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Why I hate the term "podcasting"

That term is like calling weblogging Mac-blogging. It's too brand-specific.

Listen. I don't own an iPod. I don't intend to buy one; they're too expensive for my pocketbook. I do have a small MP3/WMA player, an RCA Lyra 1021A with a 256 MB SD Card, for a total of 300 MB space, or about 11 hours of audio. And I use it to listen to Audio Blogs like Adam Curry's Daily Source Code.

The term "podcasting" indicates that this revolution is only for the owners of iPods, and this seems reductive and exclusive. Dave Winer subscribes to this view, as evidenced by his recent post on podcasting.

Harold Gilcrist seems to be a little more open - he defines it with relationship to the iPodder software. But still. The term has got to go. It's incorrect and misleading (although I'm sure that Apple loves it).

Robert Scoble has called Dave to task, indicating that there are many kinds of MP3 players that will work, and also seems to indicate that iPodder will work with other MP3 players. I'm going to load it up and give it a shot.


At 4:47 AM, Blogger kinrowan said...

You know, it's always nice to know you're not alone. It's even nicer to know that someone who's at least vaguely respected agrees with you.

The same day I wrote this entry, Joel Johnson at Gizmodo wrote this one.

Thanks, Joel. And yes, it probably is too late....


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