Friday, November 02, 2007

Home is with the Zune

After a few months off from my gig with Melodeo Mobilcast, I am now with the Microsoft Zune team. We are about to launch podcasts on the new Zune 2 devices and I am managing that process as Podcast Programming and Marketing Lead. This position is very much like the Melodeo Mobilcast position that I recently left.

If you want to keep up with what I am doing with the Zune then click on over to my new blog called Zune Insider, which is an official Zune blog.

Here are a few recent blog posts from the blog:
We also just launched our national advertising campaign and here you can watch one of the spots. I will still post here now and then.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Podcasting is Growing Up

I would like to clarify my statements from my last post in this blog about why I think the closing of Yahoo's podcast directory is a sign of a maturing podcasting industry.

I do believe that it is an industry segment that is growing in importance as more major and indie content companies join with content RSS feeds. We are seeing the formation of industry associations (ADM) and a recent round of podcast related company closures and sales. These are clear signs that an industry is maturing and consolidating. The industry is moving beyond the initial burst of enthusiasm around podcasting. Podcasting is is still the fastest growing new medium that needs to evolve into a legitimate media delivery platform. I believe that like digital media streaming that also started with huge enthusiasm back in the late 90's, the podcasting industry hype dust is settling and I believe we are seeing this now. The weaker players always get weeded out during the beginning of the maturity phase. The truth is that Yahoo did a poor job with their directory and failed to keep improving and adapting to the needs of podcast listeners. I am glad that Yahoo decided to shut it down as it was not helping listeners or podcasters. The one bad part about Yahoo closing is the perception that podcasting as a concept is in decline, which is just not the case.

I do also believe that podcast discovery and simple one-click subscription processes is the biggest problem and opportunity for the podcast industry, iTunes has been a great start but it can be done so much better with personalization technology. I am very excited to be working with the growth of RSS based digital media syndication, as I think it will be the base for all of our personal media playlist so in all of our media players in the future.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Closing of Yahoo's Podcast Directory Is Sign Of Podcast Industry Maturity

I am not surprised Yahoo has decided to close down its podcast directory site on Oct 31,2007. It jumped on a hot trend and did not have a long-term vision. Yahoo just has to many businesses to focus on and this one just did not work for them.

I just think that any podcast directory needs to be directly linked up with an easy to subscribe process and use a portable media player or mobile smart phone player to be successful. Listeners and directories need to have a one-click to subscribe and listen process. This explains the success of iTunes + iPod solution. Any other successful platform needs to have the same equation and Yahoo just did not have this connection to a portable or mobile phone player. I do think that topic segmented web-based podcast directories can be successful, but will need to eventually be merged with a simple one-button to subscribe and listen platform for them to have long-term success. I think we will see a few more directories close down or merge with other companies.

For podcasting to reach mass adoption they need to be easily subscribed to, downloaded or streamed to a internet connected media player (iPod, Zune, iRiver), car media player, TV set-top box, gaming console and mobile phone. I saw with Mobilcast that given the option - people choose 90% of the time to on-demand stream podcasts from an internet server to mobile wireless connected phone player devices. We already see streaming on TIVO with audio podcasts and most video (TIVOCasts) podcasts downloaded, but audio will most often be streamed to player devices.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Coming Podcast and Portable Media Expo

I will be attending the Podcast & Portable Media Expo later this week and over the weekend in Ontario, California. I am looking forward to the trip and getting caught up with everything that has been going on with Podcasting over the past year and seeing many friends. It is an exciting time for portable digital media and podcasting.

I am also about to start a new chapter is my digital media career as I will be starting in a new position with Microsoft the day after the podcast expo is over. More details to come after I actually start in this new position.

It pains me to do this because I will lose so many search engine listings, but I do not want any conflict of interest. I will actually switch this website domain over to on October 2nd.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Live Radio to Podcasting Comes Full Circle

I think it is very interesting that podcasting is going towards live radio at new sites like I watched a Scoble show episode with Alan Levy, CEO of recently and it was like this concept was totally new online.

While I like to see this coming to life again, it is just not new and is a new as old idea. I think that seeing people getting all excited about this development is funny as it is only new to people who are new to the online radio space and don't have an understanding of the history of online radio.

The thing that is new about is that it is free to have a show on the network. The earlier companies charged a fee to host a show on the network. I am sure that will put these earlier companies out of business with a no fee business model.

Just visit that I consulted with 4 years ago and you will see what I mean. You can also see

Monday, August 27, 2007

Podcasting Changes Could Drive Dramatic Leap Forward in 2008

Podcasting will always be linked up with the iPod from a historical perspective, but devices come and go. Just think back to the Sony Walkman, a new and better device came along and replaced it called an iPod. I believe the same thing will happen to the iPod one day a better device will be seen as cooler. I think we are already seeing that day come closer with the launch of the iPhone and other truly mobile devices with wireless connections.
We shall see if Apple can keep the iPod viable in the market as more innovation comes over the long-run. I do hope that a better device does come that becomes a wild hit as I think it would be good for all of us.
I think it would be good for the podcasting industry if the Microsoft's Zune really does become a hit as it would more split the market for podcasting and would make the term "Podcast" mean more than distribution to an iPod. Making the term "Podcast" mean a type of portable on-demand content and less associated with an iPod would be a very good thing.
I do believe that podcasters can help expand the meaning of the term podcast by doing a few simple things. We need to slightly change how we all talk about and market podcasting in our blogs and to the media. This slight change in message could make a dramatic difference as I am seeing first hand that many existing and new podcasting related companies are trying to make podcasting an easier process for the listener and viewer. I also believe that content quality and selection is getting better everyday. The coming 12 months will be a very important new phase for podcasters and podcast consumers. I think the technology of easier discovery, management and anywhere delivery will make for a dramatic leap forward in 2008.

What can we all do today to start making a difference in this area and here is my to do/wish list:

1) Make podcast RSS feed links available in addition to our iTunes links on our websites
2) Promote alternative distribution platforms to other devices as much as possible in your shows and on your site
3) Submit your podcast RSS feeds to all available aggregators, mobile platforms, podcast networks to build a true online syndicated distribution strategy
4) Make sure your site visitors can listen or watch your content easily on your website
5) Reach out and talk to mainstream media and online media folks to tell them how the meaning of Podcasting is changing to go beyond the iPod
6) On all of our blogs, feeds, graphics and websites use the terms "Portable On-Demand" in as many places as possible

Friday, August 24, 2007

Portable On-Demand Cast = Podcast

This will not be another gripe post about how bad the term podcast is to the long term growth of portable media. You will never again hear me bash it. It is here to stay and we need to make the best of the situation. I am hearing more and more private discussion about changing the meaning of the term “Podcast” away from a strong connection with the iPod and making the name mean "Portable On-Demand Cast". I think this makes a lot of sense because the name podcast is here to stay and it is more often then not understood to mean a piece of content and less to mean a type of distribution. This transition to the Portable On-Demand meaning will take time as most have been conditioned to connect the iPod with Podcasting in thinking about the medium.

