My newest Christmas present is an iPod. I tried Gen 3 last year, got totally frustrated and returned the darn thing. But Gen 4 and I are in sync and I'm in love. So I've loaded up my Cd's and I'm all set. So while I'm getting used to being lost in my music world, I've come across something that is a wonderful possibility. Of course, you would also need to know that I'm addicted to my TiVo.
I haven't watched TV in the "normal, old fashion way" in years. I don't have to watch TV programs when they are scheduled unless I want to. In fact, I don't have a clue when most TV shows are really on...day of the week or time slot. That's because I just type in the name of the show and let the computer take over recording the show. Then when I want to watch it, it's waiting for me. I also am not "up" on the latest commerical because I don't watch them anymore. I fast-forward through ALL of THEM. It's simply the only way to watch TV. On my own terms. Oh yeah. If the phone rings, I can pause and answer it....if I like who the caller id says the call is from...and then resume my show right where I was when my friend called.
Back to podcasting......I understand that podcasting is to radio as TiVo is to TV. Well, I'm in heaven. Because since I'm a working slob still. I miss much of what I would really like to listen to on NPR. And although I could probably download the show via my computer, how much cooler would it be if I could hook my newest gadget up to my computer and it would automatically download my most favorite radio shows and then I could listen to them on my way back and forth to work or whenever I was mowing the yard or cleaning or whatever!!!!
I think this could be a really great tool. Wikiopedia has this to say about podcasting and, while my librarians friends would freak using this as my reliable source, I think it gives me a good idea of where this might go. I'm excited about the possibilities and plan to keep my eye on this. As far as ed apps, I could see being able to bring content to my students in a very efficient manner. With the ability to search and save content on my iPod's hard drive, it's portable and very easy to deliver right into my classroom.
Whoa.....this is going to be a great thing. But then I'm a TiVo lover so I can totally see how the idea can transfer to radio. The thing I wonder is how and when are both of these mediums going to figure out that they had better respond to this new kind of consumer. Without people watching commericals, how will the big 3 support themselves and the programming????? I hear that some kids who have parents that have had TiVos as long as I have had mine don't even know what commericals are.....consider that.
What implications does this have? Especially now that the cable vendors are offering DVRs for their customers. With iPods in so many homes what will the impact of podcasting be and how will that impact the advertising of commercial radio? I'm not worried about NPR because they have long been in the business of appealing to a different clientele.
I love my iPod and I think I'm going to love podcasting as soon as I figure it out. It took my 3 weeks to get with TiVo. I wonder if I can figure out podcasting in less than that?