Well, I can’t say I ever expected to hear a Don Ho cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Shock the Monkey”, but there you have it. Thanks to Brian Ibbott and Coverville. Don’t miss the video. The Derby tune was pretty fantastic too.

I’m getting spammed in Vietnamese. As in, hundreds and hundreds of messages over the course of a few days. What’s up with that? Okay, maybe it wasn’t spam after all, I’m not sure. Somehow I got added to a Vietnamese-language Yahoo! group. I’ve now left the group.

Next moves for iPodder Lemon

Harold Gilchrist asks what the iPodder Lemon team’s next move will be. I answer in a podcast. The podcast feed, not updated super-often, is here. What follows below are the show notes for the podcast.
Preamble: Boston Street Performers Festival.
Immediately

  Push out release 2.1, which will include at least:
  Sync subscriptions to remote OPML
  Genre overriding
  Auto-cleanup
  Translated to 14 or 15 languages
  One-click subscription
  Deploy Level 2 at the store.
  Erik presumably will continue to build out PodNova

But Harold’s really asking in the context of the Apple announcement.
Check out the comments on Harold’s post, including team member Garth Kidd’s post.
The good news is we’re not a company. If we were, we’d be a money-hemorrhaging company with a GPL’ed product. Or what in the late 90s they used to call a “success” 🙂
Bottom line: since can’t sell to AOL for $100million we may as well have fun and look for new ways to provide value.

  Better support for non-Apple platforms, which are lagging behind somewhat. Examples: Winamp, Yahoo! Music Engine, Windows Media Player, XSPF, Linux tools such as XMMS.
  Brandable, redistributable versions of the software.
  More and better integration with third party services such as GigaDial and PodNova. If you have one too, let us know.

Bonus Music: The West Exit

NY Times: “The rise of podcasting is now enabling museumgoers not simply to enjoy audio guides on a sleeker-looking device but also to concoct their own guides and tours.” What a perfect use of the technology.

Tonight, acommpanying a $10 donation for iPodder, came this comment: “Can’t live without you guys”. Priceless.

I had a delicious meal tonight at Redbones with an old acquaintance from MIT and his business partner. It was so completely and totally refreshing. These guys are smart, they’ve done their research, they get it. I expect them to thoroughly rock our world. The coolest part is that podcasting is incredibly fertile ground. There is so much work to do. You don’t have to copy what the other guy is doing — there’s plenty of space for motivated, competitive people to do big things.