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Mix: The Office, Scary Movie 4, Podfading, VH1 Podcasts

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By LC Angell

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Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2006
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Ben Silverman, an executive producer of NBC’s “The Office,” praised NBC for its willingness to “dive into its iTunes relationship quickly.” He credited the online downloads with boosting broadcast viewership.

The upcoming “Scary Movie 4” prominently features a giant iPod (“triPod”) as part of a plot parody for “War of the Worlds.”

Wired reports on “Podfading”: “Podcasting has drawn thousands on the premise that anyone can create an audio program, build an audience online and even vault to stardom. Less celebrated is the fact that untold numbers of shows just wink out just as suddenly as they started.”

VH1 has announced the addition of four new video podcasts—“Best Night Ever,” “Best Week Ever Daily,” “Best of VH1,” and “Flavor of Love.”

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1

Podfading is definitely something I have observed over the past few months. Glad somebody else noticed it as well and put a name to it. Some of my favorite podcasts did five or six episodes then fell off the face of the planet. Incidentally, the iLounge Week in Review podcast seems to have suffered from this cruel affliction.

Posted by Hrothgar on February 7, 2006 at 2:47 PM (PDT)

2

Oh…people still listen to podcasts?

Posted by PushButtonAction in Atlanta, GA on February 7, 2006 at 4:34 PM (PDT)

3

Hrothgar,
We recently made this statement regarding the iLounge podcasts -
Many of you have asked when we will be resuming the iLounge Podcasts. After much deliberation we have put the production of podcasts on indefinite hold. When we balanced the time required to produce the show against the low numbers of actual downloads - even when the show was ranked #8 in the US on the iTunes Music Store - we felt that three individuals’ time was better spent creating and maintaining other portions of the site.

Unlike the vast majority of podcasts we had the expanse of the Atlantic and the continental US to overcome, as well as an eight hour time difference. To produce a quality podcast, we sometimes needed to have several ‘takes’ (mostly because of technical difficulties), which became time consuming and seriously impacted other aspects of iLounge “operations”.

We appreciate the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from listeners. Thank you for downloading and listening to the iLounge podcasts, and we hope that you understand our reasons for making this decision.

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on February 7, 2006 at 5:11 PM (PDT)

4

Ah, thanks for the update Bob. Sorry to hear that. :(

Posted by Hrothgar on February 8, 2006 at 9:02 AM (PDT)

5

Steve Jobs called Podcasts Waynes World - I’m thinking he hit the nail on the head. It’s just not that exciting.  Video Podcasts - these will be pretty sweet.

Posted by Steve Miller on February 8, 2006 at 10:37 AM (PDT)

6

I can’t enjoy video podcasts while I drive, which is when I’m most likely to listen to a podcast. Plus, amateurish production values are that much more apparent when you add video to the mix. It’s like public access. Occasionally funny, but rarely engaging. There are a few exceptions, of course, but by and large I haven’t found any video podcasts that blow me away just yet, certainly nothing that would hold my interest for the 60, 30, or even 15 minutes that an audio podcast can.

Posted by Hrothgar on February 9, 2006 at 7:50 AM (PDT)

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