Microsoft employees squeamish about 'podcast' term, try us...


ham_man

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I am not too comfortable with the podcast term, as it is just an MP3 wrapped up in an XML coat - which any MP3 player can play - but couldn't they come up with something more original that "blogcast"? It would probably catch on a bit more if it wasn't a blatant rip off of the podcast term itself...
 

Stella

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They aren't really just blogs, the name BlogCast is misleading.

PodCast is fine.

I can understand why they want a name change, but really, there is no need - rather there is a better name out there...
 

patioman

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Blogcast is too awkward to be catchy, and it doesn't roll off as easily as podcast. Trying to change the format's name is a denial of reality—these caught on because of the iPod—and it makes them look sad.
 

Lacero

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Blogcast sounds like downloadable text as opposed to sound files. You'd need to call it Audio Blogcasting, but that sounds too ghey. Podcasting works for me. I love the term, although as others have mentioned, its neither about the iPod nor is it about broadcasting.
 

michaelrjohnson

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I am also one who understands why they stray away from using the term. Since MSFT employees are discouraged to use any products other than their own. Case in point: I was having a discussion with my cousin with how she was dissatisfied with her Hotmail experience. I gave her a Gmail invite. Her husband is a MSFT employee, and they are to continue supporting MSFT products only. She never accepted the invite, and struggles with Hotmail to this day.

Additionally, I don't necessarily like the term "podcast", especially since Apple has incorporated podcast support into iTunes. To the uninformed customer, it gives Apple some kind of ownership over the concept. Kind of like "The Internet" to IE, and "computer" as a PC running Windows. However, we dont' get to choose the term. These kinds of pop-culture things just happen and there is no committee to approve or disapprove.

In short, we're all stuck with "Podcasting".
 

Qunchuy

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Don't try to change the name; just vary the capitalization. I'm starting to hear sincere claims that "PODcast" never had anything to do with the iPod at all -- it's an acronym for Programming On Demand.

As a retronym, I like it. But I fear that, once again, the masses are going to end up convinced that Microsoft invented the concept...the same way they invented word processing, and the Internet, and the computer mouse.
 

Earendil

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Qunchuy said:
*snip*
As a retronym, I like it. But I fear that, once again, the masses are going to end up convinced that Microsoft invented the concept...the same way they invented word processing, and the Internet, and the computer mouse.
I thought Al Gore invented the Internet? :confused: :confused: :confused:


;)

~Earendil
 

joecool85

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I think that people will start calling it that about the same time they start calling french fries "freedom fries."
 

dornoforpyros

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Darwin said:
Podcasting is fine, after all isn't that what the creators called it? :rolleyes:
agreed, M$ should just swallow their pride and deal with it. Then again they have no problem ignoring the w3c when it comes to web standards.
 

mkrishnan

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They could call it MSCast, and have people pronounce it "miscast." Which would be about right. :rolleyes: :eek: :D

They can call it anything they want, but people are still going to call it Podcasting. Like Xerox and Kleenex and everything else. I tell people who aren't techies that I have TiVo just because they know what I mean more quickly than if I say ReplayTV and go back and explain....
 

nagromme

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"Podcast" is simply a pun. It rhymes with "broadcast" (which IS relevant, since it's an alternative way to "broadcast" your content, regardless of the technicalities). It plays off the name of the most-used portable device. Sorry, it's here to stay. And Apple didn't ask for it, they just made a great audio platform that caught on.

"Blogcast" is the sound Gollum's cousin makes in his throat.
 

Eniregnat

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In your head.
I don’t have a problem with the term ‘pod casting”. It’s kind of ubitiquious, and it is a good term for a new service (yes I know that it existed before the branding, but this is the term that has stuck).

Stupid terms are like when people spell fishing, with a PH, to denote that it isn’t fishing, but phishing, because it is done via email. There is no reason to do this because the bate is electronic and the people are actually fishing for information, it isn’t like it’s something new or different. I don’t know why we have to misspell everything that’s new and different. Modern computers are nothing like the computers of a decade ago. I mean if we are really going to do it right we should call is ghoteing, because it really gets my ghote (goat) and is also fishing.
 

ClarkeB

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You've got blogcast all over your face!




M$ is squeamish with everything involving apple. They love refering to AAC as "Advanced Audio Codec" vs. "Apple Audio Codec". I like refering to WMA as "Wipe My Ass" vs. "Windows blah blah blah ***** audio quality etc."
 

Eniregnat

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In your head.
Except wasn't that also because of the Sun lawsuite(s). I mean come on, creating a competitive cross platform language that is virtualy the same (including name) and then giving away the development tools. Bugger all. I know that there are diffrences like compileing and class asignment, the purpose of JavaScript was to get rid of Sun's rather robust language.
 

Nermal

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ClarkeB said:
M$ is squeamish with everything involving apple. They love refering to AAC as "Advanced Audio Codec" vs. "Apple Audio Codec".
Probably because it's not Apple Audio Codec. It's made by Dolby, for starters.