Coast to Coast Podcast (Follow-Up)
May 11, 2005
I finally got five minutes to go look at Coast to Coast AM’s new “podcast” offering.
I knew I was in trouble when I seemed to distinctly hear Alec Guinness say “This is not the podcast you are looking for.”
I can’t seem to find any sort of forum for
bitching complaining about this, so ‘scuse me while I drag up my soapbox.
This thing is much less “podcast” and much more “automatic downloader”. Which is appreciated, actually (I get tired of going and doing “save as” four times for every show), but it’s a damn long ways from what I expect from a Podcast.
I don’t know how Podcasts are done over on the Windows side of the fence (never bothered looking), but on the Mac I’m pretty happy with iPodderX.
Unlike the “Coast to Coast Media Center” you have to download and run to get the Coast to Coast podcast, iPodderX is completely interfaceless once you’ve configured it. Podcasts are automatically added to iTunes, in the playlist you specify, and even converted to AAC and made bookmarkable if you like (a very handy thing for spoken word audio).
In fact, the only way I normally know a new Podcast has downloaded is the little “ding” telling me that iTunes has finished converting one to AAC.
Dear Premier Radio;
While I appreciate the
automated downloader “Coast to Coast Media Center”, please figure out a way to follow through and do a real podcast, so that we can use some of our nifty podcast handling tools on it.
I realize that authentication is probably one of the big issues (and I really don’t mind paying for streamlink) — perhaps you could allow us to pass our user IDs and passwords in on the podcast url.
I realize that this isn’t the worlds’ most secure mechanism, but the insecurity would have to be offset by not having to maintain and support your own podcast software.
Please give it some thought.
Update — Apparently Bitpass, Inc. is all set to provide tools and services for paid subscription podcasts — there you go, an off-the-shelf solution…
(via The Blog Herald)