Historical blog post resurfaces
In January 2001, Adam Curry wrote a blog post discussing how an always-on connection could download entertainment to “have the show ready for me when I am”. It was the blog post that turned into a meeting with Dave Winer, which turned into podcasting; but it’s been lost for years: until now. Read ”The Last Yard” - the blog post that started it all.
- Hear the early days of podcasting in a special documentary, just added to Podnews Extra.
Disctopia and Alby have added integration with “value 4 value” payments. The tool enables a pay-what-you-want system to allow people to reward the podcasters they listen to.
Transistor can now automatically add chapter timestamps into episode notes.
Plink is running a 50% discount for their pro plan for smart podcast links. The special pricing ends tomorrow.
In Dubai, UAE, the second annual Podfest took place at the Dubai Press Club. The club has launched an Arab Podcasters program to grow podcasters in the region. This news release covers what was said; including the mention of Podcasting 2.0.
The Jerusalem Post covers English-language podcasters from Israel.
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Fun fact: ART19's RSS feed for The Tim Ferriss Show is 22.4 MB. It contains 640 shows.
Last week, Samsung Free's new auto-play feature, which kicks in as soon as a user hits the “Listen” tab in the app (here’s a quick screen capture), meant significant extra traffic for podcasts.
The audio useragent contains not just
Dalvik/2.1.0 but also, later in the string,
SM-**** Build/ (an identifier of the Samsung Mobile model being used). Dalvik is standard code used within Android - much like AppleCoreMedia has been for Apple.
Some podcast hosting companies have blocked the “Dalvik” useragent entirely. However, blocking Dalvik - even with the Samsung model numbers - will also block, among other things, Google News’s audio player, which uses an identical audio useragent. At least one app powered by Podcast Index also uses this generic Dalvik useragent along with PodcastAddict, and Indian podcast app Gaana also retains Dalvik in its useragent.
As we covered on Friday, these downloads are coming from RSS feeds scraped using
feedparser/6.0.8; for our own data, we’re not seeing this scraper used for anything else. Marking the audio download with a code for the RSS useragent, as we do, could allow more accurate filtering of this traffic.
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Podcast data for Nov 28
- #1 in Apple Podcasts: US: Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra (Rachel Maddow, MSNBC) GB: The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett (Steven Bartlett)
- #1 in Spotify: US: The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan) GB: Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Parenting Hell (Spotify Studios/Keep It Light Media)
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