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Big media gets into podcasting

Out of the clouds, there seems to be so much news lately about big media companies jumping on the podcasting bandwagon as if that legitimizes the medium. All it really does is show all us “indie” podcasters is they know a good thing when they hear it.

In reading the recent AP article about the rush to have big name media companies get into podcasting I find that I get a little annoyed with these big players trying to make out like only when they start recording MP3’s will anything ever be made of this venture. Fact is that lots of “indie” podcasters poured blood, sweat, tears and their own money into what they believe in knowing that what big media could offer is the same dribble that took us away from the radio in the first place.

The AP article, found in The State.com, said:

"The runaway popularity of blogging, which has turned everyday people into online news outlets, caught the media establishment off guard. The industry is trying not to make the same mistake with podcasting; which lets nearly anyone ‘broadcast’ on the Internet."

The problem with this statement is that it has already happened. They have already made that same mistake by saying that podcasting is a fad and won’t amount to much. They dismissed the idea that podcasting would go anywhere let alone make big media companies want to podcast. Now if you look at iTunes 4.9 and click to get to the home-page for podcasts, you see ABC News, NBC, Clear Channel, Infinity Broadcasting. Lots of big media companies that have paid to be placed in front of everyone else that actually helped create this explosion of new “radio” style content.

We “indie” podcasters are the blood sweat and tears of this new movement and one driving factor that it has moved so fast is because we are tired of radio. The incessant repeating of music, jokes, styles and playlists can drive you mad wanting something real.

The article continues:

"Everyone from Disney to Newsweek to National Public Radio is offering podcasts, and Apple Computer last month made it a whole lot easier to find them and download them to iPods."

So now we have an easy way to find all the audio stuff that we’ve been trying to get away from and finally had. I haven’t listened to the radio since October 2004 and I surely don’t miss it but if I want an easy way to find the shows described above, I just have to turn it on and then tune out.

Skeptics have said that without music (meaning regular RIAA catalog music) is needed in a podcast in order to make money out of it. I think that’s a load of baloney because real talk, independent bands and niche programming is what everyone wants and the main feature of podcasting, getting what you want when you want it, is why it is so popular. There is nothing new to playing the top 10 billboard list of regular artists. Its what the song means and what it means to the listener that counts. I don’t care how many winners of American Idol get a 1 shot album deal to sing songs that were not written or produced by the artist.

The big record company’s would have such an influx of current and back catalog sales that it would make their head spin, if only they would open up the licensing to make it easier for “indie” podcasters to play the songs. But really who needs it? There is such phenomenal talent in unsigned bands that I find myself listening to more of them then any of the other big name stars. Artists like Whitney Steele, Missy, Rob Costlow. They are what are making music podcasting what it is today and since RIAA can’t see past their eyelids, they can just sit in their big offices and wonder why unsigned artists are making it.

So its really not that big media is coming to the party, its more that they are late and didn’t dress appropriately. When the big names pay more attention to what is really going on, rather than what a marketing scheme says, will there be any common ground in the podcasting universe. Its all about the content and the sincerity than the markup.

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futurejournalismproject:

Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

In a recent TED talk, Chip Kidd walks us through the design process he used to produce iconic book covers over the last 20 years, from Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park to David Sedaris’ Naked.

His thoughts about digital books and tablets: “Much is to be gained by eBooks: ease, convenience, portability. But something is definitely lost: tradition, a sensual experience, the comfort of thingy-ness — a little bit of humanity.”

Bonus, Part 01: Has Kindle Killed the Book Cover? via The Atlantic.

Bonus, Part 02: Is the Book Cover Dead, via Technology Review

theotherlives:

There’s no point in trying to unearth an obvious “single” in Other Lives’ second album, Tamer Animals. Here’s a better idea instead: succumb. Let every last song wash over you like proper long players once did, from the swift strings and pulsating horns—a technique learned from old Philip…

gallifreygal:

Doctor Who Giveaway!

 
I promised a big giveaway for when I reached 500 followers, but my follower count has been going down the past few days so I figure that I’m close enough to 500 that I can just do this. I mean, no one is checking these things, right? Right.

Also after learning from my last giveaway, the rules are going to be a little different than most giveaways on Tumblr, so please read them carefully. 

