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Greetings beautiful developers,
I would pay big money ($$$) for any of you to develop an RSS aggregator based on the popular open source tool, iPodder. Of course, it would have to be one that works with a flash iRiver device. Ideally, the aggregator would work with both iRiver and other MP3-playing devices, but personally I (and soon, many others) would be completely satisfied with simple iRiver compatibility.
The reason? Podcasting. This new form of digital audio delivery is taking off in a big way, as every day more and more people begin using RSS aggregators which have support for MP3 (and other audio) enclosures. These aggregators provide the ability to subscribe to audio content and have it delivered directly to your MP3-playing device. When the device is not plugged in, the content is delivery directly to your iTunes library, your Windows Media Library, your XMMS library, or whichever library you choose. Once you plug in your MP3 device, the content is automatically transferred to the device. That way, you don't have to waste time manually transferring files from your computer to your MP3 device.
This may not sound like much, but believe me, audio afficionados are finding this simple redirection of technology to be changing their lives. Read Robert Scoble of Microsoft's testimonial regarding the technology and its implications:
There's only one small (big) problem. I don't have big money ($$$). In fact, I have no money at all. So I wouldn't be able to compensate anyone financially for developing this application - not yet, anyway. I would be certain to "talk it up", though, through my podcast - which is achieving some, albeit minor, success - via my website, and through the discussion groups I actively participate in. I enjoy sharing information with others, and I've come across quite a few iRiver users I'm certain would greatly appreciate an iPodder-like aggregator that worked with their preferred device.
So how about it, huh? Are we ready to take on the iPod, or are we
going to sit on our haunches and watch Apple have all the fun? Let's
make the iRiver even more useful!
Harold J. Johnson
I once posted, in this space (this right column), the following:
If I had friends they would be listed here
That particular bit o' text, that silly and idiotic phrase, was repeated a dozen or two dozen or so times and was intended to be temporary. I had been working on a project -- a new layout for this blog -- and had intended for that text to be placeholder content. That is, the text was supposed to temporarily replace the content that had previously occupied this column (which was a list of links to friends -- that is, other blogs and web sites I linked to). I didn't know what content I was going to place into that (this) space, so I placed a bunch of duplicate phrases here as a placeholder so that I would remember to fill in this space again later.
At the same time, I thought I was being cute with the heading:
NEW & IMPROVED FRIENDS!
The fact remains: I still don't know what content to put here,
in this column. Links again? Pictures? Video? Audio?
Ads? Oh, hell no! It hasn't come to me yet, but I'm sure it will eventually, and when it does it'll come quick and (as usual) with consequences.