I think with the coming support for podcasting on the Zune, we have an opportunity to muddy the meaning to mean something a little more open and less Apple centric.

The challenge to everyone in the podcast industry is to start talking about this rebranding concept. I think it is important to the future of a strong and diverse distribution ecosystem that users will understand better.

Podcasting today has a user understanding and communications challenge that can be addresses by all parties involved at all levels in the industry. I also think that it is important to move beyond the singular focus that many podcasters large and small have on iTunes and the iPod. We are seeing many new distribution platforms on mobile, coming Zune support of podcasting and other types of mobile and living room devices that will bring greater success to content creators.

Podcasters need to be sure they offer their podcast RSS feeds right on their websites and stop only linking over to iTunes.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Only Part of Podcasting that is Dead is the Hype

Please folks don't get caught by these catchy headlines of these blog posts "Internet Radio is Dead" and "Podcasting is Dead". See a portion of the Internet Radio is Dead post below:

Podcasting is dead. Even interactive podcasting with callers. Case closed. End of discussion. For that matter, compared to video, blogging is dead.

I know some podcasters get good numbers. I think I know why that is. It has nothing to do with talent. People listen for one of two reasons. Either the podcasts are so old they started back when attracting an audience was easy, OR the people making the podcasts are already established bloggers or celebrities, so they can drive traffic to their recordings.

One of the very biggest podcasts belongs to a prominent conservative blogger, whom I will not mention, because he seems like a decent guy. It's like listening to paint dry. All he does is read aloud. The copy is bad. The stories are boring. The delivery is wooden. He has no personality. But he gets an audience, because he's already well-known. I think this is a great example of the second type of podcast I mentioned above.

I would guess that with RSS included, maybe 2000 people read my blog. I can therefore send maybe a hundred people to hear a podcast, tops. If I had 50,000 people, I could send maybe 2-3000. That seems to be how it works.

Let's get real here as hype, knee jerk and unrealistic reactions like this is what got us all to this point to begin with. Portable downloadable media and blogging usage was always going to be marginal for many years, as it takes time to grow a new medium. It was never going to replace existing radio and TV like many thought it would in the early days of the podcasting boom. I do believe that RSS based syndication and distribution of digital media will continue to grow as more and more people will prefer to get content sent to them that they have subscribed to receive, store and playback on the listener and viewers timetable. The concept is already here for many already with TIVO, DVR's and iTunes. It is all about getting content the audience wants for consuming at a later time is what this is all about. Audio podcasting will grow as it is enabled to all of our cars and on our mobile devices.

Podcasting and Blogging are not Dead, but is still in a very early stage of development. I believe that those involved in these new content distribution and consumption methods are blazing the trail for a dramatic shift that is coming to all of us. The day is coming that we will be in total control of our media and content creators will be all of us and a few of us. We will all or mostly all of us will join in on the revolution of digital media and those that engage will help succeed in this new world and those that don't will slowly loose opportunities. I do believe that you need to be smart about what you do with the time you have on this earth, but expressing your personality, creativity and smarts online will always payoff if one is credible about it. Please step back and take a deep breath and don't fall for the hype or unhype about portable downloadable on-demand media. It is real and YouTube actually confirms it for us all and is not an example that podcasting is dead.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

True Broadband Mobility: N95 with US 3G and N800

I am very pleased to hear that Nokia has decided to offer US 3G (HSDPA) support in a coming new version of the Nokia N95 in September. This is big news for those of us that have ATT's unlimited internet MediaMax data plans here in the USA on our mobile phones. MediaMax costs $19.99 per month and the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet is $349. It is a perfect mobility solution.
This unlocked N95 phone will give you access to 3G speeds on the N800 that would normally cost $59 per month on laptops or other PDA phone devices. This ability has been on my mind ever since I returned Cingular's 3G laptop card a few months ago, it felt crazy to pay $19.99 per month for EDGE internet access and another $59.99 for laptop 3G access. Paying $80.00 per month for mobile internet access seemed like to much to pay.
Now it is finally a real value to get mobile unlimited internet access and get 3G speed for $19.99 per month until ATT closes the loop hole down.
The only real short comings of this solution is that you cannot edit Microsoft Office documents on the N800 and the N800 could have a faster processor.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

New Blog Name and URL Coming

I am planning to make some changes to this blog over the next few days. The name of it will be changing slightly to Mobilecaster News at I am adding the "e" back to the mobile word that will correct the mispelling from my previous name and URL.

This blog/podcast was also nominated for a Podcast Award and the winners will be given awards at the Portable Media and Podcast Expo. I will be requesting that the name of this blog be changed on the Podcast Awards website.
The blog and podcast RSS feed URL will stay the same.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

CelleCast: on-demand audio on your phone

Last night I spoke with Andrew Deal. Founder and CEO of Vancouver, Washington company and they are taking an interesting approach to mobile phone audio distribution. While the concept of delivering audio content via regular phone audio signal is not new, the messaging of how they are promoting it is and is worth mentioning. They never use the word "Podcast" on their site. Go check them out as they are worth watching in this space as this company does not need to have mobile operator/carriers deals to roll the service out to the market. Andrew has also managed to recruit a very experienced broadcast radio veteran by the name of Dave Van Dyke of Bridge Rating's Research and long-time radio station owner to help him as Sr. VP Operations and Media Partnerships. I have known Dave for many years and he knows what he is doing.

This is a signal of a coming change back to pre-podcasting days -- in how companies position themselves as the hype of podcasting has faded. We are getting to a point where everyone who wants to grow a company in this area needs to reach the other 62% who do not know what a podcast is, but do know what radio and audio programs are.

You may have also noticed that this blog has changed as well to be less about "Mobile Podcasting" and more about mobile phone digital media trends and companies. You will see here less bias towards Mobilcast from this post forward as I no longer work for Melodeo. I am back to producing great digital media and online content. I am looking for my next great mobile digital media opportunity that will keep my dreams alive. Please keep me in mind if you hear of great mobile digital media opportunities and if you would like your mobile digital media company featured here then feel free to send me an email to: (rob at My contact info is also in the right side column of this blog.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

iPhones begin Mobilecasting or is it now iPhonecasting?

Mobilcast user logs are proving to us that downloading and storage are no longer barriers to getting content on the phone with Mobilcasting. Somehow as part of this mobile podcast listening discussion we need to focus less on downloading and storage as that is an iPod and mp3 player process and is not an always connected mobile phone experience for most mobile podcast listeners today.

