My first entry involving audio was done almost two years ago and it was only my 12th entry. My 14th and 15th entries were mostly audio, and then my 16th entry was the post where I admitted that I was learning how boring audio can be if it’s done incorrectly. And this all predates the term “podcasting” by about 7 months. (My entries weren’t technically podcasting since I wasn’t using RSS enclosures, but you get the idea.) I’ve been doing audio on the ‘Net since 1997 or 1998 for Mission Control, a college radio show I co-hosted with my buddy Kevin Hendricks, and it’s a topic near and dear to my heart.
Well, Steve Jobs just announced at the 2005 WWDC Keynote (from 6:55 – 12:22) that the next version of iTunes will support direct podcast downloading, and that the iTunes Music Store (which apparently now has an 82% market share of online downloads) will contain an entire section dedicated to finding and subscribing to podcasts. These aren’t necessarily professionals we’re talking about here. They’re people living in farmhouses in Wisconsin. As Steve put it, it’s “Wayne’s World for radio”.
I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, and I think it’s time for a little announcement of my own. Stephanie and I will soon be doing our own podcast on a very regular basis. Yes, Stephanie and I, not just me. I was shocked to find that she was fairly excited about the idea, so I figured it could only help things to have someone to play off of and give a different perspective to the issues we discuss. Heck, I figure she’ll be at least half the reason people listen! Or the whole reason half the people listen. Or… something. The show will probably be filled with our critiques and discussions of whatever issues we’ve had on our minds, but I think we’ll be able to bring a little structure to it so it’s not hard to follow. Just trust me on this one. It’s something I’m working out.
So there you have it. More news to follow. I’d love to know what you think we should call the show.