Yahoo Designs Podcast Development Tool
Specifics of the upcoming tool are scarce, but a Yahoo manager says
the company is looking to make the whole production process easier,
including posting video.
By Laurie Sullivan, TechWeb News
Nov. 11, 2005
At the first Portable Media Expo & Podcasting Conference 2005 in
Ontario, Calif., Hayashi declined to provide specifics on the
project, but said the challenges podcast publishers face are based on
not understanding the technology behind the publishing tools.
Another difficulty is putting together the RSS feed, and publishing
and hosting the podcast. "People have a personality to create the
audio, but they fall down on understanding the technology from XML to
RSS or iTunes tag," said Hayashi. "Broadly speaking, those are the
Yahoo! jumped into podcasting about a month ago when it launched the
podcast search engine Yahoo Podcasts at podcasts.yahoo.com. The site
is offered as a beta service where people can go to find and download
podcasts from the Web based on keywords. "Finding a podcast was like
going into Blockbuster after an earthquake," Hayashi said. "There is
a playback control for people who want to speed through the content."