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iTunes 4.9 Podcasting

Apple announced a new line of iPods this morning: the iPod Color. The new generation of the iPods replaces the iPod Photo and brings a color screen to the black U2 edition of the iPod. The new iPods are available in 20GB and 60GB models and feature the same 15 hours of battery life that the old iPod Photos featured. Apple also dropped the price of their 1GB iPod Shuffle to $129, and dropped the new iTunes (4.9) for OS X on the masses. We are very interested in the podcasting capabilities of the new version of iTunes and will be checking it out shortly. Hopefully Apple will have pulled off the right blend of usability and customization to meet our demanding podcast needs. One thing I am not feeling is you can’t just add any podcast you would like to subscribe to - it has to be one Apple has in their catalog. Lame.

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Gallery: Apple Busts Out New iPod + iTunes 4.9


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iBodErotic Podcast Market?  Apparently so.  The analysts have spoken — podcasting is hot, and the market is jumping for more podcasts.  Especially, they seem to imply, “erotic” podcasts.  Frank Barnako of Marketwatch writes:

While 40% of the Internet-delivered audio shows focus on music, science, technology and comedy, the most popular category for users is erotica, according to Alex Nesbitt, president of Bella Ventures Inc. ‘The supply is not yet meeting market demands,’ he wrote in a just-released analysis titled, ‘The Podcast Value Chain Report.’”

In other words, we’re not sure what category is the most under-served. He also predicts that in the “near future” the market for podcasting tools and accessories will top $400 million.  What with the hot trend towards podcasting and the already-booming Internet pr0n business sector, of course “adult” podcasts are popular.  However, I wouldn’t put my chips on Erotic Podcasting as a sure bet, despite this apparent “popularity.” 

Think of all the hand-wringing there’ll be when there’s “too much Porn on the Pods!”

Read More |  MacDailyNews

Gallery: Analysts say “Erotic” Podcast Market is Underserved?


Razer Cameron Taylor

Razer is in the business of creating highly functional, stylized, and versatile PC gaming peripherals. At eFocus, they were showing off quite a few things, but their Diamondback Plasma 1600 dpi gaming mouse caught our eye. We talked with Cameron Taylor about Razer’s product line, as well as where they are headed in the future. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed.

Voices: Andru Edwards, Cameron Taylor - Director of Sales, Razer
Length: 3:26, 3.2 MB

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Gallery: Gear Live Podcast: Razer’s Cameron Taylor, Director of Sales


Macrovision Robert Ellison InterviewMacrovision is in the business of helping content creators keep their works safe from being pirated, providing enterprise level DRM solutions. They recently did a survey on video game piracy, and found that up to 40% of gamers have pirated a game at least once. They have a few very interesting ideas going forward to protect content, such as inserting what are essentially little bugs into games that will self-recognize they have been pirated, changing the game mechanic altogether. We chat with Robert about this and more. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed.

Voices: Andru Edwards, Jesse Easley, Robert Ellison - Macrovision Director of Product Management
Length: 9:24, 8.6 MB

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Gallery: Gear Live Podcast: Macrovision’s Robert Ellison, Director of Product Management


Box.net PodcastOnline storage has increased, decreased, then increased again in popularity over the years. When Google dropped Gmail on us, hacks appeared that allowed one to use the free gig of storage for more than just email. Aaron Levie noticed a need for a good online storage medium, and the result is Box.net. Gear Live tested the service out a while ago, and came away impressed. Box.net is much more than just storage space for your files. We got a chance to chat with Aaron about how Box.net came about, its current features, and where it is headed in the future. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed.

Voices: Aaron Levie, Edwin Soto
Length: 20:04, 18.8 MB

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Gallery: Gear Live Podcast: Interview With Aaron Levie, Box.net Founder


iPodderX 3.0

MacMerc has reviewed the popular webcast client iPodder X to give us insight as to whether we should fork over $24.95 to purchase.  What do you get for your money? Besides the client itself you’re registered to win an iPod shuffle or iPod photo. Those of you that already own version 2.0 can get 3.0 for free now. For what it’s worth, the guys at MacMerc really like it.

Read More | MacMerc Review
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Jason Ford Sprint InterviewMobile gaming is growing by leaps and bounds - and I am not talking about the Nintendo DS or Sony PSP. It can’t be argued that the number one personal accessory right now is the cell phone, and just about everyone has one. Jason Ford, the General Manager of Sprint Games and Entertainment, sat down with us to give us a rundown on gaming, the Samsung A800, the LG MM-535, and Sprint’s EV-DO rollout. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed.

Voices: Jason Ford, Andru Edwards, Jesse Easley, Jack Olmsted
Length: 23:45, 10.9 MB

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Gallery: Gear Live Podcast: Interview With Jason Ford, General Manager of Sprint Games


iTunes 4.9 PodcastEarlier at the D: All Things Digital Conference, Steve Jobs made it known that the next version of iTunes will include built-in support for podcasts. To make that a bit clearer - iTunes 4.9 will have an option that will allow you to plug in the RSS feed URL of your favorite podcasts, which it will then use to fetch them out and download them directly to your library. No need for any third party software to do this for you any longer. What’s more, iTunes will provide a directory of podcasts in which producers can submit their work. Finally, Steve is even considering developing a model where content producers could sell their podcasts through iTunes. This is similar to what Google wants to do with video, but on the audio front. We can expect to see this new version of iTunes within the next 60 days.

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Gallery: iTunes 4.9 To Support Podcasts


Wayans Brothers The Dozens

So the Wayans Brothers are here at E3 to promote their new trading card/cell phone game “The Dozens”. It is basically a game where you swap “Your momma” jokes with a friend (or stranger for that matter), and score points based on the originality or hilarity of the diss. We got a few moments to speak with Shawn and Marlon Wayans about The Dozens, but they were more interested in making fun of all the E3 schwag I had on me. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed. Pardon the yelling - E3 is loud.

Voices: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Andru Edwards
Length: 4:15, 2 MB

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Gallery: Gear Live E3 Podcast: Interview With The Wayans Brothers (The Dozens)


Gear Live E3 2005 PodcastYou guys asked for it, and we are happy to deliver. This is our first Podcast here on Gear Live, so feel free to drop us any requests, thoughts, or even complaints. In our initial show, we give our pre-E3 thoughts on Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. If you are into gaming, pull yourself away from OurColony.net and take a listen.

Voices: Andru Edwards, Oscar Cantu, Jesse Easley
Length: 47:41, 21.8 MB

You can listen to, or download, the audio in MP3 format here. You can also subscribe to our Podcast feed by adding this URL to your Podcast client.

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Gallery: Gear Live Podcast: E3 2005 Preview


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