Everything old is 'Brand New!' again, but now 'With extra special RSS sauce!'
That's why I'm pretty positive podcasting is a fad, no matter how much Dave Winer asserts that it isn't. Assertion doesn't make it true, and the everyman doesn't have the time (or skill, often!) to produce quality content, and it's only quality content that
will make people come back more than the once or twice that amusement and 'cool factor' brings.
There's very little new here, and certainly nothing people haven't been able to do for a long time. Something like a decade ago a friend of mine did a twice a week 'internet radio' recording, where he spun some local artists works, and talked politics, technology,
and first-person-shooters. It was live and recorded, so you could catch it live, and IM them questions on the spot (which podcasts
don't let you do; where's the conversation people?!?), or you could download it after the fact and enjoy listening to it later.
Hundreds of other people were doing it too, and they all stopped, because it's cool at first, and feels 'cutting edge', but rapidly becomes boring, and actual
work to do it right. And if you don't do it right, you don't get listeners, so what's the point...?
Sure, Media Player should support the new 'Feed Store' that they're building for IE. But it should also not get in my way, like it does now. I loathe using Media Player, because it tries to be 'hip' and tries to integrate the Internet (and ads!) into everything,
even if I'm just trying to play a simple local video file. Not to mention not allowing me to save the current video from a website. That aggravates me to no end; it's on my computer, let me save it. Happily, the codec collection is easy enough to use with
other, better programs, and there are 'streamsuckers' out there to deal with the aggravation.
-- Morgan Schweers