Now with the introduction of the iPhone, Apple or iTunes based mobile audio and video content consumption via podcasting will begin to transfer to the iPhone -"iPhonecasting" has begun. Users will not want to wait for the content to download to the iPhones flash memory. They will want to get the content on-demand via a stream as users will get frustrated with the wait.

We should even consider dropping the use of the term “Podcast” to describe it unless you are only talking about a type of content only. We should call it “Mobilecasting” or “Mobilcasting” and I hope we do not start calling it iPhonecasting. The Mobilcast java client application has been around for over a year and a half now and we have significant usage data on the question of streaming content vs. downloading content on the mobile phone. We have offered both and streaming is winning at over 95%.

The huge benefit to getting audio and soon video from RSS with media enclosure feeds on the phone is that you can always get the latest and most up to date content available in those feeds. So all of those hourly feeds become “Personalized Radio” with potential content sources from all over the world. You are basically creating your own personalized radio station on your phone with almost real time updated content. You only get what you want when you want it. I use the application everyday of the week and my consumption of audio has exploded compared to mp3 based listening like the iPod.

Apple has too many podcasters and listeners in a form of mind control with this iPod and iTunes platform. It is not the future of podcasting, because the future of podcasting is “Mobilecasting”. Give it a try and you will see what I mean.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Downtown Seattle iPhone Line Builds

Updated June 29th at 6pm PST: I just got back from the iPhone release at the Apple store in Seattle at the University Village Mall. I took photos of the 600-800 people who were waiting in line to get in at 6pm. I also got in line and within 1 hour and 10 minutes (7:10pm) was able to get into the Apple store. It was very crowded and I think they had more sales people in the store then customers at any given time. I was asked 10 times while standing in the store if I needed help. See bottom of this post to see my purchase of an iPhone.

I did PURCHASE one of the iPhones. I got the 8GB version of the iPhone for $652 dollars with sales tax. Wow -that is one expensive phone.

I know that I said in prior posts that I would not get one, but the temptation was so great. After purchasing it and diving more into the service plan changes that I would need to make and the inability to trade out AT&T sim cards on the phone with my other Nokia phones.

Unfortunately, I am going to need to either sell it or return it. I need to have a phone that will also run Mobilcast and nuTsie without me having to pay for two lines with data plans.

Fri, June 29th at 2pm PST , Many of us here at Melodeo the makers of Mobilcast and nuTsie have been visiting the Pacific Place shopping center AT&T (Cingular) store this afternoon to check on lines and demo displays for the 6pm release of the iPhone. This photo is from the same store this afternoon.

One of the guys here reported that, "There was a line of 19 people queued up out the door waiting to buy an iPhone and one very confused looking guy waiting to buy an LG Sync (he was from Ballard). The demographics appeared to be late 20’s to early 30’s and nearly all male. The AT&T rep in the store stated that there would be 24 in-store sales reps in the store tonight when the iPhone goes on sale at 6pm. On a typical Friday evening 8 or fewer reps would be working the store. We also found out that the iPhones sold in the AT&T store would NOT be activated in the store, but instead on-line from the iTunes site."

I also stopped by the store and took the above picture. They also have plenty of display space open for the window and it is empty and I also saw other displays up that did not have any iPhones in them. Melodeo is buying one of the iPhones, but I am not sure if anyone else here is getting one. If Robert Scoble and his son still lived in Seattle then he would be waiting first in line here instead. Ryan from Engadget, please add this post to your iPhone multi-city post. To read more posts from the Pacific Place line read this blog. Rob Greenlee

Possible iPhone Launch Monday with 3G in Europe (UK)

Guy Kewney of the blog is reporting that a 3G version of the iPhone is launching on Monday in Europe with Vodafone, T-Mobile of Germany, and Carphone Warehouse.

From his blog post;

"Hints of the European launch emerged yesterday when Bill Condie of the London Evening Standard tipped Vodafone to be the official carrier, which will be confirmed Monday. But Voda is just part of the picture, with Apple going for a three-pronged European strategy with carriers - again, responding to disappointment in America with the exclusive deal with AT&T/Cingular."

This is all very interesting if it is correct, because it would mean that Europe is getting a more capable iPhone in Europe before the USA gets it.

This other piece of his post has me wondering if this is really correct;

"Shipment date is still unknown, but "on course" for the year-end date predicted last October by Apple CEO Steve Jobs."

I am speculating that since the deal with Europe was done later then the deal with AT&T that it gave Apple more time to pull a better phone and carrier deal together. This European deal addresses the core two complaints about the US iPhone release. Slow data network and only one carrier/operator release.

The post also describes a possible French Telecom deal that could be in the works;

"Writer Condie quoted sources inside Credit Suisse which suggested that France Telecom was in line for a franchise. That is unlikely to be fulfilled, possibly because of Orange's insistence on "strong branding" on any handset it carries. Orange has irritated several phone makers by insisting on disabling technical and user-oriented features which didn't sit with Orange."

This news has not seem to have broken much in the USA, but it is an interesting twist to the iPhone rollout story. Keep in mind that any 3G device deployment in Europe will not work with USA 3G as it is on different radio frequencies. So you cannot buy in Europe and get 3G here with the phone, you would be back on EDGE again.

AT&T Boosts EDGE Data Speeds To Over 200K

Engadget has broken the news that it appears the AT&T has boosted its EDGE data speed to over 200K for the impending launch of the iPhone. I just ran the same mobile speed test three times on my Nokia N73 and it has shown 222K, 197K and 210K. It is my understanding that EDGE has an upper limit maximum of 473.6 kbit/s for very short transmission distance. This is very realistic that AT&T has done this in light of how badly they have been beatup in the press about its data speed with the iPhone. This is a boon for all those not buying an iPhone. This will really help with podcast and music playback with AT&T users of Mobilcast and nuTsie.
EDGE MEdiaNet Unlimited Data Plans cost $19.99 per month at AT&T. It will also be a great help with my Nokia N800 experience. If you want to test your speed on your mobile phone then type this address into your phone browser:

Thursday, June 28, 2007

N800 to support Skype VOIP and IM coming in July

This is an update post to an earlier post I made about the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet device that I use to connect to the Internet through my mobile Nokia N73 phone. It enables me to get on the web anywhere with my $19.99 per month MEdiaNet Unlimited data plan through ATT (formerly Cingular).

It has leaked all over the web that Skype for the N800 will be coming in July of '07. That is in only a week or so from now. That is great news and will really make the N800 extremely useful as a VOIP and IM device. Very Cool. (photo and source from jkontherun)

Mobilcaster that doesn't Podcast, an interesting question

I have had a few readers of this blog comment that "A Mobilcaster should podcast or Mobilcast some content". Well, I do agree that it would make sense for me to do that and I still might do it.

I created a Mobilcaster RSS feed URL: and intended to do it on a regular basis. I even have my own studio in my office here at Melodeo that is right behind me and I still don't do it.

