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The Howard Stern Podcast Problem


Because podcasting is such a new, exciting, cuttingedge phenomena, many people are eager to getconnected, and hence the Howard Stern podcast.Everyone wants to be part of the next big thing, but noteveryone is suited or ready to do so. The Howard SternPodcast was created and shown on iTunes, the Applecompany’s music store. However, the podcast was neverupdated, and the only clip ever provided didn’t eveninclude Howard Stern. This has brought a lot of flackdown on Howard Stern, as well as Sirius Radio, whichbroadcasts Stern. Many of these people would havepreferred to hear Stern when they wanted to, as apodcast, and were disappointed that the feed was notbeing used.

The Howard Stern podcast is probably an example ofsome of the problems that can arise with podcasting. Itsnew, and very hyped, so everyone wants to be a part ofit. However, the podcast is designed to be free. RSSfeeds are designed to easily distribute files, that canthen be redistributed and shared by the users whodownload them. It would be close to impossible for apodcaster to charge for their content. Either thepodcaster would have a small circle of people whoenjoy the feed, and very few who would want to pay forit, or be very popular, as Stern is, and have the problemof paying customers possibly redistributing the contentso others won’t need to pay.

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