audioBoom Comes to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

audioBoom logoaudioBoom, the spoken-word focused podcast creation and consumption app formerly known as audioBoo, now works with both Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto systems. This will allow audioBoom users to interact with the service using their car’s built-in controls, accessing the app thru a dashboard touch screen or buttons on the car’s steering wheel. This makes audioBoom one of the first podcasting apps to become fully integrated with the modern automobile.

And while audioBoom will obviously be able to browse and playback podcasts that are hosted with the service, it’s unclear as to whether the app’s car integration will also allow it to record new podcasts. This could be extremely useful for mobile podcasters who are already using the service and would like to be able to create new content while being (mostly) hands free.

audioBoom also made podcasting news this week by announcing it had set a new record for new user signups, adding more than 200,000 new users during the month of March. This growth is attributed to audioBoom’s partnership with different content partners, including the BBC and multiple professional sports franchises. In addition, audioBoom recently launched a podcast hosted by celebrity actor/comedian Russell Brand. That show’s success has also brought new users to the audioBoom platform.

My Podcast is at Podcasts.com – Without My Permission

Podcasts.com logoYou might be among the many podcasters who are wondering what Podcasts.com is all about. Maybe you noticed other podcasters asking questions about it online. Or, you could be among the podcasters who received an email from Podcasts.com that asked you to “get started today”.

When I visited their website, I discovered they had posted episodes of my podcast even though they never had permission to do so. Is your podcast there, too? You might want to check on that.

For me, this started when I got an email from Podcasts.com. Immediately, I was skeptical. The email address they sent it to is one I used for a podcast called Halfway Around the World, which is no longer in production. The final episode is titled “This is Goodbye”, and the show notes clearly state that we have decided to end the podcast, forever. It was very obvious that the show is over and done with.

Oddly enough, the email sent to me from Podcasts.com said “Hello Dawnforge Productions”. The Halfway Around the World podcast was one of many podcasts that are part of Dawnforge Productions. It seemed strange to me that the email didn’t specifically mention Halfway Around the World. The only way I knew that was the show they were referring to was by deducing what I’d connected that particular email address to.

I started taking a close look at Podcasts.com to see what this was all about. The email, and the website, both state that Podcasts.com offers 100% free podcast hosting. They also offer unlimited bandwith, unlimited storage space, and unlimited podcasts. Why on earth would they be offering this to what is, in reality, a “dead” podcast?

I was talking to my husband, Shawn, about this. (He is also a contributor here at Podcaster News). He discovered that Podcasts.com had the podcast that he and I do together on their website. Our show was originally called Hyper Nonsense, and it started in 2006. The show changed names a few times (to Gemini Dragon, and No Market Radio) before returning to its original name.

Podcasts.com stole my content

Podcasts.com has our show listed as “GeminiDragon.tv (formerly Hyper Nonsense)”. They stole the image from the Gemini Dragon website and posted it on their website. (Amusingly, the image is a screenshot from World of Warcraft.) Podcasts.com has our most recent episodes and episodes that go back to 2012.

The thing is, neither myself, nor Shawn, ever gave Podcasts.com permission to post our content there. Neither one of us has ever signed up to their website. Podcasts.com grabbed the content anyway. Their website does not link back to our website, either.

Obviously, I was irate. I had to do some digging, but it turns out that Podcasts.com is owned by Emerge Media. At the very bottom of the Podcasts.com website, there is a tiny link that says “Press”. Click it, and you can find an email address for Antonio Bumanglag, the Director of Marketing. (It’s Antonio at emergemedia.com).

I sent them an email and have very clearly stated that I want Podcasts.com to remove all of the content they have taken from our podcast. I pointed out that they never had permission to post our content on their website. It remains to be seen how soon I get a response from anyone at Emerge Media or Podcasts.com.

Is your podcast’s content at Podcasts.com? You might want to check and see.

iHeartMedia Moves Into Podcast Production

iHeartMedia logoiHeartMedia, the megalithic company formerly known as Clear Channel Communications, recently moved from the distribution side of the digital fence to the production side. iHeart has been active in providing various digital streams across a plethora of platforms for years. The company already includes some podcasts in its directory thru a partnership with Spreaker. Now, like so many other established content purveyors, iHeartMedia will begin producing a number of original shows, specifically as podcasts. These shows will be distributed thru all of the usual digital channels and some may even be heard on iHeart’s network of terrestrial radio stations.

Here’s a list of these new podcasts:

  • Skybound Rundown: Focused on indie games, hosted by “indie gamers.”
  • The Vent: An advice show for moms, hosted by actress Jaime Pressly.
  • Heart of the Beat: Musical artists discuss how their songs were made.
  • Get Mic’d: A realty-style talent show where judges find “the next great iHeartMedia DJ.”
  • Who Is Marty Hirsch?: A parody/mockumentary style show that will feature the voices of celebrity musicians “documenting” the life and times of a fictitious media mogul.

There’s no official word yet as to when these new shows will debut or what their typical running times will be. Along with the new podcast announcement, iHeartMedia also announced a partnership with popular instant messaging app Snapchat. But details of just how these two services will interact is still under wraps.

