by Colin Maddocks
If you are fed up with listening to your local FM station
and the mass of inane adverts that punctuate each show,
or, if you crave interesting spoken word programmes that
are written and presented by excited, knowledgeable enthusiasts,
then Adam Curry's "Daily Source Code" podcast
may be just what your a looking for.
Adam is one of a rapidly increasing group known as "podcasters",
whose shows are created to be heard on iPods or other
MP3 players. Formerly an MTV video-jock, he is the man
who created the "iPodder" program. Downloadable
from www.iPodder.org, this easy to use software allows
you to decide which audio feed you wish to subscribe to.
This is then automatically added to your iPod or MP3 player
to listen to when you decide.
The great thing about Podcasting is that it allows listeners
to download their favourite shows automatically. There
are now tons of "advertisement-free" radio channels
for listeners to subscribe to, with more emerging every
Once set-up with a program like iPodder your favourite
program downloads automatically whilst you sleep, so that
you can listen to it on the journey into work the next
day, or whenever it suits you. You are not tied to any
schedule. It is true radio-on-demand.
When you visit ipodder.org you will see details of the
latest podcasts and you will be able to easily subscribe
to great shows such as "Coverville", a music
show consisting purely of really interesting cover versions
as well as the truly original, if not a little whacky,
"Whole Wheat Radio" from Talkeetna, Alaska.
There are, of course, lots of shows created and presented
by true Podcast enthusiasts and knowledgable techies,
such as "The Engadget Podcast" and "IT
Conversations". However, by mixing all of these topic
areas you can end up with a true, custom-made audio experience
that meets all of your listening requirements.
Podcasting is still in its' infancy and over the next
12 months you will see more and more growth in this unique
field. Podcasting is a real example of a technology that
simply could not have existed even 2 years ago and with
just a little effort on your part over the coming months
you could play a significant part in the development of
this exciting and creative medium.
About the Author
Colin Maddocks is a web-based travel agent and marketeer
running several, successful web businesses, including
www.ipod-accessories-4u.com and www.instantholidays.com.
He is particularly excited by new web developments in
RSS Feeds and Podcasting. Colin has written many articles
on web selling and technology.