There are few things more frustrating than having someone steal your idea, right? And yet, what if your idea is something so broad and obvious that it’s almost insane for you to have even claimed to be the sole originator of the idea?
These are, essentially, the two-sides of the coin in an ongoing patent battle between Personal Audio, Inc. and some of the larger names in podcasting (i.e. Adam Carolla and Marc Maron, among others). Essentially, Personal Audio is claiming to have “invented” podcasting and is suing these popular hosts in an attempt to make some money off their patent.
I don’t want to get into the case’s particulars because I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t want to really analyze the technical aspects of the patent except to say that this is a classic example of patent trolling. (I mean, come on! How do you patten such a vague and obvious idea? I could write more on this, and maybe I will, if there is a general call for it.) The real focus of this post is to bring attention to this issue and to highlight the need for pastors and Church techs to be aware.
It’s no secret that I like Apple products. Maybe that’s is an understatement, but they work for me.
I also love podcasts. I listen to them almost exclusively. I’ve been podcasting, myself, on and off since 2005, so I know a thing or two about the medium.
So what does the guy who “literally wrote the book on church podcasting” think about the iOS Podcast app? This review might seem late since the app came out several months ago, but I think it hasn’t been ready for review until very recently.
When Apple announced the Podcast app, I was hoping that it meant that podcasts would be given a special place in iOS. Hopefully, the app would make it easy for new users to discover podcasts and subscribe for themselves.
I really wanted the app to solve some of the problems that I had using Music app. Before Apple added wireless syncing and iCloud, connecting to iTunes from time to time was fine. That ship has sailed now. I don’t want to connect my iPhone to my computer except in the most dire circumstances or for an update.
When iOS 5 was announced was how they were going to deal with podcasts. Apple’s answer is the podcast app.
The youth ministry world is embracing the world of podcasting. For some, these podcasts have become their own source of community as they try to do youth ministry in a Church that does not value them. For others, this is there primary source of education and learning about the latest and greatest technology and ideas for self. Here are four great podcasts to listen to during the week, for whatever you are looking for.
Pray-As-You-Go is a daily prayer podcast produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, a group of Jesuits in Britain. Pray-As-You-Go combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection in a new, ten-minute prayer session every day.
There’s an episode for each weekday and a single weekend podcast which brings together the thoughts of the previous week.
[Editor's Note: This is part 4 of a 4 part series: Podcasting Sermons]
If you want to ‘podcast’ the sermons (rather than just having them on the website) you need a ‘feed’. This is the magic part of a podcast because the feed allows people to subscribe to the sermons, so new sermons come to them, rather than them having to visit the site every week. Continue Reading…
[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a 4 part series: Podcasting Sermons]
With the sermons all nicely edited, it’s time to upload to a hosting server somewhere and get them on a website! Continue Reading…
[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a 4 part series: Podcasting Sermons]
This is the second is a four part series on how to podcast sermons. In the first part we looked at recording sermons. Now, it’s onto the editing!
[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a 4 part series: Podcasting Sermons]
Many Churches are putting their sermons online, but if you’re not a geek or very techy minded, it can be a scary thing!
In this four part series, I’ll be explaining the whole process. From the recording of the sermons, editing sermons and ‘MP3-ing’ them, putting sermons online, and then making them available to the whole world on a website and as a podcast through a feed at the iTunes store!
So, let’s start at the beginning, recording sermons. Continue Reading…
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Hot off the press…. we have a fresh episode of “The 8BIT Podcast“: where we fill you in on all the latest team news, more sarcasm than you can handle, and sweet interviews with businesses that are “getting it done.”
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