Dave Winer launches Podcatch Website

Podcatch logoLast week. Dave Winer launched a new website called Podcatch. Winer is considered to be one of the “inventors” of podcasting, as he is the one who created the RSS 2.0 specification that gave us the all-important media enclosure tag. Winer explained how Podcatch works on his blog:

It’s a quick way to find a great podcast to listen to, now. Without subscribing.

The list of feeds is curated, it originated from the feeds my Facebook friends liked the most. In that I think it’s a prototype for how social networks can be used to create new flows that aren’t complicated or hard to use or appreciate.

Winer then detailed how Podcatch is built on open source software, including a list of the tools/services he used to create the site.

The Podcatch site itself is a no-frills affair that pulls in specific episodes from different podcast feeds, including truncated descriptions, inline media players, download links, podcast website and source RSS feed links. Clicking the comment bubbles under each post will allow you to share Podcatch posts to your Facebook timeline.

Winer explained further in another blog post why he wanted to build Podcatch. The TL;DR version is that he wanted an easier way to find new podcasts to listen to. He turned to his Facebook friends to provide suggestions, and Podcatch aggregates those suggestions. It’s an intriguing idea and I’m sure a lot of people would love to create their own Podcatch feeds. Right now, there doesn’t seem to be any way to do that. No word as to whether or not Winer will open the technology up for others to use.

Until then, you can peruse Podcatch and see if anything appeals to you.

Women in Podcasting: Interview With Kim Trumbo

Kim Trumbo Generosity Philosophy podcast Podcaster NewsKim Trumbo is the host of the Generosity Philosophy podcast. The podcast focuses on highlighting heroes who live to give. The show features stories of generosity that can inspire people to get involved, help others, and be generous.

When did you start podcasting? What’s your experience in podcasting from then to now?

I started my podcast, Generosity Philosophy, in November 2013. In the past year and a half I have done my best to be consistent about putting out an episode each week. When I started I had no past broadcasting experience, so have learned so much over time. I feel having a show with great content is wonderful, but the audio needs to sound good as well. As a newbie podcaster I joined a mastermind group to get advice about getting the right equipment so my audio quality would sound great. Instead of recording into software I record from my Schure SM58 microphone into my mixer and then the audio file is saved to my Zoom H4N digital recorder. This set up has never failed me.

What inspired you to become a podcaster?

As I listened to many podcasts in 2013 I thought it would be fun to be a podcaster. I had no clue what I would podcast about though. Once I came up with the idea to interview nonprofits, charities, or anyone else who is making a positive impact in the world, I knew the show would inspire people and I just had to launch it. There was no going back. I felt I found my purpose in life.

How did you come up with the idea for the Generosity Philosophy podcast? What kinds of topics have you covered?

My family would often talk about our desires to volunteer more, and be more philanthropic, but weren’t sure who to contact to help. I was listening one day (while mowing my yard) to Michael O’Neal who was interviewing John Lee Dumas on The Solopreneur Hour and they were talking about how Podcasters seem to always be willing to help one another. I heard those words “help one another” and realized there are generous people and organizations I could talk to and turn into a show! I figured if I interview people who help one another and who make this world a better place, then our family would know who we could help out. If our family would be inspired to give by listening to these stories then I thought and hoped other people would be inspired to be generous as well. I’ve interviewed younger kids, teenagers, small nonprofits, and large organizations who have made appearances on Oprah and Ellen! It’s been a blast. I love each and every story. Some help the homeless, others help animals, and those are just a couple of examples. I do my best to find unique stories to inspire the listeners.

What words of wisdom do you have for women who are thinking about starting their own podcast?

You CAN do it. Even if it seems challenging and overwhelming, you can accomplish this. Make a list and take it one small task at a time. Before you know it you will have a show you’re proud of!

Women in Podcasting: Interview With Tawny Fineran

Tawny Fineran Podcaster NewsTawny Fineran is a host of the Mommy’s Cocktail Hour podcast and a co-host of the Podcasters Group Therapy podcast. You can also find her on the Vampire Diaries Podcast.

When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting in 2008 with my husband, Corey. We discovered podcasts and were interested in creating a show that was based on something that we were both passionate about at the time, local independent music. Since our family was growing at the same time, we released only 36 shows over the course of a few years. Although we weren’t too consistent with our new hobby, this show was definitely my stepping stone into podcasting.

What’s your experience in podcasting from then to now?

In 2011, I began my second podcast, Mommy’s Cocktail Hour, with my sister-in-law Krissi and two close friends Beth and Lindsay. Once we started this podcast we couldn’t stop; it proved to be great therapy for us new moms. I feel the same way about podcasting in general. Once I started podcasting I wanted to podcast on everything I was interested in. I’ve co-hosted several TV show podcasts in the past and currently host Vampire Diaries Podcast (total guilty pleasure – no shame!). I’ve also contributed voice over work to The Quantum Leap Podcast and their audio drama Quantum Leap: The Impossible Dream, both produced by Barren Space Productions. My most recent podcasting venture is co-hosting Podcaster’s Group Therapy alongside my husband Corey and Nick Seuberling. This show isn’t just another how-to podcast, it stems from our real life google+ community and we discuss our experiences and ideas on various podcasting topics.

