A NYT reporter meanders through an explanation of podcasting: Despite not quite understanding that syndication via RSS enclosure is the special sauce that makes podcasting podcasting, a NYT reporter attempts to overview the basics of podcasting in Thursday’s paper.
Ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, podcasts are essentially do-it-yourself recorded radio programs posted online. Anyone can download them free, and, using special software, listeners can subscribe to favorite shows and even have them automatically downloaded to a portable digital music player.
The first part of that definition, the recording and posting online part, is nothing new. Been around since the birth of the web. Mark Cuban pocketed $1 billion+ for a directory of online audio — okay, it was for a little more than a directory, but my point is, it’s not news, but history, that online audio is available.
Only when you get to the “and even have them automatically downloaded to a portable digital music player” part is the “next, new thingness” of podcasting revealed.
Okay. Perhaps that is too nuanced for the general reader, but, frankly, it’s unfair to all those web radio folks who’ve been doing DIY web-based programming for years.
Also, I guess it is no surprise that a NYT reporter can’t pass up the chance to take a dig at blogging, even when the topic is something else:
Podcasts are the natural technological offspring of Web logs or blogs, those endlessly meandering personal Web musings that now seem to be everywhere online.
I’ll stop my endless meandering there.