Official: Podshow coming to the UK

Next week Richard Brewer-Hay, PodShow’s Senior Director of Talent Relations, is coming to the UK for some meetings in London and is clearing up his calendar on Wednesday, August 2 to meet with talented individuals such as yourselves for possible PodShow programming consideration. This is a terrific opportunity to get some real exposure on the premier online social media network.

Yes, I’m going and yes, I’ve filled out the little questionnaire that accompanied this post on Britcaster. However evil you think Podshow might be, there’s no denying that at the moment they’ve definitely got the most potential of any company to bring Podcasting to the forefront and enable it to graduate from being something limited to us geeks.

I’ve had varying degrees of thought of what Podshow is all about for many months now. The Podsafe Music Network is attracting a lot of quality artists, some bigger than the independents that music podcasters like myself play week in, week out and having a company with someone like Adam Curry in a high position will always attract attention, good or bad ;)

So before any of you accuse me of selling out/selling my soul to the devil/sleeping with the enemy/all three in some kind of deranged Tarrantino-esque orgy think about what I’m trying to achieve;

  1. To bring the independent music I play to thousands, not hundreds of listeners every week.
  2. Raise the overall awareness of people who go to see said independent bands at gigs, by introducing them to podcast i.e PodFest.
  3. Make a bit of money along the way.

If PodShow (or any company, come to think of it) can allow me to do that, what’s the harm in talking to them?

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1 Response to “Official: PodShow are coming to the UK”

  1. 1 Aug 3rd, 2006 at 5:43 pm


    I support anything you do. You do a great show.

    The only thing I would suggest is think about the people that PodShow has signed. Did they gain numbers all of the sudden? The only people that have the thousands of numbers are those that got the audience on their own. Being a part of PodShow didn’t have a lot to do with it. Not saying it won’t in the future, if they blew up, but so far they have been about as effective as any other “network” out there at the moment.

    The most popular podcast/vidcasts (Rocketboom, Ze Frank, KATG, TWIT etc…) are not with PodShow and want nothing to do with them due to there “business” pracitices.

    Rumors fly around that C.C. ’s not too happy (I can’t say this is true). We know what Mark thinks.

    Try to think of the long run, what you want etc etc…and you’ll make the right decision.

    The right decision being whatever is best for Bitjobs.

    No matter what you choose you have a fan here.

    Best wishes for the future.


Podshow+: First Thoughts

Within a few hours of PodShow+ launching, a number of people were screaming bloody murder. It seems initially there had been a mistake made within the coding of the site which meant that any icons pointing to a podcasts’ XML feed went to a Podshow one instead of the original one. By the time I’d realised the ‘unleash’ had happened, everything was fixed so no bloody murder screaming coming from Birmingham tonight!

I’ve decided to do a little test of the PodShow PDN and move BFM over there for a while. There are a few reasons for this, which should be quite apparent if you’ve been keeping up with my various host problems recently. The main reason is to see what all the fuss is about, however. Adam Curry has been talking about the PDN et al for well over a year, so as a prominent British podcaster, I’m eager to take a butchers.

First thoughts then? Slick, easy to use, does what it says on the tin. I had a few problems getting the items in my feedburner feed to move over, but that was easily sorted with me entering the original WordPress feed from the bitjobs website. The only problem I can see so far is replacing the duplicate show that’s been residing in the podcast alley directory for a while. Hopefully there will be a way to sort that out soon.

The fact that the PDN takes all of your shows from the feed you input and migrates them over to their servers is pretty good. To move over 3GB of old show manually would take a hell of a long time. You’re also getting the added stability of a network provided by Limelight networks, something that many hosts can’t boast.

It’s been touted as the MySpace for podcasting, which, if it works out like that will be a breath of fresh air to the community; whatever you think of Adam Curry and co. ;)

So, for now at least, I’m happy with what the code monkies have been doing in San Fransisco. I bet you a tenner that a lot of other podcasters will love picking faults with it though…

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1 Response to “PodShow+: First Thoughts”

  1. 1 neil Jul 9th, 2006 at 11:25 am

    There seems to be some confusion between various elements of the site’s capabilities and offering – you have to get digging in order to get what you want from it and requiring that from launch is unfortunate. It can get confusing.

    But it’s still beta and I suspect in coming weeks I’ll get a very much more detailed picture of the whole thing, and perhaps get one or two things done more sensibly.

    Monitoring feedbak across the web – discounting the mess-up on day one with the RSS feeds being ‘hijacked’ and originator copyright information not being passed through – the overwhelming response is positive and that’s encouraging for a company that has taken so much abuse over the past year. I think Podshow will mature into a very strong product.