Just a few more thoughts on my earlier post as regards to podcasts.
Firstly, Jeremiah Owyang posted back discussing how he believes podcasts give greater control than other mediums because you can pause, fast forward, rewind. I do wish I had that much control Jeremiah. Firstly, you have to download the entire podcast till you can fast forward and I find the slider next to useless. I don’t know where I’m going and you just end up going back and forth. It’s like having to fast forward and rewind video recorders in the old days.
Via Jeremiah I found this post defending the merits of podcasting from Mario Sundar but still he suggests that podcasts should not be longer than 5 minutes.
Colin commented on my original post that: “If everything was consistently broken up into chunks so that you could fast forward meaningfully to skip a section that could work”.
Surely, OPML could be used for this. Paul Montgomery has put a few ideas up on a project he’s proposing called Table vs Jetski. He wants to use OPML to describe an outline of a slideshow-style podcast/videocast. I really like the idea but also think the same approach could be used plain and simply to break down a podcast into bite-sized RSS chunks. If could then evolve into also performing the types of things Paul has talked about.
I think this would be an enormous step forward for x-casting. It would mean I could subscribe to only certain segments in a show, as well. And it wouldn’t be too difficult to create a tool where you can insert breaks into a longer podcast because as Scoble pointed out in another comment on my original post – in the end, a lot of podcasts are produced in a hurry. It would act as a cheap, form of editing.
Then Jeremiah, I would have some control. I could flip between the various segments. Can anyway imagine watching DVDs without having chapter control. Why do we expect podcast users to take a step back in control to what they’re already used to?
In the meantime, it would be really nice if you produce an hour long podcast to break down the bits in text: ie 0:10 Introduction 2:23 Discussion about digg so that I can at least put that slider to some good!