What inspired you to become a podcaster?

Deep down I’ve always wanted to entertain; podcasting seemed like a safe outlet to do this from the comfort of my own home. What inspires me to continue podcasting is the power it has to create a community, have engaging conversations, strengthen relationships and meet new people.

What topics do you cover on Mommy’s Cocktail Hour?

Mommy’s Cocktail Hour is a very honest look into the host’s lives as mothers. Since these conversations happen over cocktails, it gets real and may get explicit from time to time but mostly in a good way. We share our triumphs, struggles, seek advice from one another and our fabulous listeners frequently chime in too. We cover a wide range of parenting topics since our kids range in age now from 3 -13 years old. We’ve talked about the public meltdowns, potty training, tips for traveling with kids, diversity, handling loss, and issues raising a pre-teen, just to name a few.

What’s the story behind how this podcast got started?

At the time I was a new mom of two toddlers 14 ½ months apart so hanging out with friends for a “Girls’ Night Out” was seldom to say the least. The idea of setting aside one night a week to hang out with my other mommy friends to hash out our mommy issues over cocktails sounded like a dream come true. My co-hosts agreed and eagerly signed up for podcasting and cocktails!

What words of wisdom do you have for other women who are thinking about starting their own podcast?

1.) Do it! 2.) Be yourself 3.) Your podcast = your passion

List of 2015 Podcast Awards Winners

Podcast Awards logoThis year the Podcast Awards celebrated its 10th anniversary. It looked to be a big year for the awards, presented during New Media Expo (NMX). First, NMX was co-located with the National Association of Broadcasters convention, providing an opportunity for the awards to get some exposure outside of the podcasting space. Second, the event was cohosted by Chris Jericho and Emily Morse, two people who have dedicated followings in and outside of podcasting.

Congratulations to all of the podcasters who took home a trophy at this year’s awards ceremony! Here’s the list:

Peoples Choice: Rob Has A Podcast

Best Produced: Radiolab

Best Video Podcast: Night Attack

Business: Freakonomics

Comedy: The Morning Stream

Cultural/Arts: This American Life

Education: Hard Core History

Entertainment: Rob Has A Podcast

Food and Drink: The Alton Browncast

Gaming: The Instance

General: Internet Box

GLBT: Psychobabble tied with Throwing Shade

Health/Fitness: The Dr. Drew Podcast

Mature: Night Attack

Movies/Films: Film Sack

PodSafe Music: Coverville

Politics/News: Majority Report

Religion Inspiration: The Scathing Atheist

Science: The Skeptics Guide to the Universe

Sports: ESPN Fantasy Focus Football

Technology: Daily Tech News Show

Travel: WDW Radio

Tip of the hat to Podcast Place for posting the full list of awards winners.

Women in Podcasting: Interview with Lady Emma – PCN Show 16

Lady Emma WoW Podcaster NewsIn this episode of Podcaster News, I bring you more news about women in podcasting. This episode features Lady Emma who one of the hosts of the All Things Azeroth podcast. The show is about news and opinions about things happening in the World of Warcraft video game.

Links mentioned in this episode:
All Things Azeroth
@Lady_Emma

Blubrry Announces new One-Click Solution for Android Devices

Blubrry LogoThe one-click method for podcast subscriptions has been supported by Apple ever since the company added podcasting to iTunes. That one-click convenience then carried over to iOS and the Podcasts app. And while this has been great for users of these Apple applications, Android users haven’t been so lucky. That is, until now.

Today, podcast hosting and services provider Blubrry released its new one-click subscription solution for Android devices. From the Blubrry blog:

…Android Listeners will be able to One Click subscribe to podcasts. One of two actions will occur when you implement One Click on your website.

1. If the listener has a one click supported app on their mobile phone the App will automatically load and the listener will subscribe.
2. If they do not have an app they will be sent to your personalized SubscribeOnAndroid.com page. Your show info and Album art will be displayed and below that will be list of One Click enabled applications of which the listener can install and start enjoying your show.
3. Get your embed code for your site by putting your podcast feed URL in the feed submission box on SubscribeOnAndroid.com website.

Existing users of Blubrry’s popular PowerPress plugin for WordPress will be able to easily implement the one-click subscription option for Android by activating the PowerPress sidebar subscription widget. Podcasters using other platforms will easily be able to add one-click codes to their websites with a simple copy/paste from the Subscribe on Android website. Blubrry also partnered with the developer of Android podcasting app Podcast Addict to ensure the new one-click subscription option would work smoothly upon launch.

Visit Blubrry’s dedicated Subscribe on Android website (linked above) to learn more about how you can add this new feature to your own website.

Disclosure: Blubrry CEO Todd Cochrane is Executive Editor of Podcaster News and I work part-time with the Blubrry support team.