I also have a home studio with over $10K in audio equipment that has been the home studio base for two popular podcasts called WebTalk Radio and the Boston Legal TV Show podcast. All of my past podcasting has been with my wonderful wife Dana and we have been a team. We even got to do podcasts for CBS TV Network back in 2005.

I admit to becoming a podfader and letting down many listeners who have followed my radio shows since 1999.

I suppose that what I am about to write is a list of excuses, but these are realities that I have faced in keeping any podcasts alive. I have be very lucky for many years to have jobs that allowed me the time and energy to produce a broadcast syndicated radio show. I have also had large stretches of time when I was doing consulting work and focusing on the radio show. These stretches of consulting time have been the times when I had the time to devote to building the show and its distribution. Since starting to work at Melodeo, I have had less time and energy to battle with producing content for a variety of work, family and personal reasons that I will not bore you with.

Producing quality radio show content is very hard work and I just don't want to go down the path if I cannot produce a top quality program. I have had a very popular and financially rewarding radio show for many years and I know what it takes to do it right. I also admit to now having a clear vision on what content would actually work now. Podcasting has changed the Internet radio market beyond recognition and it is now dominated by major media companies that have the talent, resources, audio quality, marketing horsepower and time to make content that builds an audience. When I started back in 1999 it was wide open and opportunity was everywhere, but now it is so crowded and there is so much top quality content being produced that it would be very hard to rise above the noise of the Internet these days.

My position here at Melodeo Mobilcast and now nuTsie is very demanding on my time and energy. I also have a 3 hour daily commute to Seattle the eats away at my content production time and I am remodeling my house. I am building mobile phone podcast catalogs for mobile carrier/operators all over the world. I am responsible for localized language podcast catalogs in many countries around the world right now. This Mobilcast listening on mobile phones is growing and coming into a time when the phones and the wireless networks will make it possible for mobile phones to be a great way to get to podcast-like content. The iPod is old technology as seen by the excitement around the new iPhone.

You may see me run back up to the content fence again soon as I do have a new WebTalk Radio site almost completed. I don't see myself doing a Mobilcaster podcast on a regular basis, but could do a few episodes now and then. I do seem to be getting more and more pulled towards video. Look out as I have a face for radio.

Rob Greenlee

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Walt Mossberg Posts iPhone Video Review

Walter S. Mossberg the famed tech reviewer from the Wall Street Journal has finally posted his review of the Apple iPhone. He has had the phone for two weeks and is now talking about his experience. Check it out here. He likes it very much, but does not like that it does not support 3G and that other carriers like Verizon, T-Mobile and others will not be offering it.

Here is part of his review;

Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions.
The Apple phone combines intelligent voice calling, and a full-blown iPod, with a beautiful new interface for music and video playback. It offers the best Web browser we have seen on a smart phone, and robust email software. And it synchronizes easily and well with both Windows and Macintosh computers using Apple’s iTunes software.

It has the largest and highest-resolution screen of any smart phone we’ve seen, and the most internal memory by far. Yet it is one of the thinnest smart phones available and offers impressive battery life, better than its key competitors claim.

It feels solid and comfortable in the hand and the way it displays photos, videos and Web pages on its gorgeous screen makes other smart phones look primitive.

The iPhone’s most controversial feature, the omission of a physical keyboard in favor of a virtual keyboard on the screen, turned out in our tests to be a nonissue, despite our deep initial skepticism. After five days of use, Walt — who did most of the testing for this review — was able to type on it as quickly and accurately as he could on the Palm Treo he has used for years. This was partly because of smart software that corrects typing errors on the fly.

The above review is an early sign that this iPhone may generally meet expectations which is a good thing for the whole mobile media industry as it will raise the bar for OEM device makers to make smart phone mobiles that are compelling for consumers. This may also mainstream the acceptance of these type of devices, but it could end up being like the iPod and other competitors have a hard time competing against the iPhone because the design is locked down in patents. I still say wait for iPhone 2.0 with 3G. I am lucky that I already have my plan with AT&T, but it would still cost me $600. I am still not going to do it as I have a N95 coming very soon from Nokia.

Coming Battle of the Super Smart Phones: iPhone and N95

While I think it is great that Apple is coming out big with iPhone 1.0 this coming Friday, June 29th. It is very likely that the iPhone 2.0 will be out in 2008 and it could be much better.

I was reading a New York Post article by Seattle resident Glenn Fleishman who is also saying to not get "Hung Up on buying an iPhone" he says, "Oh, it's a technological marvel. But Apple's all-in-one handheld isn't the best cellphone - or even the best iPhone - that will be sold in the next year.

I hate to be the one to always fly against the wind of popular culture and this iPhone is a social and culture phenomena. It has been talked about and publicized so much that anything less then selling millions of iPhones will be considered a failure for Apple. The iPhone hype has set expectations very high and I just don't see how it could ever match expectations. I do think that it will sell well and that the reason for the sales will be the expectations being set so high.

Many bloggers and print journalists have said that if you compare the iPhone smartphone to a phone like a Nokia N95 that the iPhone fails the comparison on many key aspects. The N95 has also had very high expectations and mostly it has delivered on the advanced technology promises.

This is a very interesting time as mobile devices seem to be on the edge of a big break through in capability and technology convergence of portable digital and high speed wireless Internet access.

Here is a feature and function comparison between the iPhone and the N95 super smartphone:

  • The iPhone has a 2.0 megapixel camera while the N95 has a 5 megapixel camera. N95 wins.
  • The iPhone supports GSM/GPRS/Edge/WiFi wireless data speed and the N95 supports GSM/GPRS/Edge/3G/WiFi. N95 wins with overall data speed with 3G support (3G support is only European).
  • The iPhone touch screen software User Interface is unproven with users, but is very attractive visually and generally Apple users are very visual and are attracted to these clean software UI's that Apple produces. N95 is more of a conventional mobile keyboard that most users have used and is a slide out key pad. The conventional mobile keyboard works great for most people. I don't think we can declare a winner yet, but at this point Apple has the popularity lead and many tech pundits are unsure on this one as well.
  • The iPhone comes with either 4 or 8 GB's of internal storage. The N95 and most other smartphones do not come with that much memory. The only other Nokia phone to have that much memory is the Nokia N91 with 4 or 8 GB's of internal hard drive. iPhone is clearly the winner.
  • The iPhone screen size is 3.5 inches and has brilliant colors and sharp image resolution. N95 has a 2.8 inch screen that also has brilliant and sharp impage quality. Winner is again the iPhone.
  • The iPhone is $599 (8GB) and $499 (4GB) with two year ATT wireless plan. N95 cannot get it with a wireless carrier in the USA and to buy unlocked is $750. The iPhone wins here as well.
  • The iPhone supports Google Maps, but the N95 has built in GPS support. N95 wins.
  • The iPhone does not support Microsoft Outlook Sync and N95 does support PDA features and Outlook sync. N95 wins
  • iPhone audio playback quality is unknown at this time, but the N95 has stereo external speakers and a great clean sound processor. The iPhone is also an iPod and so you can assume that the audio quality will be very good as well. Both tie on this one.
When you compare features and function side by side like this the iPhone starts to look very good, but the things that are missing for me are significant. The missing 3G wireless data speed is important to have in the iPhone 2.0, but the N95's 3G support does not work here in the USA. I heard that T-Mobile's new 3G network will support the N95's 3G radio.

