I agree with Jennifer, best to offer your audience a choice.
Some people will want the podcast option just for an easy way to get the tracks onto their iPod. (I know it's easy to download and double-click, too, but does everyone know?)
And it's pretty easy to doctor up an iTunes valid RSS feed -- especially if you're not updating your podcast for the long haul,.
--- In email@example.com, Jennifer Sutton <jsuttonmedia@...> wrote:
> Unless it's two or three files, I'd find it arduous either to sit at
> my computer and listen or to download upwards of ten files manually.
> Given the range of responses you've received, perhaps the ideal
> approach would be to give your listeners choice i.e. provide an RSS
> feed of the content, provide a pop-up player, and provide readily
> identifiable download links.
> It bugs me when I am expected to tie myself to my computer for a long
> time to stream media.
> If I care about composting, maybe I want to listen on my portable
> media device while I'm working in my yard.
> In the end, it's all about what your particular audiences will prefer.
> Good luck.
> At 08:25 AM 5/21/2009 -0400, you wrote:
> > > My podcast is also unique in that it will be a limited number of
> > episodes, about 10.
> > >After that, it won't change.
> > >It will be like a correspondence course for people who want to
> > learn about composting.
> > >
> >There's no point in going through the work of setting up as a
> >podcast when it's really only a few files. All you'll need is some
> >place to store the MP3 files and a webpage to provide links to those
> >files. I'm assuming that the company already has a web server, so
> >they can be stored there. Talk to the webmaster or whoever it is who
> >handles the company's web page.
> >It bugs me when a company will come out with what it calls a podcast
> >when it really isn't anything more than just a few audio files. It's
> >nothing one would want to subscribe to. It's like using a mop when
> >you need a broom. And it only serves to damage people's
> >understanding of podcasts.
> >Patrick McNamara
> >E-mail: <mailto:patjmcnamara%40gmail.com>patjmcnamara@...
> >My Toy Store:
> >Blue Hot Gossip comedy:
> >Podcast Ping: <http://podcastping.blogspot.com>http://podcastping.blogspot.com
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