5 winners will be chosen randomly from the list of all who enter. Each winner will receive one (1) of the following items. All of these items are used (i.e. they belonged to me and I read/watched them) unless otherwise noted:

  • Cricket Explained by Robert Eastaway
  • Caves of Androzani DVD - Region 1
  • Big Finish Short Trips 4: The Muses
  • Big Finish Short Trips 5: Steel Skies
  • Big Finish Audio: The Eye of The Scorpion *NEW*

Also, all 5 winners will receive a crocheted celery brooch, hand-made by me. Please note that I no longer have the exact yarn I used for the celery in the photo. I’m going to try to find the exact brand/color that I used before, but if I can’t, then I’ll choose a suitable substitute.

RULES

  1. To enter, email giveaway@gallifreygal.com with your Tumblr username. That’s right. No need to follow me. No need to reblog or like this post. (But if you want to reblog to signal-boost, that’s perfectly ok!)  Just email giveaway@gallifreygal.com with your Tumblr username
  2. You only need to enter once. Multiple entries from the same email address will be ignored.
  3. I will ship anywhere in the world. You do not have to reimburse me for shipping costs.
  4. Giveaway ends on Saturday, May 5th at 11:59pm PST. I’ll announce and contact the winners on Sunday, May 6th. 

Good Luck!

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brooklynmutt:

Jesse?

laughingsquid:

High School Students Send Rubber Chicken to Edge of Space

sexier-sweaters:

TUMBLR GIVEAWAY from REVOLUTION RICHE!

The giveaway includes a Sweater and beaded bracelet from Revolution Riche.

  • Must follow us http://blog.revolutionriche.com
  • ONLY REBLOG IT ONCE! If you re-blog more than once you will be disqualified
  • Must like this post
  • If you ask for me to choose you, you will be disqualified
  • Winners will be announced on March 5th, 2012

*Model Credits:

Kiona - http://kiona-garcia.tumblr.com

Emily - http://z0mbiemermaid.tumblr.com/

hungryrunner:

It’s Giveaway Time Again!
Drinking water consistently throughout the day is probably one of the best healthy habits you can form. Keeping your body hydrated has a very long list of benefits. If you drink enough water you can boost your metabolism, feel more energized, ward of mindless snacking, and even get your skin looking extra healthy! Which is why I’m giving away a pink Thermos Intak 24oz. water bottle to one lucky winner!
Here’s how you can enter to win:
1.) Reblog this post and tell me what sort of things you do to remind yourself to stay hydrated throughout the day! If you are not a Tumblr user, enter by leaving a comment through Disqus.
2.) Get 1 bonus entry by Tweeting: “@Hungry_Runner I want to WIN a WATER BOTTLE!” and the link to this post. 
3.) Tumblr users, click ‘Like’ for another added bonus entry!
Rules:
- You have until midnight on Friday May 4th to enter.
- On Saturday, May 5th I will randomly select, announce, and notify the winner.
- If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours of being notified, a new winner will be chosen.
- Prize: 1 Pink Thermos Intak 24oz. Water Bottle (pictured above)
Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor! (Sorry, had to say it! :p)

Throw an OU logo on here and we’re on to something! Should we carry this OU Merchandise?

hungryrunner:

It’s Giveaway Time Again!

Drinking water consistently throughout the day is probably one of the best healthy habits you can form. Keeping your body hydrated has a very long list of benefits. If you drink enough water you can boost your metabolism, feel more energized, ward of mindless snacking, and even get your skin looking extra healthy! Which is why I’m giving away a pink Thermos Intak 24oz. water bottle to one lucky winner!

Here’s how you can enter to win:

1.) Reblog this post and tell me what sort of things you do to remind yourself to stay hydrated throughout the day! If you are not a Tumblr user, enter by leaving a comment through Disqus.

2.) Get 1 bonus entry by Tweeting:@Hungry_Runner I want to WIN a WATER BOTTLE!” and the link to this post.

3.) Tumblr users, click ‘Like’ for another added bonus entry!

Rules:

- You have until midnight on Friday May 4th to enter.

- On Saturday, May 5th I will randomly select, announce, and notify the winner.

- If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours of being notified, a new winner will be chosen.

- Prize: Pink Thermos Intak 24oz. Water Bottle (pictured above)

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor! (Sorry, had to say it! :p)

Throw an OU logo on here and we’re on to something! Should we carry this OU Merchandise?

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