As for listening to podcasts and other portable media the iPhone and N95 are both powerful devices as the iPhone will side load from iTunes and the N95 will run applications like Nokia's podcasting application, Mobilcast, nuTsie for iTunes play list streaming and many other Java applications. The iTunes, YouTube and iPhone relationship is very powerful for music and podcasts. The N95 is much more diverse in alternative/open media application support. I tend to lean towards the more open platform of the N95 and java support.

It appears that writing this post has convinced me that the only real thing to wait for with the iPhone is 3G support and a second generation device that has all the firmware bugs worked out. the Nokia devices also have this issue. Go wait in line this coming Friday if you must, but realise that a better iPhone is coming.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Great For Mobile Web Browsing and RSS Feed Reading

I have been reviewing the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet over the past few weeks and it has been a companion to my Nokia N73 phone. The photo you see to the left of this post is taken with my N73 phone on my desk in my office at Melodeo.
I have very much enjoyed this phone companion device as it has extended my phones abilities and AT&T/Cingular MEdiaNet Edge unlimited data plan that I use on my phone. This tablet has a much larger screen then my N73 and gives me a really good web browsing and RSS feed reading experience. The text can still be very small on the N800, but it has a toggle on top of the device that easily makes the text much larger or smaller. I mainly extend my mobile Internet/web experience with the device. It is like having a very small laptop with fairly fast anywhere Internet connectivity.

Though the N800 has many great features that I will expand on, it has had a few issues and shortcomings. I had to return it to Nokia and have them reload the Linux operating system as it just stopped loading after my first two weeks of using it. I got it back quickly as part of the Nokia Blogger Review program. It has worked great ever sense. I am just getting it all customized to my preferences, bookmarks and RSS feed subscriptions.

The N800 is also limited by outside software compatibility issues as it just does not support much outside software like most of the Instant Messenging software. It only supports GoogleTalk and Google Gmail. The browser is ok with the ability to play YouTube videos on the screen via a good Wifi connection. If you could get a solid 3G connection it would be great for mobile video, but on Edge it can be a really slow buffer. The RSS feed reader does a nice job, but is really basic and operates like Bloglines. The N800 has a built-in video and still camera that pops out from the side of the device, the image is a little poor. The device also can stream Internet radio stations to its two stereo speakers and play music anywhere in your house via wifi.
I have not been able to locate any podcast catching application that will run on the N800, but Google searches work great and it is very fast and is great to have if you have a Nokia phone. I did not try it with a different make of phone so I do not know if it works with Motorola, LG or Samsung phones. The N800 is great for friends and my wife to jump on the web while in the car to find and research all sorts of things while away from my computer or that are just to hard to research on my small phone screen. The device sells for over $300 dollars and is worth it if you spend a lot of time commuting on a train or bus and don't want to spend the $60 per month it costs to get 3G on your laptop.

Mobilcast Top 5 Unknown Features

I was thinking today as I was reading through some of the answers to my open ended questions in our recent Mobile Podcasting User Survey that many core features that have been built into the Mobilcast technology is not well understood by current and future users.

Here is the Top 5 list:

1) You can link your podcast playlist account to Mobilcast on your phone! After you get a simple code from and link Mobilcast phone application with your account, you will share your favorite podcasts in My Favorites between and Mobilcast phone application. Simply put, you can have the same playlist of your favorite podcasts on the web and the phone using Mobilcast.

2) Quick access to over 9,000 audio content feeds via search on the website and in Mobilcast on the phone. We have all the top and most popular content sources like ABC, NPR, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, PBS, PodShow, HBO, ESPN, Fox News and thousands of others.

3) No downloading unless you want to download.

4) The latest episodes from your favorite content provider is always available via a stream within minutes of publishing. On-phone directory that is human edited to list only the best content available.

5) Our beta v5 HiFi is available for free at

Monday, June 18, 2007

Mobilcast on the Danger HipTop Coming

In the next few days we will be announcing that Mobilcast will be available on the the Danger SideKick HipTop device. This release will be with a regional wireless operator/carrier and be a modified version of the current Mobilcast application.

This cool device has more names then any other phone besides HTC smartphones. Here is an older blog post from forum for discussion about our partnership with Danger. In the spirit of full disclosure. The HipTop does not support AAC+ audio, so the audio playback will be using AMR.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

New "nuTsie" Apple Parody Video Released - episode 2

This new "nuTsie" video is a parody on the famous Apple commercials with the PC and Mac guys. This second episode of this series is even more nuTsie then the last, but in a different way. The guys will love it... for some reason?

This new nuTsie video should be very popular. You will see for yourself.

Give it a watch:

Post Update 6/14/2007:

The above video about nuTsie has had over 220,000 views and is one of the top videos on YouTube.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Podcasting audience still grows, but name poorly defined

The Diffusion Group has just released a new research study on podcasting dated June 7th, 2007.

The results from this study show some alarming realities around the podcast name as a brand. Brands are supposed to clearly define what a product or service it and what it means in fact and socially to users, customers and business partners. This study is saying, the term "Podcast and Podcasting" as a brand has failed to clearly deliver the goods for all parties involved in it.

Here are some positive aspects of the study;

TDG reports 11% of adult broadband users (some 12 million US consumers) listen to podcasts at least once per month. TDG's latest report on new media usage, Podcast Usage Profiles and Demand Forecasts thru 2012, predicts that by 2012 this number will grow to 24% of broadband users (38.5 million Americans).

Among those that listen to podcasts at least once per month, 68% use a portable device while 49% listen to them on a PC (an interesting insight given that many define podcasting as only a portable medium);

On average, users listen to 5.4 podcasts per month on a portable device and 4.7 on a PC;

On average, those who subscribe to podcast services are signed up for 4.1 different feeds; and 70% of users rely on iTunes to access podcasts.

Straight from the report, here are some of the TDG's harshest truths about podcasting;

While the audience for podcasting continues to expand, TDG identifies two specific factors that are keeping a lid on usage:

(1) Podcasting continues to be perceived as too complex for average consumers to use.

(2) Users remain unaware of the quantity and quality of content available for podcast consumption.

