Friday, October 20, 2006

Auto-Starting of Video at Melodeo.com Ceases

Melodeo.com has decided to stop auto starting podcast video on our frontpage as of Friday afternoon. We just felt that the delays in downloading the video files was slowing down the new user experience and was pushing new users away. We are working to improve, please keep giving us feedback. We are working on some really groundbreaking experiences in the area of playlist and episode management.

I am working on new european language podcast catalogs for many new wireless carrier deals we have coming. It is presently very difficult to find and listen to podcasts from other countries around the world. I am working on building a directory that will feature the best international podcasts. This has been a facinating project and has involved working with international studies students from the University of Washington.

I will post more, but have been busy listening to podcasts and recruiting new podcast content.

Rob Greenlee

Future of Podcasting Discussed on NPR's KUOW in Seattle

I got a chance to join John Moe, host of "The Works" program on Seattle NPR affiliate public radio station KUOW.org earlier this past week to talk about "The Future of Podcasting". We talked about the history of podcasting and where it is today in the area of use and content. We also talked about what people generally think the name "Podcasting" means and about mobile phone podcast listening. My segment is the last in this hour long program, just after Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the future of podcasting, leave me a comment.

Here are the links to the mp3 playback:

MP3: High Low

Rob Greenlee

Friday, October 06, 2006

Top 75 Most Popular Melodeo Mobilcasts

Mobile phone podcast listening only.

1.Bubba Bohacks Joke of the day
2.AccuRadio: Top Hits
3.NPR: All Songs Considered
4.AccuRadio: Classic Rock
5.AccuRadio: Country
6.FOXCAST: The Simpsons
7.IndieFeed: Hip Hop/Rap
8.The Onion Radio News
9.CNN News Update
10.Rap City
11.NPR: Hourly News Summary
12.American Comedy Network Daily
13.AccuRadio: Eighties
14.Hip Hop and Kool Aid
15.Max's Hip Hop/Rap Feed
16.ESPN Radio Podcast
17.AccuRadio: Broadway
18.The President's Weekly Radio Address
19.Comedy 365
20.ABC News Daily Dish
21.BestBuy.com Podcast
22.NPR: Story of the Day
23.AccuRadio: Classical
24.MTV News: Daily Headlines (Audio)
25.AccuRadio: Sixties
26.NPR: The Unger Report
27.ABC News 'Desperate Housewives' Minute
28.New York Times Front Page
29.AccuRadio:Celtic
30.MSNBC News Headlines
31.At the movies with Jack
32.NPR: Business Story of the Day
33.Cinema Playground's Movie Quote of the Day
34.Slate Magazine Podcasts
35.i HIPHOP i-POD and The Nets number 1 Hip hop and Rap station
36.IndieFeed: Alternative / Modern Rock
37.Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? - All the News that Isn't
38.IndieFeed: Hip Hop / Rap
39.Slashdot Review
40.The Ricky Gervais Show
41.InfoWorld Daily Podcast
42.New York Times Movie Review
43.CBS News Podcast - Andy Rooney
44.NPR: This I Believe
45.NPR: Sports with Frank Deford
46.alt.NPR: On Gambling with Mike Pesca
47.Live radio by Martha's Vineyard (mvyradio)
48.IndieFeed: Alt/Modern Rock
49.Discovery News
50.Radio 1's Music Interviews
51.CNET News.com daily tech news podcast
52.Bands Under the Radar
53.Daily GizWiz
54.Porn Star Interviews
55.CNN Marketplace Update
56.SGL House Music
57.Asia Cast World News
58.NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
59.Michael Sragow on movies
60.Gallup Poll Daily Briefing -- Audio
61.KenRadio's World Tech Roundup
62.MSNBC TechWatch
63.KCRW's Film Reviews
64.ESPN.com Mix Podcast
65.IndieFeed: Electronica / Dance
66.India Forums Podcast
67.Pod India : Bollywood - Indian News
68.IndieFeed: Blues
69.MSNBC Business News Headlines
70.CAUSE YOU SUCK
71.New York Times Most E-Mailed Articles
72.KUOW 94.9 Weekday with Steve Scher Hour 2
73.Sermons from the 36th Street church of Christ
74.CBS Entertainment News Podcast - Entertainment Report
75.A Podcast about Indian Music

Rob Greenlee

Monday, October 02, 2006

TV-Like Video Podcast Experience

We have created the beginnings of a very cool experience around RSS-delivered video at Melodeo.com. You can see above that we are creating a playlist experience with video podcasts. This experience is making the playback of this video much better then any other way possible online. You do not need to transfer the files to an iPod type device, but we will also soon be supporting these videos on the mobile phone.

We play the video in a drop down area in the center of the page on our site. We have a black background so it creates that TV like presentation. The video's are not cached and are played back directly from the content creators web servers. You can control the order that the video's are played back by clicking on the album art or changing the playlist to text and seeing all the episodes in the playlist and selecting one to play.

Visit our site and scroll through the "Popular Video" featured channel at Melodeo.com. We have many of the very best video podcasts available. I am working hard to find the very best video online for our site.

We are actively look for video podcasters and would love to have your feed in our directory.

Rob Greenlee

Melodeo Mobilcast Officially Launches With Cingular and M1

Today was the day for the official launch of Mobilcast with Cingular nationwide. Cingular has 57 million wireless subscribers and should be a real deal test for Mobilcast in the wild. We have been working hard to build out our platform to support this and the Alltel launch.

Here is a link to our announcement at PC Magazine.

The other real cool thing about this cingular launch that was not mentioned in Cingular's release was the applications support for web to mobile play list mirroring and audio playback bookmarking. This means start listening to a podcast on the web at Melodeo.com and you can finish it on the phone later. Very cool. Cingular is also working hard to provide Exclusive podcast content to Mobilcast.

We also officially launched Mobilcast on M1 in Singapore today as well. Both of these carriers have unique on phone directories of podcasts. M1 has many Singapore based podcasts in their directory. Here is a link to M1 pimping the new service.

Rob Greenlee