We've already established that I'm a musical Luddite, still wedded to the ancient and dying CD format for my tunes. So, I'm highly encouraged (and a bit surprised, given the trash talk) to read that someone has put out a call for someone to create a podcasting application that I would embrace with enthusiasm.
Want to be famous and actually make some money too? Then create this-
An application, online or local, that allows a user to subscribe to podcasts and organize their subscription lists.
Allow them to listen to the podcasts online or to download them into an iPod.
Here comes the new and important part...
Create an easy to implement way to have selected podcasts automatically burned to a CD-R every week or so, with each podcast to be a separate track. After it is set up, the application would simply prompt the user to insert a CD-R every so often, at which time it would burn that week's podcasts onto a CD-R that could be listened to in the car.
The application would also create a text document with the track numbers, names, dates and descriptions of the podcasts. That document could be printed and used as a listening reference. Label maker developers could write plug-ins that would allow the automatic printing of jewel case labels or, even better, templates for applications, like my Primera printer, that print on the CD-R itself.
Have the podcast name and date burned on the CD-R as CD Text.
Most car stereos can play MP3's now, so that would be the default setting- for more capacity. But there would also be an option to burn the CD-R in CDA format so older car stereos could also play it. CD-R's are almost free these days, so cost is not a factor.
Plus, the CD-R's would allow the user to create an archive of podcasts and to share good ones with friends.
People would happily pay for this product. And if you wanted to be true to the Web 2.0 mantra and get some of the allegedly infinite ad revenue, you could place ads on the application pages, if it's an online application, or on the CD-R between the podcasts themselves. Perhaps there would be a cheaper version of the application that has brief ads between the podcasts and a full-priced version that doesn't.
The time I spend in my car is time I can't spend doing other stuff. It's perfect for this kind of multitasking. That would be worth some money to me. I do still intend to get an iPod, but it occurs to me lately that the main reason I haven't felt so motivated to do it is that I'd need to hook it into my car stereo to make it truly useful to me. I don't need it enough to change the way I go about my daily business.
Now, I realize that the auto-burn-to-CD approach, which Dwight calls a "burncaster", is a stopgap. Some day this sort of thing will be built directly into one's car. That capability will almost surely depend on technology or infrastructure that doesn't exist yet and may be quite a ways off. What's being proposed here could be available in a matter of months and would likely make a decent amount of money prior to (and continuing for awhile after) its obsolesence. So have at it, someone! I'm waiting to buy your product.Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 17, 2006 to Music | TrackBack