The report continues; "Despite the fact that the Oxford University Press selected 'podcast' as Word of Year in 2005, most consumers have a very poor understanding of the medium or the variety of content available for consumption by podcast," said Dale Gilliam III, director of primary research and author of the report. This lack of understanding, notes Gilliam, is due primarily to the multiplicity of ways in which pundits and marketers have used the term.

Why is the definition of "podcasting" so important? Gilliam continues: "At the end of the day, the way consumers come to understand a new medium such as podcasting will strongly determine the types of experiences and value they attribute to the concept. When those in the business of articulating and promoting this new medium use language inconsistently, the power of the concept to attract and engage users is diluted."

I completely agree with this observation about why podcasting adoption has weakened over the past year. The truth is that the early adopters of podcasting have kinda moved on to the next bright trendy light. To many techno-elites audio podcasting is so 3 years ago. Now the only real hot area of podcasting is video. This area has grown quite well on the iTunes and iPod platform, but has fallen flat on any other portable player platform. The only other place this video podcast content has become successful is on YouTube and Revver, it is it a video podcast whe it is watched on You Tube?

The other area is the use of the term "podcast" and that it means something different to everyone involved at all levels from consumption, distribution and production. The word "podcast" has no one meaning to everyone. This is the core reason the the brand and word "Podcast" has no meaning anymore, because it means too much.

What is a Podcast? Can you define it to mean something everyone can agree on? No, that is the core of the problem. Listeners and watchers of podcasts think for "Podcasts" as only "content". Does it mean a show or and episode?

The word "Podcast" to creator or producer of the content means a type of distribution platform that refers to RSS feeds with enclosures tags linked to downloadable media files.

To distribution platforms the word "Podcast" means a competitive distribution platform with iTunes and the iPod. Plus to add to more confusion the majority of people who have heard of "Podcasts" think of it exclusively as a way to get content on an iPod only. Sorry to say that at this point "Podcast" the term is dead as everyone is so confused.

Early podcasters talked about this potential as it was lifting off. Now we are seeing mobile phones being used to listen to podcasts and it is even more confusing to potential users. I think the answer to this problem will take time and education by marketers who can clearly define in an understandable way all the potential ways consumers can get content. It could be on a mobile phone or a portable mp3 player. It is looking like the mobile phone is the next portable multimedia consuming platform and we just need to figure out a way to clearly communicate what that method is that takes us beyond the term "Podcast".

Jupiter says; Phone is clearly evolving into multimedia device

Michael Gartenberg from Jupiterresearch has posted a comment in his blog about "nuTsie";

Michael says, This will be something to watch. Will Apple allow this to go on? What are the legal issues of streaming content like this? But for now, it's simple, elegant and free. The phone is clearly evolving into a media and entertainment device, that like camera phones are finding their contextual niche. This is a perfect app to help make that happen faster.

I totally agree with Michael that the phone is becoming that true convergence device that everyone thought it could become. The iPhone, Nokia N-series devices, Treo smartphones and many Windows Mobile device are clearly examples of that growing trend. I am seeing more people moving over to these type of devices. These devices need content to help people see the greater value and nuTsie is clearly delivering the content that people want.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Melodeo goes nuts and takes a bite of Apple

Seattle Times has posted a great story about the nuTsie announcement. This will actually help Apple extend the iTunes platform.

Everyone wins with the nuTsie service - iTunes users, mobile phone users, music artists and labels. Well, I guess Melodeo benefits as well if everyone else does.

We also hope to extend the platform beyond iTunes and also into more smartphone beyond just Nokia phones.

Stay tuned to more, but the service is live and real today. Check it out at

Read the Seattle Times Post - digg it

nuTsie is getting people talking differently about iTunes has posted a great article about Melodeo's nuTsie service, a new mobile music service that lets you get your entire iTunes library on your mobile phone. read more digg story

Here is another great post and analysis about the nuTsie service by Kurt Hanson from the RAIN Newsletter. It is a great read. We are taking his thoughts seriously as he has some great points on how we can improve this nuTsie beta service.

Melodeo's "nuTsie" music service to monetize illegally downloaded music

This is one of the better articles on Melodeo's new "nuTsie" music service. It talks about its potential to drive revenue to artists and labels from illegally downloaded music. This sounds like a win win for everyone. Go sign-up for the service on the web and mobile ( if you have a supported phone. Windows Mobile support coming as well.

read more digg story

Monday, June 04, 2007

Melodeo Launches "nuTsie": Get Your Entire iTunes Music Library On Your Mobile Phone

Melodeo is proud announce a new mobile and web service called nuTsie beta, this currently FREE mobile music service allows consumers to get their entire iTunes library on their mobile phone and via login on the website. The nuTsie free public beta (available immediately at, allows anyone to easily shuffle through all of their iTunes music and playlists in hi-fi quality on their mobile phone or on the Web.

Here is a fun video Melodeo has produced that simply expains "nuTsie".

nuTsie allows users to access all of their favorite iTunes music on a wide variety of today's most popular phone models, with no expensive device upgrade required.

nuTsie is built on Melodeo's proven high-quality, low-bandwidth mobile streaming technology that has been hardened and tested with Melodeo Mobilcast service, which is currently launched with wireless carriers around the world.

This new nuTsie service really means consumers will never again have to hassle with synching their phone to a computer, downloading music or dealing with limited storage capacity on their phone. Read more about the service.

nuTsie does not download actual iTunes song files, so there are no storage issues, sideloading hassles or piracy worries. Instead, nuTsie works by referencing a consumer's iTunes library and playlists and then making the same track titles available for streaming from nuTsie’s servers via the Web and mobile phone.

nuTsie combines Melodeo's innovative streaming music technology with an enhanced “radio rules” shuffle algorithm that ensures artists, record labels and music publishers are paid for every use of a song. nuTsie is also the only non-Apple music service to play "Fair Play" music purchased by download from iTunes.

The nuTsie service can also be accessed via a browser on any Web-connected computer. Consumers can listen to their iTunes music just about anytime and anywhere with nuTsie.

You can also follow updates to the nuTsie service by checking back here and by visiting the nuTsie blog.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Mobile Podcasting Survey Results

You may have read here that I have been conducting a mobile podcasting user survey over the past few weeks. Well, I have some results to share that show some interesting aspects of mobile phone consumption of podcasts. I have had about 100 people fillout the online survey.

If you have used mobilcast and would like to contribute to this study, you can still do it via this link.

Do you listen to podcasts on other portable devices besides Mobilcast?
Yes, on iPod -------------- 38.1%
Yes, on other mp3 player - 22.6%
No ----------------------- 39.3%

The above is telling me that 39% percent users of mobile podcast listening is being done by people who are not listening to podcasts on an iPod or mp3 player or these listeners have stopped listening to podcasts on an iPod or mp3 player to only listen via Mobilcast.

