Thursday, November 16, 2006

Web to Mobile Podcast Subscriptions Now LIVE at Melodeo.com


Your Favorite Web Podcast subscriptions in your My Favorites web folder at Melodeo.com can now be shared in your My Favorites folder in Mobilcast on your phone for convienient streamed playback of YOUR Podcast

You can create a My Favorites podcast subscription list at Melodeo.com and and have that playlist automatically populate your My Favorites podcast list on your mobile phone.

Just create an account at Melodeo.com and then visit the "Mobile" section in the upper navigation bar and hit the button on the page to "Link To Web" then generate a code on the next page that you will then enter into your mobilcast client application you have loaded on your mobile phone and you have your same podcasts at Melodeo.com also available on your phone.

Check it out today. It is very cool and it does work with Cingular and the regular Mobilcast client. It does not work with Alltel quite yet as they are on a BREW platform and their client version does not support it yet. But is coming very soon.

http://www.melodeo.com

Rob Greenlee

Monday, November 13, 2006

Podcasts Listening On Any Phone at TechCrunch.com

The tech news blog TechCrunch.com has posted about some new companies, Podlinez and Fonpods that make podcast audio listening available to any mobile phone or regular landline phone. This is not a new concept as the Mobile Broadcasting Network has been doing this for many years now and is coming back into fashion again with the growth in interest around getting web-based audio streamed into the phone.

While it is interesting and easy to listen to a podcast by dialing a phone number, it is not what people would think of doing on a phone. The other thing is that this process does not enable podcast search & discovery, bookmarking in the content for later continuation on the phone, being able to get a call while listening to a podcast and then resume it after the call is over. The other drawback is the potential for getting high audio quality playback on the phone.

I can see a small segment of the market being interested in doing this process by saving podcasts phone numbers in their contact list on the phone like a person, but it is just not a long-term model for meeting the long-term listener needs in a iPod replacement device like many of the new mobile phones are becoming.

This is good for a person who has a extra minutes to use for this or likes to listen on the weekends when minutes are unlimited, but it will not be a long-lived model that will work.

Rob Greenlee

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

All Melodeo.com Audio and Video Auto-Starting has Ceased

We have decided to auto-start silence on our home page at Melodeo.com. You can feel safe and easy about visiting the site again to find and create playlists of the best audio and video podcasts on the web today. We will not blow your speakers out with auto-starting media files and cause your browser to stop working as slow loading video podcasts download at the same time you are loading our frontpage. We have done this because YOU have asked for it. Thank you for speaking up about it.

I am working hard to add new video podcasts every day. I am currently adding ski and snowboarding video podcasts from independent podcasters and ski resorts all over the world. These are generally very fun videos and we have also added a mature category that is only reachable via search. I have also added some more channels like G4 TV video podcasts to the Melodeo.com website. These G4 videos are some of the best major media branded podcasts available, you should go check them out.

Now on a totally different topic, I will be relaunching my WebTalk Radio Show and website very soon. It will be built on WordPress and should get me back into the groove again in making more regular shows and blogging about general technology topics again.

Rob Greenlee
http://www.melodeo.com