Posted on May 13, 2005 at 01:44 AM
A few days ago I sent and email to Adam Curry, one of the founding fathers of the juggernaut known as Podcasting (The Podfather for short), in which I was looking for some information on the Millennium Vault 2000 time capsule located in Guildford, England. I was doing research for my post on the world's largest time capsule so I thought Adam, being a Guildford resident, might be a good resource for information on the subject.
Turns out he hasn't been there yet but is going to do one of his famous soundseeing tours on the subject. I only wish I could be there, but seeing as England is half a world away I don't think I'll be making the trip.
For those of you wondering what I'm talking about (yes Mother I'm talking to you) Podcasting is a new way of creating audio content using the web for distribution. Basically think of a Podcast as time-shifted radio. Someone with a computer, a decent mic, and something to say records their thoughts in mp3 format and makes it available for downloading on their website. No stinking transmitters, no expensive radio studio equipment, no FCC to regulate what you say. You create the content and the world can download and listen to it whenever they want.
Podcasting's name is dervied from Apple's iPod music device. Adam et al wrote the software called iPodder which automatically downloads new podcasts and loads them into iTunes where they will then be transferred to your iPod.
A common misconception about Podcasts is that you need an iPod to listen to them. This is false. All you need to listen to a podcast is any computer software or portable music device that can play mp3s. It's that easy.
Adam's Podcast (known as The Daily Source Code) is by far the most popular and best produced podcast out there to date. In fact, his podcast is doing so well that Sirius satellite radio is going to have Adam produce a podshow for one of their music channels.
I could go on about podcasting but it would be better if I cut this short and give you a link to Wikipedia's article on podcasting. It's a good resource to get you started.
One thing I would like to ask Adam is how his life has changed since he started his podcast and if can even think back to a time when podcasting didn't exist.
And for those of you who might be wondering why the name Adam Curry sounds familiar? Take yourselves back to a time when Mtv actually played videos. Yes, now you've got it. That Adam Curry.