The Death of Podcasting

The Death of Podcasting

Summary: Podcasting, the underground movement begun by VH1 DJ Adam Curry and the irascible Dave Winer, is no more. The fledgling technology, actually nothing more than a bootstrap of the failed XML ASCII text scripting language, was dealt a fatal blow when Apple Computer, the Beatles' record company, released a version of it's iTunes copy protection software that allowed users to receive the amateur recordings for the first time.

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Podcasting, the underground movement begun by VH1 DJ Adam Curry and the irascible Dave Winer, is no more. The fledgling technology, actually nothing more than a bootstrap of the failed XML ASCII text scripting language, was dealt a fatal blow when Apple Computer, the Beatles' record company, released a version of it's iTunes copy protection software that allowed users to receive the amateur recordings for the first time.

Mainstream media spokesman Frank Barnako announced the death in New York, center of the professional broadcast and financial industries. Barnako, who has owned stock in AOL/Time Warner since 1935, spoke with Winer, Curry, and other leaders of the insurrection at undisclosed locations using approved dominant POTS technology.

In related developments, Microsoft Corporation cancelled its rollout of RSS technology in Longhorn, citing Mark Cuban's assessment that "indies will survive only as a labor of love." Fired evangelist Robert Scoble, under attack from CNET's David Berlind and former CNET reporter and analyst/infomercial producer Joe Wilcox, refused to comment pending a review of his current fact-checking procedures, which entail IMing with each of his 7,000 RSS feed publishers for their sign-off on his presumtively erroneous and intensely damaging "facts."

Meanwhile, CNET blogger Steve Gilmor called the death "a seriously lucky thing" given his reluctance to release the last edition of his Gillmore Gang podcast. Gillmour called the final show a "poorly-recorded obscenity-filled miserable ramble" that showed how prescient Ziff Davis columnists John Dvorak and David Coursey have always been in protecting readers and listeners from the dangers of unauthorized and ambiguous sources of dangerous information. "I always knew John and David were right, but I didn't know why until now," Gilmorr said. "Normally I would have waited for Lee Gomes to pronounce the body, but Barnako is the Man. Thanks, Frank."

iTunes' podcasting support will be phased out in the next version, replaced by pay versions of Harry Shearer's Le Show and NBC's Meet the Press. NPR officials will return to complaining about loss of federal subsidies, and Jason Calaconis will join the Bush Cabinet as Secretary of Page Views. Karl Rove will continue as Assistant Prevaricator to the President.

 

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  • Look Outward

    You guys pay way to much attention to yourselves.
    PXLated
  • ???

    Do you know what you are talking about?? "Apple Computer, the
    Beatles' record label"
    If you knew anything you would know that Apple Corps and Apple
    Computer are two entirely separate companies who are still
    involved in an intense legal battle. iTunes will phase out podcasting
    support? I somewhat doubt it, with millions of subscriptions to free
    podcasts why would they?

    Please review this article- I don't believe a single word you say
    benjhannah
  • OMG

    I think Steve Gilmor is doing a "funny"!!!
    theace18
  • You mean Podcasting LIVES....Get with it ZDNET,stop covering UR MIS-INFO

    LOL funny story
    sp29
  • Give it back

    Steve dir you and Frank Barnako steal Curry's Pot pipe?
    rodzilla
  • As they say in Internetlands....

    W.T.F? :) Steve - are you OK?

    People forget what the early days of the web was like, when people screamed about how it would all fall apart, and there would only be 5 big companies on the web, after it all 'unravelled'. It never really happened. Did it? ;/ hmmmmm...

    When I get round to setting up my little meeja-bloggin' empire, somehow, if I can clone myself, I;ll be sure to tap ya for the comic strip ;) - (*joke*) hehe.
    kosso
  • Podcasting

    is another name for distributing MP3 files that have no music on them. RSS = rehashed NeWS. Have we gotten to the point that technology is so stagnant that we get remakes?
    Roger Ramjet
  • to paraphrase Dave Slusher

    BLOCKBUSTERISM LIVES!!
    sam_abuelsamid
  • I LOVE the Gilmor Gang

    This is the most enlighting podcast I have ever found. I don't
    care if you guys agree or disagree. The discussion is
    tremendously stimulating. It is about what you all think is going
    on on the web and trends in the industry. And, Steve you are
    the star leading the way for all the others. Everyone on GG is
    fantastic. Keep up the great work. I look for GG updates
    everyday.

    Even the preshow chat and heated disagreements are great.
    Don't kiss anyone's ars, just keep doing your thing!
    John Ross
    smokey708
  • Wow so much misinformation, so little space

    How am I supposed to take you seriously when you can't even figure out the difference between Apple Computer and Apple Records?

    Besides, if you read the REAL article behind this, it says that while the corporate podcasts are drowning out the indies on Apple's pod list, a lot of the other podcast lists go by votes, and so indy casts stay on top of the corporate ones in terms of popularity.

    As for Apple removing podcasts from it's next version of iTunes, you must be smoking the same stuff GWB is doing. Apple has said nothing of the sort.
    Jabrwock
    • ahem...

      perhaps this will help, ahhh, de-misinform you:
      http://www.answers.com/satire
      sherwoodseo
    • satire??

      Satire?? A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked
      through irony, derision, or wit.- Oh wow what a funny story (that's
      sarcasm). This article isn't satirical it's just wrong, there's no wit or
      irony in your tone- maybe I'm just not geeky enough to detect how
      side-splittingly funny this story really is?
      benjhannah