Pondering Podcast Access -- A Conundrum I Have No Solution To

The Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science defines podcast as:

A digital media file (audio or video) syndicated over the Internet via an RSS feed. The author or host of a podcast is known as a podcaster. Once available online, podcasts can be downloaded for listening on portable media devices (MP3 players, pocket CDs, cell phones) and personal computers. Despite the similarity in name, listening to or watching a podcast does not require an iPod, although the device can be used for that purpose. Online directories of podcasts are usually browsable by subject and searchable by keyword(s) (examples: Podcast Alley, Podcast.net, and Podfeed.net).

This describes the program produced here in the Las Vegas metro. This also describes the method of normal distribution. Is this the normal means of accessing LISTen, though?

From the survey attempt made earlier I found that there was no single dominant answer as to how folks obtained episodes. The answers that together made up the single biggest response area was e-mail. Receiving links to the episode from friends as well as from the news update e-mail from Blake has been the most common means of hitting the episode.

As might seem normal, this makes for a conundrum for me. By normal definitions LISTen is a radio show carried by alternative means. From statistics we see that access is not normally had by way of iTunes or another podcatcher. By and large folks follow links from e-mail. As to the definition for podcasts being used, LISTen does not necessarily meet it exactly.

Would a subscribe to the show via e-mail button help? Morgan Webb has such available for her program WebbAlert at this page. Morgan's set up for that involves using FeedBurner.

If I look into setting up such a means of subscribing that carried with it the Flash player, would it be used? Would it be wise? Would it be effective?

My posts seem to end in questions at times. This comes from my wanting to run as open of a production as possible. It is hoped that, with the amount of openess as to production being displayed, this might help librarians who are thinking about instituting podcasts at their libraries and trying to see what it is like producing such. Technology alone does not a podcast make.

Just as much as Morgan Webb puts up donation buttons at her site, I put such for you here as well:

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