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December 03, 2004


I think I've invented something - comments please!  I was playing with PodCasting earlier this week.  PodCasting is RSS with an attachment, in this case an mp3 file.  Rather than read the blogs, you can, if you get everything set up just right, automatically download recorded blogs in the author's own voice directly to your iPod or MP3 player.  If blogging is personal printing press, PodCasting is personal radio broadcasting with TiVo.

Engadget has a tutorial on how to create a podcast.  It assumes the reader has a Mac and that they are willing to use three or four different pieces of software, a sound card, microphone, etc., to make a PodCast.  It's not rocket science, but it is far from easy.  (No offense Engadget, it's a great tutorial; I'm just thinking there could be an alternative that would be easier with only some sacrifice in sound quality.)

What I've come up with is what I'll call "TelePodcasting".  The idea is really, really simple.  To create a PodCast, rather than sitting down in a studio, you simply call in your TelePodcast post using any telephone.  This is the very first ever recorded TelePodcast.  If you clicked on the previous link, you should have heard me talking - if not, maybe your speakers aren't turned on?  The script wasn't very well thought out and I could have spoken clearer, but if I had redone it, then it wouldn't still be the Very First Ever recorded TelePodcast, would it?

The point of PodCasting is not really to listen to the recording directly, but to take the RSS feeds and use them to automatically grab the audio and download them to your iPod or MP3 player.  If you are ready to try that, than this RSS feed should do the trick.

If you haven't encountered PodCasting before, you might be wondering "what's the point?"  Lots of people prefer audio to visual, which is why Books on Tape and Audible are popular.  But there are a lot more uses.  How about politicians delivering their speeches in their own voice to your inbox?  Or State of the Company addresses, or Sales Team Updates - all delivered from any telephone and distributed automatically and instantly.  PodCasting  seems to be growing as fast as blogging and surely a lot of the people would like to have an easier way to update their sites.

I'm not ready to go into how this works exactly, but it is easy to make a post.  You dial a phone number from any telephone, you're prompted to record your message and then magically it appears on the blog. 

I think there is something to this.  I'm not sure if it is a potential product for my company, Gold Systems, or a neat idea or a dumb idea.  What do you think?

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Hi Terry, I like the idea.

At my company, we've got a similar technology, you call, identify your self then an MP3 file with the recording is posted to your blog. The only thing we did not do is to provide an RSS with enclosures so it's actually podcasting.

I think there's no great value in the technology to do this, but rather to find the good use cases for this and to provide a packaged app for this. I really believe in some of the one you describe :)

Posted by: Daniel Gerges | Dec 3, 2004 9:44:22 AM

I think this has a lot of potential. It's kind of like Instant Audio - http://www.instantaudio.com

You should forward a link to Adam Curry and see what he thinks.

Posted by: Derek Scruggs | Dec 3, 2004 10:49:34 AM

Just a quick comment - great to see the thinking that's going on. But first one on a telephone? I've never done it, but Openpodcast http://www.openpodcast.org has been offering a telephone call-in podcast to the public since it's inception. "Call (206) 984-1190 (sorry, no toll-free number yet) and record your segment"

Posted by: Jim Kloss | Dec 3, 2004 11:29:47 AM

Hi Terry,

Forget about whose first ... take a look at this...for your company....it may not be first...but...it's the only one with this to back it up... www.zipcodepodcast.com and more than that... www.babyboomerpodcast.com and also... www.uszipcodemarketing.com and www.consumereverybody.com and www.goldrushmarketingplan.com and 89 other proprietary internet winners. email me for Joint Venture... please. Ted Sass [email protected]

Posted by: Ted Sass | Feb 18, 2005 6:02:29 AM

Hello, Terry. I was searching round the web and finally came across your blog with the Engadget tutorial in it. ANd you see, i think you've made a great deal. Now you know you helped a total noob in his first steps.

Posted by: Terry Simon | Jan 31, 2012 6:51:56 AM