Podcast Recommendation - Interview With New Media Author Philip Meza

Chris Gondek over at the Invisible Hand Podcast had a great interview with Philip Meza the author of the book "Coming Attractions: Hollywood, High Tech, and the Future of Entertainment" that is definitely worth a listen.

The one great thing in the podcast was that Chris let Philip outline some key recommendations that companies and organizations should be doing to excel in this new media world.


Internet Radio / Streaming Issues

I haven't been following this story very closely but I just read this article at CNN because it had a picture of Rusty Hodge (Grove Salad) who does Soma.fm which I do enjoy from time from time.

It looks like some changes in the royalty business and regulatory oversight that makes doing future Internet radio/streaming very difficult. 

From a technical standpoint I think this is going to bleed over to podcasting, since a lot of listeners are effectively streaming from website links.

More info from the Pandora Blog also on this topic, that links to some resources to help fight these changes.


RocketBoom Almost Makes Me Famous?

I was just catching up with my RocketBoom viewing and the 12Feb07 edition started off with what I originally thought was my ground breaking CountryWest-MP3 background track made popular in podcasts for TechNewsRadio.com.

Unfortunately, I forgot to publish it, making someone using my version highly unlikely unless they had PaulDotCom hacking skills.

So, reality has sunk in, and it is highly more probable that someone ended up using the same sound bed in Apple's GarageBand with Harmonica tracks in a pretty similar fashion.  Bummer ...

 (Size 464-KB, Running Time 0m28s)


ESPN Announcing System - Secret Podcast Tool?!?

ESPN PlayByPlay is a potentially interesting product geared for turning young kids into sports announcers.  It includes signature ESPN sounds, stadium chants, an 'on-air' light, 3 microphone jacks, one line in jack (for an MP3 player or other audio in), and speaker system.

No word if there is a mix out.  But there is an extra audio port that online resources fail to mention what its purpose is.  If it did do an audio mix out, then it could be a great podcast tool.


Techno Music Recommendation - Techno Squirrels

I signed up for IODA at the recent podcast expo.  Not sure why ... I pretty much know where my Jersey Boys Podcast related music is going to be coming from (thank you Rhino), but the service seemed interesting for music distribution and it is very podcast friendly.

One of the bands that recently contacted me for some 'air time' on the podcast circuit was Techno Squirrels.

After giving them a listen, I have to recommend checking them out if you are a techno fan, good stuff.


Quick Market Survey on MP3 Players

The San Diego Union-Tribune Sunday paper had a good number of non-Apple MP3 players for sale (cash prices listed).  Here is a sample of what I saw:

  • Big Lots! - RCA Lyra 256-MB MP3 Player for $29.99
  • Target - Memorex 512-MB MP3 Player for $58
  • Office Depot - Philips 1GB MP3 Player for $69.99 (with a $30 mail-in rebate offer); Archos 4GB Mp3 Player for $159.99 (with a $20 mail-in rebate offer)
  • Best Buy - Samsung 1GB U2JZ MP3 Player  for $79.99; Sandisk 2GB E250 MP3 Player for $129.99
  • CompuUSA - Sandisk 2GB E250 MP3 Player for $129.99
  • Circuit City - Sony 2GB Flash Digital Music Player for $129.99; Creative Labs 8-GB Zen MicroPhoto MP3 Player for $179.99; and Creative Labs 30GB Zen Vision:M for $299.99

It should be noted that the RCA Lyra also has a SD/MMC slot for expansion storage.  And the San Disk E250 has a Mini-SD slot for additional storage.

Also the only direct Apple iPods advertising that I saw was for the 30-GB Black or White iPod via BestBuy's online store (no price listed).


Musical Medley Tribute for 300 Podcasts from TechNewsRadio.com

I recently posted podcast #300 on TechNewsRadio.com.  And at the end of the podcast I mixed in a 10 song musical medley from the music that I originally had in podcasts #2-11.  Here is the list:


Violent Femmes In San Diego

I went to the Violent Femmes concert after the races at the Del Mar Fairgrounds last night (Friday).  It was an awesome, high energy show.  The pure talent and passion of this band is very under rated IMHO.

But I'm getting too old ... the crowd was very young and being youthful (ie. anonying the old farts who first saw this band before many of them were out of diapers), and the level of the sound left a ringing hum in my right ear that hasn't gone away yet. 

Nice pictures on flickr - including this one.  It looks like their music is available on Rhino.


QuadPolar #002 - Hacking, Vinyl, Artwork, & Food

QuadPolar #002 ... links for you and me:

  1. Crosley Radio Specials: radio and turntables with support for CDs and tapes. {Crosley@Amazon}
  2. Military artwork by Charles Waterhouse
  3. Hack-A-Day notes that Metasploit is now running on the Linksys WRTSL54GS.
  4. 'Tech' Food Conference (25Jun06 via Wired)

Why?

  1. I'm looking to move some vinyl to digital format, and I'd also like to listen to some vinyl directly from time to time, especially Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons plus I still have a pretty good size catalog of 80's music on vinyl and tape.
  2. This is interesting for a yet-to-be-announced new project.
  3. Just plain technically cool.
  4. Food and technology are independently interesting to me, together they seem even more interesting.