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NBC offers podcasts of news shows

Posted by michaelshawnlane on November 14, 2006

NBC News will offer “NBC Nightly News” and “Meet the Press” free on iTunes.

NBC has been streaming video on MSNBC.com.  Now you will have the opportunity to download these two videos.

This is certainly a step in the right direction.  More and more people want the ability to watch a show either on there computer or some type of portable device.  This will give you that opportunity. 


Posted in Apple, Audio, Blogroll, Free MP3 Downloads, iPod/iTunes, Podcast News, Podcast Post, Podcasts, portable audio, Portable Media, Quicktime, Technology | 3 Comments »

Cupertino, California is Podcasting

Posted by michaelshawnlane on November 7, 2006

Cupertino, California is adding video podcasts to it on-demand webcasting service.  This will allow citizens to listen/view public record of agendas, minutes and staff reports. 

“It is our goal to continue to use technology, like that offered by Granicus, to improve city communication with residents,” said Cupertino City Manager David Knapp. “Increasingly, there is a need to deliver municipal information through a medium that is both effective and convenient.”  The podcasts contain webcasts if city council, planning and parks and recreation meetings.

This is certainly a great idea and it is nice to see a city using technology that will help keep the citizens informed on what is happening in there city.

Posted in Audio, Free MP3 Downloads, iPod/iTunes, Podcast News, Podcast Post, Podcasts, portable audio, Portable Media, Technology | Leave a Comment »

Audio Movie Reviews

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 31, 2006

So you watched the latest movie that came out or an old classic.  Now you want to go online and give it a review.  Now you can record you review and post the review on WildVoice.  WildVoice has partnered with a movie fan community called Yamji.  Users of Yamji can leave the audio review through WildVoice which will appear in there WildVoice channel and will be included on Yamji in the correct movie review page.

For more information check out: http://www.wildvoice.com/launch/yamji.aspx

Posted in Audio, Blogroll, Free MP3 Downloads, Movie Reviews, Podcast News, Podcast Post, Podcasts, portable audio, Technology | Leave a Comment »

WildVoice Launches Halloween Podcast Series

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 25, 2006

Starting today over at WildVoice Ron Nasty who does the Podcast “Final Taxi.” will start a week of daily Halloween Podcasts.  Just in time to get you in the mood for Halloween. 

This is certainly a great idea to have theme based Podcasts.  WildVoice is certainly trying something that will be fun and entertaining to listen too as Halloween quickly approaches us.

Press release from WildVoice:

WildVoice Podcaster ‘Ron Nasty’ Launches Halloween Series of True Horror Stories

Daily tales of the undead set for ‘Final Taxi’ Podcasts starting October 25

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 24, 2006 – Ron Nasty’s ‘Final Taxi’ Podcasts typically celebrate the lives of entertainers who’ve recently passed away.  Starting October 25, he’ll shift his focus to the undead for a week of daily podcasts on ghosts, vampires and haunted houses.  Each day he’ll tell a true horror story, culminating with a final show for the series on Halloween night at midnight.  For a preview, go to www.wildvoice.com/People/RonNasty.aspx

“Halloween is about taking the morbid, scary and unknown and then making it something fun and celebratory.  ‘Final Taxi’ has a similar goal – taking news of a tragic loss and turning it into a nostalgic and fun celebration of life,” said Ron Nasty.  “A week of true horror stories was a perfect fit to commemorate Halloween with some truly creepy Podcasts of those who never quite got out of their Final Taxi.”

Final Taxi
‘Final Taxi’ is a regular Podcast and fan favorite on WildVoice.com, an online community for listening, creating and sharing personal media broadcasts.  Ron Nasty provides audio obituaries for celebrities, musicians, writers and other entertainment luminaries, remembering their lives and contributions after they pass away. 

“Whenever I heard that an entertainer has passed away – especially an actor from a favorite childhood show – I’d get nostalgic and talk to friends, remembering back to old times.  When I discovered WildVoice, I thought that others might also enjoy hearing my tributes to lost entertainers, leading to the creation of ‘Final Taxi,’” said Ron Nasty.

