March 8, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NASA Show Top Podcast in February
(Podcasting News, Des Moines, IA) - Science@NASA was the most popular podcast in February 2005, according to Podcasting News, a leading source of information about the podcasting community. The podcast discusses everything from the weather on Saturn to going to the bathroom in space. The NASA podcast led What's on Tonight?, a look at the future of media, and the Firesign Theatre Podcast, a comedy show, to get the top spot.
Podcasting News ranks the popularity of podcasts based on the activity of visitors using the site's directory of podcasts. The Podcasting News Podcast Directory is a user-edited collection of the best podcasts available. Visitors can preview podcasts within their web browser, and then add the podcasts that they like to a podcast client.
Top 10 Podcasts for February
About the Podcasting News Top 10
"The Podcasting News Top 10 is based on the number of requests each podcast in our directory receives, rather than votes or other mechanism," said Podcasting News' Elle Webb. "As a result, it is a good measure of the interest in various podcasts."
"The Top 10 is designed to reflect real listener activity, rather than votes or rankings," adds Webb. "Podcasters should focus on creating great podcasts, rather than worry about winning a popularity contest."
Webb offered a few suggestions for podcasters wanting to improve their ranking:
Podcasting is a technology for automatically distributing audio programs, typically in MP3 format, to portable digital audio players. Podcasts are rapidly becoming an important source of audio content on the web.
Podcasters create audio programs (podcasts) and save them to a web server. They also publish an XML-based news feed that lists their most recent shows. Listeners can use podcast client software to subscribe to the podcast news feed, and the software will automatically download the latest shows and synchronizes them to a portable digital audio player. Listeners can then enjoy their personal mix of music, talk and other audio programming on their own timetable.
Podcasting was pioneered by developer Dave Winer and net entrepeneur Adam Curry. The technology has taken off as companies and individuals have found out how easy it is to share audio content using podcasting.
About Podcasting News
Podcasting News is the leading source of news and information for the podcasting community. It features news about podcasting gear, software, events and other information of interest to podcasters and podcast fans. The Podcasting News Podcast Directory is the largest user-edited podcast directory, and features hundreds of the best podcasts. Podcasting News also publishes interviews with people involved in podcasting and articles covering issues raised by podcasting.
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