It's still very early. Curry + Sirius and Curry + Bloom could be helping lay
groundwork, or they could be wasting their time. It's too soon to tell, and
for the most part, it doesn't matter.
We don't really know what makes a podcast succeed yet; if this is a real
form of new media (I vote it is) and not just a flash in the pan, then it'll
be years before we really understand what to do with it. What seems to work
right now will probably look quaint when Podcasting matures.
So don't stress about all this stuff. And don't be surprised as cash-flush
capitalists like Mr. Curry poke and prod at this thing. Use the early WWW as
an example; Yahoo's early fame didn't stop current net stars like
> or Slashdot from
achieving success. (Adam's web ventures didn't either!)
Adam's shows and businesses won't stop anyone here. Nor will they ruin
podcasting. And how this all winds up -- it's way, way too early to tell.
On 5/2/05, codywhanson <codywhanson@...> wrote:
> Far be it from me to begrudge anyone trying to make an honest buck for
> their hard work, but I have a couple of huge problems with this
> weekend's news from the Strategy Cast and the NY Times' Sirius
> Podcasting succeeds when, and only when, it departs from traditional
> radio models. In adopting traditional radio revenue models and using
> satellite radio to broadcast podcasts, Bloom & Curry are assuring that
> podcasting will be viewed by millions as a novelty subset of radio.
> Radio sucks.
> Podcasts that sound like radio suck.
> I, and dozens of others, have made various efforts to get Adam Curry's
> attention in order to get a mention on DSC, knowing that it was the
> surest way to get the attention of other podcasters and podcast
> listeners. The Sirius show will only increase this phenomenon. Only
> now, people looking to get that attention will be thinking about their
> shows in the context of what they'll sound like in a radio broadcast,
> not a podcast.
> The Strategy 'Cast showed me exactly the extent to which Ron Bloom in
> particular seems to misunderstand the power of podcasting. In one
> instance, Bloom asked why he was not getting information via podcast
> on a Friday about what was going on in his area over the weekend.
> Podcasts are pre-time-shifted. If I don't happen to listen to this
> hypothetical local weekend events podcast in the 24 hours or so after
> it's posted, which I often don't, then it's worthless to me, and I've
> wasted time, hard-drive space and my iPod battery skipping past the
> show. And if I'm not a big podcasting geek, and not an iTunes smart
> playlist maniac, then the outdated podcast is going to sit there, only
> to come up again when I'm using shuffle.
> A more appropriate medium for time-sensitive content? Radio.
> So, Ron and Adam are assuring the launch of dozens more radio retread
> podcasts, which cheapen the medium, make it less user-friendly, and
> which fundamentally misunderstand the potential of RSS-delivered media.
> Dave Winer, you're a cranky bastard, and the sound quality on your
> podcasts is still crap, but once again you're ahead of the curve.
> Kudos on walking away from this venture.
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