WildVoice makes it fun and easy to create, share and enjoy Podcasts.  WildVoice.com features a wide range of audio broadcasts, including movie reviews, original music, shock jock talk shows and political diatribes.  Anyone can contribute a Podcast.  Users can create professional-quality shows with WildVoice Studio – an easy-to-use application that creates Podcasts and lets you include special effects, theme music and pre-recorded clips to be included.  WildVoice Shout allows for quick and spontaneous recording right from the Web page.  To create your own, or hear what others have done, please go to www.WildVoice.com

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Convert That Blog/RSS Feed Into An MP3

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 24, 2006

For those of you who are tired of reading your favorite blog or RSS feed now using Odiogo software it will turn that feed into an MP3.  Odiogo downloads your favorite blog feeds or RSS news and converts the text into an MP3 file that you can listen via an MP3 player.

In three easy steps it will convert your favorite blog feeds or RSS news.  First you select the feed.  Then you click refresh to download the feeds and then Odiogo converts them into an MP3 file.  The last step you drop the file onto your MP3 player.

The cost of the software is $29.99, with a 15 day money back guarantee.  The software works on Windows XP or Windows 2000, sorry Mac users.

I listened to the samples on there website.  The software does a really good job of converting the text to speech.  The voice quality is relatively good.  It does sound robotic at times.  Over-all if you are looking for a software package to convert your favorite blog feeds or RSS news so that you can listen to them.  Odiogo might be what you need.


Posted in Apple, Blogroll, iPod/iTunes, Podcast News, Podcast Post, Podcasts, Portable Media, Technology | 4 Comments »

iTunes Store Now Has PBS Programs

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 11, 2006


You can now download from iTunes Store PBS shows for $1.99 each.  Here are the shows you can get immediately: Antiques Roadshow; Nova; Now; Scientific American Frontiers; Arthur; Cyberchase; and Fetch!.

PBS is a non-profit media enterprise that serves 354 public noncommercial television stations.  This should be good for PBS.  This is another outlet for them to raise money by selling there shows on iTunes.  

Posted in Apple, iPod/iTunes, Podcast News, Podcast Post, Podcasts, portable audio, Portable Media, Quicktime, Technology | 1 Comment »

Podcasting Software

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 10, 2006

Podcast Station allows you to record, edit, mix and publish your podcasts.  Works on Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP.  The list of features is amazing. 

It recently was awarded “Best All Inclusive Podcasting Software” at the 2006 Podcast and Portable Media Expo.

For more information click Podcast Station.

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Make Sure You Edit Your Podcast…..Right CNET?

Posted by michaelshawnlane on October 6, 2006

For those of you who listen to Buzz Out Loud Podcast, CNET’s “podcast of indeterminate length” got a little surprise this week on Wednesday October 4, 2006. In my drive home from work I was listening to the podcast and on this day the topics and the way they were talking seemed different. The podcast features Tom, Molly, and producer Veronica. This daily Podcast discusses the latest technology news. As I listened to the podcast the topics didn’t seem really technology related and some of the things seemed inappropriate for certain listeners to hear. I was surprised at what I heard and even the “F” word was dropped. Glad my four year old son was not in the car. This went on for a little over five minutes and then they started the show like they always do, with an introduction from Tom, Molly, and Veronica.

So what happened? Well it appears that Veronica forgot to edit that part out of the podcast before uploading it up to be downloaded. On the next podcast for October 5, 2006 Veronica apologized and felt really bad about what had happened. I am not writing this to come down on CNET’s Buzz Out Loud Podcast; it is a great daily podcast. We all make mistakes. I think it is important to note as podcasts become more main stream and companies continue to invest there advertising dollars into podcasts. You must be careful in editing your podcasts before allowing it to be downloaded. One slip up could have you loosing your advertising dollars.

This is certainly a lesson for anyone who podcasts or is thinking about podcasting. Be sure to edit and make sure you know what you are uploading before your listeners download your podcast.

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Michael Levy of WildVoice Interview

Posted by michaelshawnlane on September 19, 2006

Recently I had the chance to interview Michael Levy, co-founder of WildVoice. Here is how the interview went.

What is WildVoice?

WildVoice is a free end-to-end Podcasting service geared for people who are interested in sharing their own audio programs and recordings. What is unique about WildVoice is that our site and tools make it easy for anyone to create and publish audio recordings, but many of our users may not even know what Podcasting is. WildVoice offers free software and tools for creating personal recordings and Podcasts, WildVoice provides each user with a mini-web site within the WildVoice.com community to publish their shows and recordings. Users can personalize their space, publish their audio, and include rich formatted text. All audio published within WildVoice is part of a user’s Podcast. RSS is automatically generated for each user’s channel.

Why would someone use WildVoice to Podcast?

