Podcasts, Olympics, Censorship!

22 02 2008

The Guardian, the popular UK newspaper and website, is reporting how members of the 2008 Olympic games in China might be victims of Internet censorship by the Olympic committee. This is a story for us because it involves podcasting: athletes (or “persons accredited at the games”, which includes media and Olympic staff) won’t be able to take video or audio of their experiences while at Olympic competitions, and therefore can’t make audio or video podcasts.

Internet censorship in China has long been a sticky subject, with debate as to how the government regulates Internet usage of its citizens, but this decision has been made independently by the International Olympic Committee — therefore it only seems ironic that this issue is / will be based in China. We’re anticipating a lot of podcasts about the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and we were definitely hoping for any podcasts about action in the trenches, on the fields and by the racing tracks at the Games.

We now hope this issue brings light to Internet censorship, and to how audio and video taken by anyone is just as important (or moreso) as the ‘journalism’ a newspaper, radio station, or magazine would provide. The dictionary says journalism is “material of current interest or wide popular appeal”. Sounds like a podcast by someone at the Olympics would have wide popular appeal, wouldn’t it?





2007 Podcast Audience Almost 3x Bigger Than the Year Before

14 02 2008

18 million is a big number!An online marketing company named eMarketer just estimated that 18.5 million people listened to or watched podcasts last year, up from 6.5 million in 2006.  That’s quite a jump if you ask us.  Combine a growing podcast audience with the fact that more and more podcasts are being made and you have a global trend that expects an audience of 65 million people in 2012.  In early 2006 eMarketer predicted the worldwide podcast market would hit 25 million people in 2008, and it looks like we’re on our way.  You can do your part to help that trend by telling your friends and family about Podcast.com and how they too can enjoy podcasts for work and play.  Everybody’s doing it!





Want to Be a Political Podcaster?

25 01 2008

If you do, you have your chance — the New York Times is looking for some people to record audio at the various political primaries around the United States on “Super Tuesday”, when citizens in many states around the country will be voting for who could become the next American president.  If you live in or around one of the following states — or are interested in traveling for this opportunity — check this link for more information:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California (Northern & Southern)
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Kansas
Massachusets
Minnesota
Missouri
New Jersey
North Dakota
New Mexico
Oklahoma
Tennessee
Utah





Podcast.com and … Your Taxes?

23 01 2008

April.  It’s one of the most nerve-wracking months of the year for many Americans.  It’s when good citizens submit their tax returns to the government and hope (pray) they got some money back — or don’t have to pay too much.  (I’m getting this shivers just thinking about it.)  To alleviate your pain, your good friends (really?) at the IRS put together a podcast that details how to make sense of it all, whether you’re filing your taxes as an individual, business, student, etc.  You can subscribe here.





Our Top 10 Podcasts of 2007

8 01 2008

It’s our annual Top 10 Podcasts of the Year list, and by ‘our’ we mean ‘your’, because you selected these ten podcasts by listening to and watching them more than any other podcasts available through Podcast.com. All in all, you listened to and watched podcasts through Podcast.com over one million times in 2007. From that cool million, we present you with this page with our ten most popular podcasts (or listen to them all in one place here — no video podcasts made our top ten, surprisingly).





119th Rose Parade Tour and Slideshow

2 01 2008

Not many parades are almost universally recognized around the United States, yet even those who aren’t fans of college football are very likely to have at least caught a glimpse of the annual Rose Parade that accompanies the Rose Bowl Game.  Yesterday’s 119th Rose Parade featured 46 brightly colored and intricately designed floats, and in honor of all that hard work the Tournament of Roses crew created an audio tour and slideshow for your portable media player that details each of the floats in the parade and how they were made, accompanied by photos.  Download this podcast and relive the parade magic, at least to tide yourself over until next year.





Author Nabs Book Deal Using His Podcast

18 12 2007

We just talked about how award-winning science fiction authors are putting out their work as self-produced podcasts, and already the bar has been raised. Novelist J.C. Hutchins recently wrote three books, entitled Descent, Deceit, and Destruction, respectively, that make up a trilogy called the 7th Son. As he wrote the chapters he read them aloud, recorded them, and released them as podcasts, along the way picking up 30,000 listeners and getting his work profiled in the New York Times. That effort paid off as Hutchins just announced he signed a contract with St. Martin’s Press to publish Descent. Congrats to Hutchins on the contract and for promoting podcasting to the science fiction world.