When Blogging Meets Media and Becomes Podcasting
You knew it had to come. The Web waits for no one. Building on the success of RSS, Really Simple Syndication, more commonly known as blogs, is Podcasting. A Podcast is essentially the same as an RSS XML-formatted feed. The only difference is that it works not only with textual information, but also files, such as an MP3 file.
You will need a Podcaster reader and links to special Podcasting feeds. The best one I have found is at Podcasters.org, which has links to Windows, Mac, and Linux readers. Be warned: This is experimental stuff. The current release of the Windows Podcaster tool is only on 0.11, and it is really unstable. But when you can get it working, it is very cool. You can add in a Podcast XML feed, such as Evil Genius Chronicles (http://www.evilgeniuschronicles.org/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi/index.rss), and the tool retrieves the feed and all content. In next to no time, you have a collection of MP3s on your hard drive.
Where I can see this really taking off is with news groups such as CNN and the BBC, which provide a lot of content already for free. Podcasting would be a way to broadcast content as it happens to all subscribers in the same way that blogging does today.
Whatever happens, you first heard of Podcasting here.