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All the uses for podcasts

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June 02, 2005

All the uses for podcasts

Stephen Baker

Rex Hammock has an interesting post on podcasting, in which he lists various markets podcasting can crash. Among them: Seminars, city tours, and motivational appeals on everything from losing weight to goosing sales. A couple more from me: university lectures and foreign-language study. Within the next semester or two, I see university students on-the-go catching up with a sociology lecture they slept through, or listening to a Spanish reading from Lope de Vega. This trend is racing ahead. (That reminds me: I have to push for more podcasts from here. I'd welcome suggestions on any you'd like to hear.)

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I'd appreciate anything that would aid in separating the hype from the substance on podcasting. I have zero interest in the hype, other than in the form of a marketing case study, but am quite interested in whatever substance does in fact underly the hype. By all means give us coverage of the substance, but if you can't do it without the hype, you'll lose me.

I walk over three hours a day and prefer to let my mind wander and focus on problem solving and enjoy the real sights and sounds around me. Sure, I suppose I get give up 15 minutes of that time for a podcast of real value, but everything I've sampled so far falls far short of the value I get without the technological assist.

I would note that I may in fact be in the minority on thsi issue of podcasting.

BTW, I hope BusinessWeek's blog software doesn't delete the blank lines I carefully placed between my paragraphs.

-- Jack Krupansky

Posted by: Jack Krupansky at June 2, 2005 02:41 PM

Thanks. I've been blogspotted. I completely agree w/ your ideas. I expect, however, there's already an underground marketplace for un-authorized recordings of class lectures. : ). Gee, I went to college about 30 years to early. Also, your suggestion made me recall this program for the Berklee School of Music in Boston:

Posted by: Rex Hammock at June 2, 2005 02:55 PM

I thought, I read somewhere that Duke University gives an iPod to all of its freshers.. to help them with their coursework.

Suggested podcasts: Interviews of other bloggers (to start with)

Posted by: Venky Krishnamoorthy at June 2, 2005 10:41 PM

Yes, indeed! Podcast lectures are in full swing. Duke has scaled back on its iPods for every freshman scheme for the next academic year

But other U.S. universities are picking up on podcasting, too. Drexel's focus is on education department students

Jean-Claude Bradley at Drexel has been following this

And Steve Sloan is way into it, too

One neat thing that's happening in education is elementary school students doing their own podcasts. You can see some of them at this new directory

Now. Since I've been so generous about links to others, let me plug my own ed-related podcast. A literature trivia game at


Posted by: Amy Bellinger at June 3, 2005 01:08 AM


There is a useful directory of French language podcasts at

A great way for people to improve their language skills and learn a little about the country at the same time.

Posted by: Craig McGinty at June 3, 2005 04:53 AM

So... all my sparkling visions turn out to be old news. Shows that my thinking's OK, but I have some catching up to do on reality. Thanks for the help.

Posted by: steve baker at June 3, 2005 08:13 AM

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