Over the last 18 months or so podcasting has taken off in a big way, so much so your non-IT-literate Joe in the street will have heard of podcasts and will have a vague idea as to they are. At the same time the talk of live feed streaming seems to be mentioned less and less. While I can’t see major radio stations like those at the BBC experiencing a large decline in demand for live streamed feeds, but I am curious to know if the small independent solutions that use shoutcast etc are seeing a drop off in usage, or is the convenience and continuous nature of these feeds the one thing that keeps them attractive over podcasts?
If the streaming casts are unaffected by the rise of the podcast, then there is an opportunity for podcast radio? Essentially DJs put their shows together in the same manner as a podcast and then someone streams it out using shoutcast or the alike. In the world of buzzwords should we rename online radio stations to streaming podcasts?
Bob Dylan was famously accused of becoming a Judas at his 1966 Manchester Free Trade Hall gig for going electric. A criticism that deeply offended him at the time. Dylan may have been faithful to what he believes is true for his music, but appears to have really sold out now – you can find on the Apple site a video clip of him performing as part of an advert (go here). Yet, in the next breath he is slating technology big time to Wired magazine (article here).
Why sell out now, with Dylan a cultural icon, and certainly not having problem selling albums?