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Re: [SLUG] Podcasting


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On Wed, Aug 03, 2005 at 01:26:07PM +1000, purserj wrote:

> >Seems pretty simple, which is good, but considering the size of the
> >book, I thought there was more in it. 
> 
> Nope that's pretty much it in a nutshell. Podcasting is a simple idea whos 
> time has come really. 

I'd say that podcasting is a simple idea to do (in a slightly different way)
what another simple idea was already doing.

After all, it works just as easily on a normal web page with links to MP3
files, and hey there are heaps of those around already and have been for
as long as there have been MP3 files. Right click on the MP3, select
"download to ..." and you have your podcast.

The main "special" thing is the RSS newsfeed which has some ability to
merge and filter streams (which you can't do with normal web pages).
This (by the way) is also an idea which duplicates an older idea in as
much as usenet news feeds already supported everything that RSS supports
but usenet got ground down by spam and cross-posting so people decided that
what they needed was a different technology to do the same thing.

Note that RSS is not actually any better protected from spam and other
such things, except that (so far) no one has mered enough RSS feeds to
actually cause a problem (I give it two years).

	- Tel
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