-- by Temple A. Stark
In the world of podcasting June 28 marked the day of hell for independent voices out there. Apple released iTunes 4.9 and assimilated Podcasts.
"Apple takes over." Didn't think you'd ever hear that in your lifetime did you? But it's just exactly what happened.
Now, if I'm going to have a new leader, Apple is one I can live with. If there are problems they are the ones most likely to listen to the peons. But it is amazing how such a new and field and endeavor can be taken over so quickly.
No, it hasn't happened, yet. But Apple will now be able to control the direction and the force of Podcasts.
Now, why do I say that?
A quick look at the iTunes Podcast directory shows a high ratio of established voices to those most have never heard about. Certainly, I didn't even know ESPN had a podcast. But can it truly be labeled a podcast. Or is it just an audio clip? Air America, CBC, NASA, ABC News, BBC News feature heavily alongside other approved "lesser" podcasts. I know I sound like I'm one of those "It's popular now so I hate it" guys. But, no, it's not that.
I'm writing this listening to Howard Johnson "Something That Happened" podcasts (www.somethingthathappened.com). Short, small stories of his life, of visiting his mother in a nursing home; of impromptu interviews with curious (in both senses of the word) gentlemen.
I have taken to writing while listening to such shows as Feast of Fools, Relish Radio, Dumpster Bust and Mondo Irlando. Along with The Metal Show, Area 51 and two new addiction with the pod-audio journalist Barry Campbell aka Greenwich Village Idiot, and The Animation Podcast. And many others I have not yet listed on the site.