Yahoo Expected to
Unveil Podcast Search Site with RSS Capabilities
October 10th 2005
Yahoo is expected
to join others in the podcast Search business. Podcasts are
streaming audio files on the Web and can be loaded into iPods,
digital music players, or just played over your computer. America
Online and Blinkx already offer podcast searches.
Many radio shows
are stored on the web as a podcast. Listeners can download the
broadcast and load the programming into their music player for
listening at a later time. One of the more popular podcasts is
Leo Laporte, the “tech guy”.
The Yahoo podcast
search will allow users to search podcasts via keywords, categories
or tagging. Tagging is a user generated topic code. PC magazine
reported searchers can listen to or subscribe to RSS (really simple
syndication) feeds for individual shows or episodes of programming
or even the entire series. This is according to Geoff Ralston,
Yahoo chief product officer.
Few people are
aware they are using RSS when browsing their MyYahoo, but RSS is
slowly being adopted as a productive way of generating user defined
information. For instance, may websites breakdown their news feed
(or pod-feeds) into categories, i.e. news, business, science etc.
According to ZDnet,
users who listen to podcasts through the
Search site can increase their playback speed by up to two times
the actual speed without making the speaker sound like a chipmunk.
Ralston also told
reporters that Yahoo will eventually offer users the ability to
create their own podcasts. Think about it, you can have your own
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