Podcasting: the next big thing?

A journalist friend, who’s only just getting to grips with blogging is fairly gung ho about the possibilities offered by the latest in online media – the podcast. Podcasting is focused on the use of the Ipod, something of a cult item amongst those who possess one, to carry broadcasts made easily available online.

It may have some problems in repeating the popular success of the blog revolution.

1 it can make use of the hyperlink, which can make even the dullest writer worth returning to over and over. Good radio demands good content and performance.

2 unlike text, audio is hard to speed search for eye catching content.

3 the audience levels are dependent on having an Ipod, which is not yet at critically high levels.

The thought of being able to produce shortish compelling audio pieces at next to no price is likely to expand the possibilities for small independent net content producers is genuinely exciting. For instance, making original interviews from Slugger’s next research project.

It also tempts me into actually buying an ipod with the thought of downloading conventional radio programmes from Radio Ulster and RTE, so I can listen to them when walking the dogs, or rocking the baby, instead of being bent over the laptop or PC.

  • ShayPaul


    Buy an ipod you won’t regret it.

    It is so cooool and so many things you can do with it.

    Exists in mini, standard, photo and U2 versions.

    For me photo is the way to go and it ‘ll get better.

  • Henry94

    I strongly suspect I’m getting one for Christmas (I’ve certainly dropped enough hints). I can hardly wait.

  • Davros

    Don’t laugh at this old Luddite, but what is so special about an i-pod ? Why is it better than the groovy old portable Cassette players of the 70’s ?

  • Gerry O’Sullivan

    I got one earlier this year. It is incredibly versatile, and my poor old CD player is now gathering dust, as I just play the iPod through the hi-fi. There’s a wealth of third party accessories for it as well, like speakers, car kits, etc.

    Of course, it’s more than just a music player. It can be used as a portable hard drive, and the new photo version has widened the parameters even further.

    I’m not sure I understand the principles behind podcasting. Can anyone explain what are RSS feeds, which are referred to in the links?

  • Gerry O’Sullivan


    but what is so special about an i-pod ?

    Imagine all your music stored and readily available in a device only the size of a cassette box.

    That’s an iPod.

  • David Antsinpants

    Bollocks Mick – you don’t know any journalists at all.

  • ShayPaul

    Don’t laugh at this old Luddite, but what is so special about an i-pod ?


    Go into a shop and try one.

  • ShayPaul


    Think of this :

    Several thousand audio books on a credit card sized device strapped to your arm that you listen to on the move.

    This is one simple advantage of an ipod.

  • James

    I will never abandon print, no matter what. It passes the time while driving.

  • Davros

    Shay – I have a couple of Hundred CDs. I listen to about 20 regularly and they are already on my computer 🙂 I’ld rather spend a couple of Hundred quid on books that I can use to find awkward quotes against my good friends such as George and Yourself 😉

  • ShayPaul


    Transfer those cds to you ipod.

    Download some good audio books from the itunes store.

    Forget about George and I, and enjoy the festive season.

    We’ll be back in 2005 to drive you crazy,


  • Davros

    Hey, I don’t want to forget about you two 🙂 It’s friends that give the net meaning beyond it’s use for news-gathering and academic research.