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August 25, 2005

BBC on Podcasts

Heather Green

BBC has a fascinating and engaging radio show online about all kinds of alternative radio, including podcasting. They do the gamut, CB radio, pirate radio, podcasts, examining "how supergeeks and superfreaks will find any means possible to get themselves heard over the airwaves." I have listened to shows about podcasts and listened to podcasts but I was really entertained by how they pull together and give time to a group of podcasters, allowing you to listen to their shows and hear what they have to say.

Worth listening to if only for the Scottish accents...and to hear Dave Taylor explain (with a shout out to Adam Curry) why he doesn't like podcasts.

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This Week In Tech has a great feature, "How to Broadcast MP3's, Podcasts and other audio over Google Talk".

I don't talk as much as I listen, so Google Talk won't change that much. As far as using Google Talk for music, I'm all ears. I've been looking for Google Talk P2P stuff. This could be bigger than the original Napster, since Google is so much more powerful than Napster was. I'm getting plenty of free music now. The more free music that Google supports, the better. Another nail in the recording industry coffin. Maybe Google Corp. is greedy, as I've been reading. Most users don't care. If they don't start doing something real stupid, like filing lawsuits againt 12 year old kids, they will be a cultural force in the music business. Google is here to stay and who knows what happens with the recording industry? I kind of think it is almost finished and doesn't know it yet. We'll see what happens.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at August 25, 2005 02:28 PM

Hey Jim,

That's an interesting point. Wouldn't have thought of it, using Google talk to trade music, but I since it sounds like it happens on other IM services, why not. Wonder though, if the labels would quickly sue Google, if there turned out to be a lot of wide scale swapping.

Posted by: Heather Green at August 25, 2005 03:31 PM


Google is getting sued right now over porn. ZDNews reports, "Adult magazine publisher Perfect 10 is seeking a preliminary injunction against Google" so anything is possible on the legal front. I think you will see voice and data networks merging, which is what Google Talk is about. The recording industry could try to get an injunction and shut Google Talk down, because of how people are using the service. The old RIAA lawsuits fought downloading and the new technology involves streaming voice and data. I just can't see how Google can control what users do anymore than what they search for. People are going to do what they are going to do. If the recording industry can start shutting down parts of Google, we might find technology working backwards. Maybe there will be a law saying that we have to buy music on overpriced and damage prone CD's for $15 a copy or else. Maybe the recording industry will bring back vinyl LP's and 45 records once Google is stopped with a legal action. It's too late to turn back now! I kind of think the Google people are smarter than the RIAA people, which isn't saying much and is saying a whole lot all at the same time. It's not my battle. Covering it should be fun, if in fact there is a battle. Have fun Heather!

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at August 25, 2005 05:08 PM

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