbox” that organizes podcasts that you have subscribed to and audio that has been sent to you by other Odeo users. In addition, the site has been revamped with a simplified homepage and other changes that “make it simpler and move it closer to our vision of Podcasting for Regular People.”

New Podcast: iLounge Week in Review 20

imageNow available is the twentieth iLounge podcast, co-hosted by our Bob Levens and Jeremy Horwitz. This week’s podcast discusses iPod shortages, the launch of the Xbox 360 and some surprises on Xbox-to-iPod compatibility, iTMS video downloads, Apple’s flash supply agreements and battery settlement appeal, car integration with Harman Kardon’s Drive + Play and TEN Technology’s flexibleDock, and more.

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New Podcast: iLounge Week in Review Special Edition - Panel Discussion on iPod, from Tech Toy to Icon

imageNow available is the nineteenth iLounge podcast - a Special Edition, recorded at the Portable Media Expo and Podcasting Conference. For more details, click on Read More below.

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Podcast Expo an ‘unexpected hit’

Approximately 2,500 people from 20 countries and 55 exhibitors attended last week’s Portable Media Expo & Podcasting Conference in Ontario, California. Organizers of the show reportedly anticipated only 1,000 attendees.

“We had two groups of people attending,” show organizer Tim Bourquin told Marketwatch. “The first was folks who just want to do better podcasts and who wanted to meet other podcasters. Then there were the corporate folks who work for companies which want to get into podcasting and do it in a way that puts them in a good light.”

Bourquin said next year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 29 and 30, will be larger and better structured. “We were sold out this time, and lots of people couldn’t attend the sessions they wanted to,” he said. “We’ll probably be creating ‘tracks’, maybe five or six. One for hobbyists, one for the business side of things. With more room, we’ll be able to break it down.”

Portable Media Expo & Podcasting Conference tomorrow, booths opening

imageIf you’re in Southern California on November 11 or 12, we invite you to drop by the iLounge booth (Booth 113) at the Portable Media Expo and Podcasting Conference in Ontario, California. Surrounded by iPod accessory makers Belkin, blueLounge, BTI, Contour Design, Griffin, Macally, Otter Products, Power Support, Speck Products, Thought Out, Tunewear, and Ultimate Ears, the iLounge booth will host many giveaways, a full lounge space for weary attendees, and members of the iLounge editorial staff.

iLounge will also be hosting a panel discussion, “Expanding the iPod: From Tech Toy to Icon, Music to Multimedia,” with leading iPod accessory manufacturers. The panel will convene in Room 107 from 11:45AM to 12:45PM on November 11 (Friday), and is open to attendance by paid conference attendees. TNC New Media’s Official Site for the event contains additional details and travel directions.

New Podcast: iLounge Week in Review 18, Holiday Buyers’ Guide Edition

imageNow available is the eighteenth iLounge podcast, co-hosted by our Bob Levens and Jeremy Horwitz. This week’s podcast discusses many of the brand new features, Sneak Peeks and reviews found in the new Holiday Buyers’ Guide 2005-2006, which can be downloaded separately and paged through during the podcast, or you can download our new Enhanced Podcast with embedded images from the new Buyers’ Guide, for thumbnail-sized viewing on color 4G, 5G, and nano-sized iPods.

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New Podcast: iLounge Week in Review 17, London MacExpo Edition

imageNow available is the seventeeth iLounge podcast, co-hosted by our Bob Levens and Jeremy Horwitz. This week’s podcast discusses MacExpo 2005 in London, which is going on right now, as well as the iBelieve crucifix accessory for iPod shuffle, the opening of iTMS Australia, Bob’s evolving feelings on the 5G iPod, and more.

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New Podcast: iLounge Week in Review 16

imageNow available is the sixteenth iLounge podcast, co-hosted by our Bob Levens and Jeremy Horwitz. This week’s podcast discusses the lawsuit over iPod nano scratching, brand new iPod 5G and nano cases and accessories, the impressive Vaja iVod Crystal, and of course our review of the new 5G iPods.

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CBS offers podcasts on iTunes Music Store

CBS has announced that it is now offering a slew of free audio podcasts, from “60 Minutes” to “Guiding Light,” on Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Other offerings include: “Face The Nation,” “Survivor Live,” “CBS Soapbox,” “NFL Hot Topic,” and “Fantasy Football: Roster Trends.”

“Podcasting has become a way of life for an increasingly growing population, and I’m confident our programming will find a whole new audience on this hugely popular platform,” said Larry Kramer, CBS Digital Media president. “With one click on iTunes, users can now receive podcasts from each of our divisions, including entertainment and sports. We’re very pleased to be working with iTunes on this promotion, and we look forward to exposing and sharing our programming with an audience that might not be traditional TV viewers.”

The Pros and Cons of iPod Video: iLounge Podcast 15

imageIs the first video iPod any good? A big mistake? iLounge editors Jeremy Horwitz (in Irvine, California) and Bob Levens (in Cambridge, U.K.) started out with markedly different opinions on iPod video features before Apple Computer’s announcement of the fifth-generation iPod yesterday, but now they’ve changed their minds. Listen to the fifteenth iLounge Week in Review podcast to hear these two editors express their views on the new iPod, and learn all about its new features and omissions. Yesterday’s special breaking news podcast from San Jose, California is also still available for download.

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New Podcast: iLounge Week in Review iPod 5G Special!

imageNow available is a brand new mid-week podcast from iLounge’s Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz, bringing first details on the brand new fifth-generation (video) iPod, and many other major announcements made at Apple’s One More Thing event in San Jose, California. If you want first details and hands-on impressions of the new iPod, you’ll want to download this podcast. We apologize for the audio quality - we recorded live in a crowded setting.

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Yahoo! launches podcast service

Yahoo! has embraced podcasting in a major way with the launch of a new online destination that lets users easily find, listen to, rate and subscribe to podcasts. The service, which is now in beta stage and located at podcasts.yahoo.com, features a large podcast directory, community tools, and compatibility with iTunes and iPods.

“Yahoo! Podcasts offers community ratings and reviews to help people find the right podcasts for them, user tagging for better searching and discoverability, and a comprehensive podcast search,” explains Yahoo!. “In addition, Yahoo! is providing most popular and highest rated lists, category browsing and editorial picks. Yahoo! plans to add more features to Yahoo! Podcasts throughout the beta period, including personalized recommendations and easy-to-use publishing tools, which will allow anyone to create and publish their own podcasts.”

New Podcast: The iLounge Week in Review 13

imageNow available is the thirteenth iLounge podcast, co-hosted by iLounge’s Bob Levens and Jeremy Horwitz. This week’s podcast discusses at length iLounge’s take on next week’s “One More Thing” Apple event and the surrounding rumors, the current Lounge Poll and what people really want Apple to add to the iPod, reviews of Klipsch’s iGroove and Oregon Scientific’s iBall, Oakley’s Thump 2 sunglasses, and by request, what’s hot in the iLounge Discussion Forums.

If you haven’t listened to our podcasts before - or if you have taken a break from them - this is definitely the one you should hear.

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PodSpider podcast search engine unveiled

RapidSolution Software has taken the wraps off its new PodSpider Portal. The portal features access to over 20,000 podcasts and features the largest directory of podcasts available in the English language. The launch of the portal accompanies a new version of the PodSpider software for Windows, v. 1.2. The software offers synchronization between a user’s PC and MP3 player, including the iPod. The PodSpider Premium software sells for $24.95 (50% off for a limited time); a free version is also available.

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