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Songbird 0.2 Developer Preview

I finally got around to testing out Songbird

Songbird 0.2 Developer Preview

First impressions? It’s cool. It’s usable. It’s still in development, but I love the concept. It even says “Now with video hack!” which you can see the results of in the image above, where I visited my videoblog at tinkernet.org.

Songbird (the application, and the idea behind it) is cool. I see potential for this thing. As Apple & iTunes seem to take away our rights with each new release, I see Songbird opening things up more and more with each release. When it comes to consuming media, that’s what I’m all about.






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Trigger-Bloggers

Are you one of those trigger-bloggers? You know, you see something on some web site you think is wrong, or you just don’t like, and you post! post! post! as fast as you can, pointing out the errors of someone else’s way…

The latest I’ve seen is the bit about the podsafe music network and the crazy licensing terms brought up by Boing Boing. Now, Adam Curry responded about the changes they made, and this is good, he says:

This is a great example of how the web works; it started with a post on Boing Boing and was followed by a host of pile-jumpers. Although a personal email would have been preferred, it certainly got my attention.

All good, yes indeed, this is how it should work. I think the problem between public finger-pointing via weblogs and private-griping via email is that you leverage the power of the people when you create a post that others can read and point to and amplify. I’ll write up and send an email because I still have my own feedback on the terms, but there’s a chance it will fall into a black hole and I will never get a response.

Now, I’m not saying we don’t need trigger-bloggers, it helps to keep us all honest and on the level with each other, but weigh the options. Sure, everyone wants an email first but everyone also enjoys a good show…

Most importantly, if you do pull the trigger on someone, and they change their ways because of it, please mention the enlightenment you bestowed upon them and the resulting good times that followed. As of my writing this, I still await the post on Boing Boing mentioning the changes PodShow made.

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RasterWeb! Audio (all over again!)

In celebration of Apple thinking we were smart, and finally catching on to our great idea of last year, I present to you, the complete RasterWeb! Audio RSS 2.0 feed with enclosures! Now featuring every episode ever released…

That’s right, over 30 episodes from the original series! Hear the world of podcasting as it existed back in the dark days of Summer 2004, when the podcasts were few, and the clients even fewer! No ads, no networks of similar podcasts, no proper web site, poor quality audio.. What more could you want!?

iTunes, do your worst!

(Dear Apple, please send me an iPod now.)

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Podcasting Must Hears

I’ve been busy lately, real busy… But I thought I should at least take a few minutes to list off some of the stuff I’ve been listening to…

  • Daily Source Code [RSS] – Come on, it’s Adam Curry, ’nuff said right?
  • Evil Genius Chronicles [RSS] – Been listening to Dave since we started this stuff and he, Adam and I all had our own versions of ‘iPodder’ clients… Dave’s an interesting fellow, and always has something interesting to say.
  • The Dawn and Drew Show [RSS] – Yes, I’m probably to blame for getting Drew started on the podcasting thing. What can I say, I so proud… (!?!?)
  • Reel Reviews [RSS] – Brilliant! Film reviews that hit the target, dead on… I’m surprised there isn’t a link to Amazon to buy the DVD‘s, seems like a perfect match.
  • The Rock and Roll Geek Show [RSS] – I can’t say I love all the stuff Mr. Butler plays, but I’ve enjoyed the shows, and it’s pretty darn easy to skip the songs you don’t like (try that with radio!) Again, I’m surprised there isn’t an Amazon affiliate thing going on to sell CD‘s.
  • Coverville [RSS] – I’ve figured out the secret of Coverville, and it’s simple. It’s things that are familiar, but newly discovered all at once. Songs you probably know, done by artists you might now, but it’s all mixed up… or something like that. again, simple to skip the songs you don’t like, kicks the butt of radio.
  • Treo Podcast [RSS] – How can you not like a podcast where the host says “This is a special podcast, if by "special" you mean "drunk."”? Entertaining indeed!
  • Brainwagon Radio [RSS] – I really like the geeky topics of the show. Mark always seems to have some new gadget or experiment to talk about.

Wow, the list is a lot longer than last time we looked at my playlist. This isn’t even it, I just wanted to highlight a few… We still got Trade Secrets, all the stuff at IT Conversations, Eric Rice, Esc From the World!, Jimmy Jett… and the list goes on and on…

A while back Drew and I were discussing the fact that neither of us have really heard Lazer 103 since August… Hmmm, about the time podcasting started to take off… And what’s happening in Denver? Denver radio stations launch battle to win back listeners… Wake up RadioLand! It’s a Brave New World…

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The Podcasting Revolution

I have not really written much about this podcasting thing, and believe me, I could write volumes… I’ve been experimenting with the concept for years and years now. It’s nice that the tools to make it easy are starting to show up…

Adam has got iPodder.org as sort of a hub for this “iPodder platform” and podcasting stuff, which is really starting to catch on. Many of my old scripts to automagically download content are no longer needed as RSS 2.0 feeds with enclosures are starting to appear.

This is all just the beginning. Sure, I’ve got my “little” stuff over in the Audio section, but I’m not really pushing it, I’m more of a kickstarter, and things have been sufficiently kicked…

Just today I was discussing VoIP with someone and they said that their office phone system, which uses VoIP, sends you your voicemail as an email with a wav file attached. Sounds nice, but why not provide an RSS feed of your voicemail with enclosures, so you could sync your iPod as you run out the door, and listen to all of your voicemail on the go. Crazy idea? Maybe…. The point is, there are many applications we might not have thought of yet.

There’s getting to be more daily shows/audioblogs now, and my time is being stretched. (I currently drive about 90 minutes a day and really don’t want that to increase!) I wonder how this will work. Will there be just a few well known shows? Will people shorten their shows? I mean, in 1997 there were a handful of weblogs, and you could read them all during your lunch break, but now we use aggregators to subscribe to hundreds of feeds, and we always have new content, and we rely on being pointed to the good stuff. Perhaps as more people listen we’ll just get into the mode of hitting the episodes that interest us. It’s an interesting problem. I won’t get into the audio/search/metadata thingy right now, as that’s something for another time.

Thank you, and goodnight…