WildVoice is easy and fun to use. With WildVoice, a user can quickly sign up, create a recording, and publish it to the site. Some people may have ambitions to have a second career as a Podcaster. However, just as most bloggers are not professional writers, not everyone interested in creating their own audio programs wants to be a professional or commercial Podcaster.

WildVoice makes it easy for anyone to create and publish their own shows as Podcasts. The shows can be as simple as a short joke or story, or complex like professional talk radio hosts. WildVoice provides the tools users need to record their audio. WildVoice provides both a rich Windows application called WildVoice Studio that lets users create a show in the style of Radio DJ or talk show host. WildVoice also provides the “Shout” web recorder for Windows users to recorder short recordings or to leave audio messages for other users.

Do you consider WildVoice a social networking site?

WildVoice does have social networking features. For example, users can establish relationships with others as a Friend or as a Fan of another user. WildVoice uses these relationships so users can control who can see their shows. A user can post a show on WildVoice and limit it so only their friends can see the post.

As our community grows we expect users to enjoy the social networking features of WildVoice. However, WildVoice is primarily a site for sharing audio programs. The social networking features built into the site are to enhance that sharing experience.

WildVoice just announced the ability to add audio messages to blogs and social networking sites. Why did WildVoice decide to offer this additional service?

Certainly, MySpace is a phenomenon that all new web companies must understand and learn to co-exist with. As we looked at MySpace one thing what was surprising was MySpace users place a good deal of personal information on their MySpace profiles. Today, they post photos of themselves and write about themselves. However, all these users include music in their profile. It seemed that MySpace users in particular would embrace an easy to use method to post their own recordings in their MySpace profile. Most MySpace users write about themselves and their friends, they post pictures of themselves and their friends. Now with WildVoice MySpace users can include their own voice welcoming their friends to their profile.

With more and more Podcasts available each day and now you have Podcasts with advertising in them. What do you see for the future for Podcasting? Do you see companies willing to put more of there advertising dollars toward Podcasts?

If you look at how web technology spread in the mid-nineties it followed a pattern that we believe will be duplicated as Podcasting is further adopted. First, the early adopters and technology companies embraced the technology, then businesses started to publish their corporate information or “brochure” sites, then the greatest success of the Internet came when individual users found ways to publish their own content: this included early personal web publishing, social networks like MySpace, and of course the explosion in blogging.

Podcasting today is following a similar path. Twelve months ago only early adopters and technology enthusiasts embraced Podcasting, so there were many great Podcasts covering the technology industry and Podcasting itself. Lately, corporations have embraced Podcasting and they are using Podcasts for marketing and customer communications. At WildVoice we believe that the biggest success in Podcasting will come from ordinary users publishing their own recordings. Just like social networks and blogs, each personal Podcasts may have a small audience. However, we believe personal Podcasting (or personal media broadcasting) overall will become the largest use of Podcast technology.

Right now WildVoice is free to users. Will the service continue to be free and if so how will WildVoice generate revenue to operate?

Today, we are advertising sponsored. Our goal is to draw users to our web site as their primary place to create and share audio. We intend to always offer our current level of service for free to users. In the future we will offer subscription premium accounts for subscribers who require more advanced features or more professional levels of support.

What is next for WildVoice?

We still have many features we consider critical to our vision that we are working on. That is why we continue to call ourselves a Beta. We are constantly updating and improving the site and our tools. In the next weeks you will see a new release of WildVoice Studio and improvements on the WildVoice.com site to give our active users better statistics and feedback from other users in the community. We’re also constantly refining the user experience to make the site easier to use and more enjoyable for both creators of audio and their listeners who come to our site.


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WildVoice Helps You Add Podcasting to MySpace and Blogs

Posted by michaelshawnlane on September 19, 2006

Those of you that have a MySpace site or a blog now have an easy option to add your own Podcast to your site. Why would you want to do this, according to Michael Levy, co-founder of WildVoice “Social networking is all about personalization in the often anonymous cyber world. Nothing is more intimate than hearing a person’s actual voice and WildVoice has worked to help Podcasters add a personal broadcast messages to virtually any blog or social network.”

WildVoice helps you step by step on getting your personal broadcast on your site. First you create your Podcast with either using there WildVoice Shout which is like recording a voicemail. For more of a professional quality you will want to use WildVoice Studio. Once you record you post the file to the WildVoice website. Then WildVoice generates the HTML code that you copy to your site.

So click on over to WildVoice and start adding some personal broadcasts to your site today.

Posted in Blogroll, Podcast News, portable audio, Portable Devices - MP3, Portable Media, Technology | 4 Comments »