I also asked when and where do Mobile Podcast (Mobilcast) users listen to podcasts?
In the car --------------------------------------- 29.3%
On the bus or train ---------------------------- 28.1%

At work ------------------------------------------ 25.6%
In the office -------------------------------------- 19.5%
At home ---------------------------------------- 34.2%
When I have a few minutes at various locations - 43.9%

The leading "various locations" answer (43.9%) is what we here call "Tweentime", that is times the user listens while waiting in line, at the doctors office or waiting to get on a bus. The other significate use is while excercising. The other major use area is "at home" (34.2%), "in the car" (29.3%), "bus or train" (28.1%) while communting to work.

The survey is also showing the majority age of mobile podcast listeners are between the ages of 30-50 years old. The largest percentage is between 30-40 years old (43.4%), 40-50 years old (24.1%). The 20-30 year olds use is at (14.5%).

I am not sure how this use pattern mirror the iPod or mp3 players, but this is the use pattern that we are seeing with this study. Thanks to all those who spent the time to contribute to this study.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

What happened to the Podcast Industry?

I have been involved in on-demand portable downloadable digital media since 2000 when I first posted mp3 file downloads of my WebTalkGuys Radio show. The term podcasting has seen huge media attention that drove new content and listener growth in the first two years (since 2004). This massive amount of media attention inspired many new content creators, because they saw an opportunity for fame and fortune that was mainly fanned by MTV TVj Adam Curry (PodShow and Daily Source Code).

You must give Adam credit for driving the massive amount of attention to Podcasting, but was the hype overblown? I think looking back now it was very overblown and the expectations that Podcasting would kill radio now seem totally absured. Yes, when was the last time Adam Curry and podcasting was mentioned in the media? It is safe to say that the media and general podcasters burned out on Adam Curry and his podcasting hype. He even recently lost his Sirius deal to broadcast podcasts. He is seen now as a negative influence on the world of podcasting for many reasons related to his efforts to commercialize podcasting and to take credit at the expense of others on the Podcasting page at the Wikipedia.

I still have faith that on-demand portable downloadable and streamed digital media will continue to grow and develop, but it will happen at a DRM free level.

The news around Podcasting the past few months have been less then positive and have shown a real falling to earth. We have seen many commercial entities around podcasting fall to earth under the weight of open and non-commercial influences. In the news today of Audible's Wordcast (commercial DRM'd podcasting service is being shutdown and last weeks news of ODEO being sold, Loomia changing it's business model away from podcasting are signs of an industry in a less inflated market and one that is getting more real by the minute.

If you want to go back in time and read some of the discussion around commercial podcasting then start here with a post made by my WebTalk Radio co-host Mitch Ratcliffe, that fueled this later discussion. If you scroll down the page to the comments, you will see a few thoughts of mine back then.

Sure the hype is down and it is not as exciting to be involved in podcasting, but that is ok with me because I am here for the long-haul and I have seen this since it started. I still think that on-demand portable downloadable and streaming digital media is the future of all of our media consumption.

The term Podcast and iPod is an evolutionary step in the process to huge global adoption of consumption via mobile devices of all kinds.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Thanks for the Mobilcast Reviews

I want to thank the many bloggers over the past few months who have taken the time to do a review post about Mobilcast and their experiences with the service. I wanted to give them some attention, Google juice and link love for their time and effort. I will be over the next week going through and posting these reviews and commenting on them.

Earlier this week, (Monday, May 21st, 2007) Ken Rutkowski, long-time host of KenRadio World Tech Roundup give Mobilcast a big endorsement on his show. You can hear it by visiting his show page and listening to the first 3-4 minutes of the show. He has a little flash player on the page to listen with. Ken has a huge following for his show and has been doing his daily show for 10 years now.

I also want to thank all those that have responded to the call for feedback and filled out our online survey about Mobilcast. If you would like to take the survey then jump on it now via this tinyurl --

The most recent blog review was from Matt Cuppa's blog sub-titled "My take on tea, technology and our environment".

Here is Matt's post about using Mobilcast from May 17, 2007;

"After registering on the website and setting up the application on my phone, it took about fifteen minutes to set up a list of “Favorites.” Using the “Search” feature gave me better results than scrolling through the limited list of pre-selected podcasts. I was very happy with the selection of available podcasts. I was able to find all of my usual shows with the exception of one.(Treehugger Radio, which is pretty hit-and-miss no matter what service you use.) There is a website component, which I have not spent much time with, that allows you to link you’re mobile “Favorites” to your account on the web.

The playback is surprisingly high quality. It won’t make you hang up your iPod, but for streaming data over a cellular network… wow! I expected the tinny sound of overly compressed audio accompanied by plenty of blips and stutters, symptoms of dropped packets. You’ll hear a stutter now and then, but for the most part it’s mp3 quality sound. The playback controls are intuitive, but if you forget how to pause your show, there is button map on screen. I really like that my phone’s volume control works within the application, and that playback continues even if I close the flip. This is great because I can pocket my phone and go. If you’re used to your iPod, it’s a bit inconvenient that you can’t rewind or fast forward, although you can skip to the next episode or pause your current episode. If you stop in the middle of an episode, even after quitting the app, starting the episode again will bring you to the point you that left off at.

Over the past few weeks, this application has made it onto my short list of essential mobile applications. I’ve come to love simple applications that focus on doing a few things very well. Mobilcast does just that. With it’s intuitive controls, large selection of available podcasts, and surprisingly good audio quality, I’m totally sold on Melodeo’s Mobilcast. Assuming your phone is supported, this is just an all-around good app to add to your mobile aresenal."

Wow, what a positive review and he covers all of the highlights of the application. While Matt is correct about many of the advantages to using Mobilcast, we realize that we can always improve the experience. He is correct about the blips and stutters in the playback as we must use the carrier data networks and they do have dead spots in coverage and many times because of our adaptive chunking buffering of audio the application will play right through those dead areas and then when a new chunk of audio is needed then network coverage is back.
If you are using an older version of Mobilcast then you need to upgrade and get the great new audio quality that is available in our 5.1 version. All of our carrier deployments are now on the new better sounding version.
Check back again soon to see more reviews posted here. If you have a review then please post it and send me the link and I will give you some link love and Google juice for it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

More New Mobilcast Demo Video's Released on YouTube

I have posted a few new Mobilcast video demos over at I hope you find them helpful in the understanding of how Mobilcast works on a Nokia N73 phone and gives you a view into how I use Mobilcast on a daily basis.

In-Car Mobile Podcast Listening with Mobilcast & Nokia N73

I also created a video about my 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid that does also show Mobilcast, but it mainly is about how quiet the Camry is in electric mode. It is very cool and is quite the experience. I am finding that the older you get the more I value silence and the Camry delivers on that while driving and and at every stoplight.

