Just got an invite for Odeo

June 22, 2005

This morning I was in an audio conference about blogging and PR and podcasting was mentioned briefly as an upcoming medium much like blogging was a few years ago. During the session, I mentioned that Evan (of Blogger fame) had recently left Google to work on Odeo, a podcasting service and lo and behold, when I checked my e-mail later, I found an invite to check it out. Coincidence?

Anyways, I immediately went to sign up and check out what they’ve got going on over there. So far it’s exactly what I was expecting, kind of like a directory + bloglines for podcasts. However, the most intriguing part was the “Create” button. It claims that they are creating something called “Odeo Studio” which will be a browser-based tool to help you create podcasts. Browser-based?! This could be hot! Talk about lowering the barrier to entry…

Unfortunately, they haven’t released it yet so if anyone from the Odeo team is reading this (Evan? Noah?), give me early access please! I want to check it out!

Oh, also, they named their podcast downloader “OdeoSyncr” – an obvious reference to Flickr. Nice 🙂

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No Responses Yet to “Just got an invite for Odeo”

  1. Jason Says:

    I too received an invite. I had signed up for one a while ago and they finally started doling them out. It’s a very promising service.

  2. jared Says:

    Same here.. I’ve got it yesterday too.. Nice UI and features looks very promising…

  3. Dossy Says:

    […] the most intriguing part was the “Create” button. It claims that they are creating something called “Odeo Studio” which will be a browser-based tool to help you create podcasts. Browser-based?! This could be hot!

    Uh, you mean they’re going to create a DHTML page with AJAX that has some form input fields and spits out RSS with enclosures for people to cut-and-paste into a file then upload to their server? Yes, I’ve been thinking about creating such a page but the folks at Red Square have already created Podifier which fills this niche, although it’s not browser-based — it’s a Win32 app.

    I’ve been thinking about podcasting, and making it more accessible by lowering the barrier to entry lately, too. New product idea:

    1. Instruct podcaster to upload digital media to Ourmedia.

    1. DHTML page with form inputs to gather metadata about podcast.

    3. Publish podcast feed with URL pointing at the asset now hosted by Ourmedia/Internet Archive.

    Result? Free podcasting — at least, free to the podcaster. Ourmedia picks up the bandwidth tab, and podcasters are presented a simple interface for publishing their podcasts. They only need to learn how to upload their content to Ourmedia and use web form.

    Sad: there’s probably VC money earmarked for a company that’ll do just this. Ridiculous. Who said the dot-com bubble had burst? Ha.


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