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Is ‘Podcasting’ the next big thing?

“‘Podcasting’ is a term that is probably unfamiliar to most people, but it represents a real potential change in the radio landscape. A small group of enthusiasts has begun cobbling together a way to easily share homemade radio shows, eventually allowing people to reach large numbers of listeners by completely bypassing the current structure of radio. [...]

But Podcasting—like blogging—seems to combine the best of the Internet with the best of traditional media. It’s a way for someone to create and distribute a show to 40 people. And it also would allow a media company to distribute audio content to millions.”

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i do this right now.  i use a modded itrip to extend the range and while i drive around i have a sticker in my car “wanna listen to what i am listening to?  tune to 87.9”.  hopefully this will make it easier for me to broadcast to more people.

bring it on

Posted by toothpaste in Irvine, CA on September 30, 2004 at 11:17 AM (CDT)


While I can see how you would make this mistake, poscasting doesn’t refer to broadcasting low-power FM from the iPod.  Rather, it refers to the automatic scheduled download of audio programs using RSS feeds, into the iPod or other portable media device.  A good place to start is


Posted by Michael Gomez in Irvine, CA on September 30, 2004 at 11:52 AM (CDT)


Wait, I think Marconi did this decades ago, except it wasn’t with a pod…it was RADIO.

Hello? Its broadcasting. Break some more FCC rules or violate the new bills they are passing for sending content with out consent of the artist.

Ok, maybe a free-talk show is one thing, but the dorm room broadcast it beyond free speech..its ripping music again.

Better yet, let’s rewrap the old fruitcake in the freezer and call it something new and wonderful.

Communicism at its best!

Posted by uzombie in Irvine, CA on September 30, 2004 at 12:31 PM (CDT)


uzombie: Get a life.

Posted by _ in Irvine, CA on September 30, 2004 at 1:58 PM (CDT)


‘Wait, I think Marconi did this decades ago, except it wasn’t with a pod…it was RADIO.’

Yeah, but radios have CRAPPY SONGS!!! And they play the same thing OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!!

Posted by dino in Irvine, CA on September 30, 2004 at 2:33 PM (CDT)


Toothpaste, how did you mod your iTrip?  I’ve always wanted to do the very same thing but the range, well, blows.

Posted by Axe in Irvine, CA on September 30, 2004 at 4:21 PM (CDT)


I get a pretty good range from my unmodified iTrip. *shrug* I also have a bumpersticker on my car “advertising” my favorite radio station. :^) I even got “boingboinged”

Posted by i_r_beej in Irvine, CA on September 30, 2004 at 5:07 PM (CDT)


interesting spin on the whole winamp shoutcast thing-

i wish iTunes could broadcast via a shoutcast plugin-right now i have to save all my iTunes playlists and convert them to Winamp.

Posted by darth in Irvine, CA on September 30, 2004 at 5:35 PM (CDT)


uzombie is right. It is illegal. This sort of thing will give iPod users in general a bad name.

Posted by PeeBee in Irvine, CA on September 30, 2004 at 6:39 PM (CDT)


Ah streaming internet radio feeds, either transient or stored. This is *so* 1995. I know it’s hard for you young’uns to remember, but there was a time when the Internet seemed alive with the potential to host millions of individual, personalized broadcast streams. Website aggregators were springing up to collect and publish these broadcasts (narrowcasts might be a better term) and to let people mix and match, pick and choose.

The future looked bright. It was 1997. Then convinced by RIAA lobbying, Congress and the copyright cops acted to impose usurious rates on webcasting. It became prohibitively expensive to broadcast music over the Internet, with official performance and mechanical reproduction rates set at several hundred, and in some cases, several thousand, times what over-the-air broadcastgers like Clear Channel have to pay.

See the RIAA felt threatened by losing control over what people listen to. With the domination of over 90% of broadcast media by barely a dozen companies, it’s easy for media companies to figure out who to bribe, to wine, and to dine. Control is made simple and transparent. Genres can be managed. Jessica SImpson can be predictably and controllably sidelined in favor of her younger sister. The music business is regulated easily. TGhere is no need to keep going out to find new sounds and new demographics.

The potential of the Internet to create several *thousand* broadcasters and to fragment the market would lead to chaos! People would be listening to what they wanted, whenever they wanted! That’s just wrong!

And so the RIAA got their wish and by 1999/2000 all of the budding internet broadcasting companies were fading away or shut down. People could no longer easily find music they wanted to listen to.

What happened then? Napster! The broadcast model, easily legislated into oblivion, was replaced by a download model. And we all know what happened next.

So without the effective outlawing of Internet radio, there would have been no Napster. And hence no mp3 download explosion. And hence no large capacity mp3 players. And hence eventually no iPod.

It’s nice that it’s come full circle, but without paying broadcasting royalties any large scale adoption of this technology faces severe regulatory hurdles.

Posted by everything old is new in Irvine, CA on September 30, 2004 at 7:27 PM (CDT)


maybe cuz its 3:30 am, ,but i still dont get what htis is all about

Posted by jorwex in Irvine, CA on October 1, 2004 at 1:10 AM (CDT)


if you guys knew your history i think you would know that i was nicola tesla who invented the radio…marconi stole the idea

Posted by teczar in Irvine, CA on October 3, 2004 at 11:24 PM (CDT)


Mr. Gomez is probably more on-topic here than the discussions of broadcasting or radio or . . . whatever this board has derailed onto.  I would advise following his link and getting some background.  This is probably closer to “iPod Tivo” than anything.  (Thanks for the recap, though, eoin.)

Posted by DBB in Irvine, CA on October 8, 2004 at 9:05 AM (CDT)


I just want OGG support on the ipod…

Posted by ReMi in Irvine, CA on October 10, 2004 at 2:45 PM (CDT)


Alot of coments here miss the point. Try it before you judge it. Go to <>
As DBB said it is like ipod tivo and in the future could be a popular way of delivering all kinds of media.

Posted by ford in Irvine, CA on October 11, 2004 at 8:16 AM (CDT)


I tried this just last night and I’m hooked!  I was just thinking the other day that someone needs to come up with a way to sample radio broadcasts (minus using something like the Radioshark) on the iPod.  I’m talking hear stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily hear on the radio which can be done with out breaking copyright laws or interfering with broadcast rights.  Looks like Adam Curry has done it and should be commended for this.  The whole RSS thing for audio thing is brilliant!  Oh and people should know here that what is being broadcast is being broadcast independantly from  For instance Leo Laporte’s radio broadcast is being sucked down from his site, not from anywhere else.  That means since Leo and or the radio station is the copy right holder and you got it from them, you got it fee and legal.  There are no laws being broken here.  :)

Posted by Phoenixfury in Irvine, CA on October 11, 2004 at 12:04 PM (CDT)

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