Review: 2007 Camry Hybrid Driving in Silence

If you have used or currently use Mobilcast then please take the 5 minute and 10 question survey we now have online -- Click one of the links to take the survey now: or

Rob Greenlee

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Nokia N75 Launches with Mobilcast support on ATT (Cingular)

The great slim looking Nokia N75 has just been released into the wild on ATT (Cingular) network and is the first high-end, UMTS 3G, Symbian S60 3rd Edition smartphone to launch on ATT's (Cingular) network. The news on the street says that these very cool looking N75 phones are selling like hotcakes. It looks like Nokia may have a hit here in the USA market with a series 60 smartphone.

The phone also features a 2 megapixel camera and music player. It has a full Web browser, Bluetooth support and memory card slot. The N75 has dual speakers for stereo music playback and with its DRM software it is compatible with a number of online music services, such as Yahoo Music. Best of all the N75 supports Mobilcast, as we have been testing on it for months now.

For ATT and Nokia to get together and offer this thin flip phone in the U.S. represents a major step forward in the two working to bring more feature-packed phones to US consumers. It is available today for $200 after rebates.

Nokia N75 - Specs Review Key Features include
- S60 3rd Edition - Triband (WCDMA 850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
- Dimensions - 95mm x 52mm x 20.2mm - Weight: 123.5g

The N75 is somewhat smaller and lighter than the N70 (95,9mm x 53mm x 21.8mm, 126g). And compared to RAZR (98 x 53 x 14 mm). Anyway, remember that the N75 is a smartphone with a lot of features that makes it thicker.

- Main screen is 2.4 inch (240 x 320 pixels) with up to 16 million colors

- Cover screen is 1.36 inches (160 x 128) with up to 262k colors

- 40 MB of internal memory with hotswap microSD support

- Bluetooth profile 2.0

- Infared (irDA)

- Video Capture up to 15 frames per second

- Digital Music Player supporting MP3, M4A, AAC, eAAC+, WMA with playlists

- FM Radio

- Dedicated Music Keys in the cover UI (user interface)

- Stereo Speakers with 3D Audio

- E-mail (SMTP, IMAP4, POP3), MMS, SMS, PIM, call management

- Email Attachements Viewing

- MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint, PDF and ZIP

- 2 megapixel (1600 x 1200 pixels) camera, intergrated flash, dedicated capture key, digital zoom

- On-device photo and video editor

Nokia N75 Camera

The camera has 2 megapixels (1600 x 1200 pixels), integrated flash and a dedicated capture key. The zoom is a digital one (not autofocus, which often is better). The phone has a on-device photo and video editor. Resolution of video is 352 x 288, 176 x 144 and it captures video up to 15 frames per second.

Comparison: The N70 has 2 megapixels and the N70 video is also 352 x 288 pixels and with the same 15 frames per second. Is this the same camera? If it´s the same camera quality is good.

Contents in sales package include:
- Nokia Stereo Headset HS-28

- Nokia Audio Adapter AD-41

- Nokia BL-5BT Battery

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Mobilcast 5.1 "Hi-fi Sound Quality" upgrade is now available at AT&T and 3 UK

A few weeks ago we announced the release of Mobilcast 5.1 "Hi-fi Sound Quality" in our free beta release. This week we are making the new Mobilcast 5.1 "Hi-fi" available at AT&T (Cingular) and at 3 UK.

The upgrade is a major one as it dramatically improves the audio volume and quality of the audio experience. Mobilcast now supports AAC+ at 24k. This is a huge improvement over our Mobilcast 4.2 support for AMR at about 12K bit rate.

Existing Mobilcast users on 3 UK will be getting a software update notification when they launch the older 4.2 version to download and upgrade to 5.1.

Existing Mobilcast users on the AT&T (Cingular) network can download the upgrade by clicking on the “Options” function key in the application and request an over the air upgrade. All new user sign-ups and downloads will get the new Mobilcast 5.1.

The new Mobilcast 5.1 Hi-fi service at AT&T is compatible with phones that support AAC+ and includes Motorola Razr V3, Nokia E62, Nokia 6682, LG CU500 and the list will soon include the Samsung BlackJack.

Here is a video demo of Mobilcast 5.1 "Hi-fi":

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mobilcast User Survey - Mobile Phone Podcast Listening

I am always interested in speaking with current and past Mobilcast software users. You are a great resource for us to better understand how our software matches with your Mobilcast expectations.

I know that when you download and install Mobilcast that you have expectations about how the software will function, available content and the UI that it has.

Please take a look at this online user survey that we have pulled together that will give us some important info about your use of Mobilcast and what you think of it.

The survey is only 10 questions long and should only take about 5 minutes to complete.

This survey will be on-going and will not be taken down, so you can pass this link around to others that you know have given Mobilcast a try or are currently using Mobilcast.

Click here to take the survey

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Melodeo Mobilcast is a Red Herring Spring 2007 Top 100 Winner

It has been formally announced that Melodeo has been included in the new Red Herring Spring 2007 Top 100 technology company list. The award is being given to us today down in Monterey, California at the Red Herring Spring event that is going from May 1st thru the 3rd.

Congratulations to the team here for all the hard work with Mobilcast and some new very cool mobile products we have coming that are yet unseen.

Looking at the list it appears that Melodeo is the only mobile podcasting related or in our case Mobilecasting company on the list. I don't see any other podcasting related company. Very interesting. Why do you think that is? It could be because we are getting Mobilcast deployments with wireless operators all over the world right now.

Update 5/4/2007: Bill Valenti, VP of Melodeo accepting the award

Here is the whole list 2007 RED HERRING 100 WINNERS:

LifeSize Communications
Agitar Software
Alien Technology
Mascoma Corp.
Altierre Corporation
MediNotes Corporation
Melodeo (Mobilcast)
Attenex Corporation
Meru Networks
Attensity Corporation
Millennial Media
Azaire Networks
Big Fish Games
Move Networks
BLADE Network Technologies
NorthStar Systems International
Cedar Point Communications

Oxy Systems
Pactolus Communications Software
Codon Devices
Pandora Media Inc.
ConSentry Networks
Pervasis Therapeutics
Plateau Systems
Dash Navigation
Purkinje Inc.
QlikTech International AB
Rearden Commerce
Enclarity Inc.
Reef Point Systems
Revision3 Corporation
EQO Communications
Right Media
Eyeball Networks Inc.
Financial Engines
Scalent Systems
Firefly Mobile
Silver Peak Systems
Goodmail Systems
GreatPoint Energy
Skytide Inc.
Smart Imaging Technologies
Ice Energy
Sylvan Source
Imperva Inc.
Tesla Motors
Interactive Supercomputing
WebTrends Inc
Widevine Technologies