Pointer - Olympus DS-50 Recorder

The new Olympus DS-50 ($249) looks like a good potential audio recording tool both for quick podcast segment recordings and for doing mobile interviews. 

It comes with a clip-on stereo microphone and 1-GB of storage, but only seems to only store files in Windows Media Audio (WMA) or MP3 formats which isn't optimal from an post-production standpoint.  Another potential draw back is no stated support for Apple Mac OS X.

It also seems to have some features for Windows users to listen to media including podcasts and Audible content.


New Podcast Book In The Works - Tee Morris Enlists Talent

Tee Morris (sci-fi author with many podcast books and co-author of Podcasting for Dummies) is assembling voices (including several members of FriendsInTech.com) from all over the world for his latest podiobook production -- Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword (press).

The launch date for  the first installment of the Billibub Baddings podcast is St. Valentine‚Äôs Day, February 14, 2007.

The podcast is free and available on iTunes, Podcast Pickle, Yahoo! Podcasts, Podiobooks, and other podcast directories.


Podcast Growth Analysis

There is a new study (PDF) from the Pew Internet and American Life Project that has some interesting U.S. Internet user stats based on their analysis and survey data with regards to podcasting:

  • 12% have downloaded a podcast for listening
  • 1% download podcasts on a daily basis
  • 15% of the downloading is done by men; 8% by women

This Aug. 2006 survey also tracked ages, income level, technical capabilities, and Internet connectivity; with each area pretty much showing growth since the last survey in Feb-Apr. 2006.

I wonder if the number of daily downloads is low because users of tools like iTunes don't realize that everyday by default, iTunes will do an update?

The good news is that awareness of podcasts continues to grow and listener growth across the medium is increasing.

 

In addition, the coverage of this report has been pretty widespread: PC Advisor, BizReport, smh.au, DigitalPodcast, Playfuls, BBC, SeattlePI, and JordanFalls.

 


OpenSource Audio Editing Tool Audacity Gets New Version

The dedicated and very talented team of open source Audacity developers have announced the release of Audacity 1.3.2 (beta) and Audacity 1.2.5 (official release with new minor bug fixes).

Both versions can be downloaded and installed at the same time on a host of operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. But if you are using these on Windows, they also come bundled with 92 LADSPA plug-ins that work with both Audacity 1.2.x and 1.3.x.


Special Podcast Toolkit Has Limited Time Special Price

The team at Sound Ideas is offering a special Podcast Expo 2006 price for their The Podcasting Production Toolkit that regularly sells for $129 but is only $75 until October 31, 2006:

The Podcasting Toolkit contains 41 music tracks, 189 production elements, and 770 sound effects. Each file produced in 128-kbps MP3 format, ready for immediate use, and named to help you select just the right sound for your podcast.