At the Gnomedex conference this week, Audible announced that it has enabled "RSS delivery of the world's leading periodic audio content." From their press release, this includes: "... BBC News Hour, Car Talk, Charlie Rose, C-SPAN, Fast Company, Forbes Magazine, Fresh Air, JazzTimes, Harvard Business Review, Latino USA, Marketplace, MSNBC, News from Lake Wobegon, Scientific American, Science News, Technology Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The World, This American Life, and To the Best of Our Knowledge." Link: CNET News.com.
Although many of these programs are carried on NPR-member stations, they are independently produced. NPR itself announced earlier this month that it has ended its relationship with Audible. "... [NPR spokeswoman Jenny] Lawhorn said NPR has been considering a change in how its programming is distributed and while it has spoken to many companies, it has yet to make a final decision. ¶ 'We have spoken to a number of companies, including Apple, about our next move in offering NPR programming in podcast form,' she said. 'It's too early to say when we will make a decision.' ¶ Ms. Lawhorn said NPR is carefully considering its options in the wake of the ever-growing phenomenon known as 'podcasting.' ¶ 'Our radio affiliates are an important part of our existence. We are involving them in this podcast process at every step,' she said. 'We're trying to find the right formula so we can take advantage of the growing market for podcasting. A year ago, no one even knew what it meant. Now, we have something that is going to be important to our future and we've got to figure out how it fits into our overall strategy.' ..." Link: The Mac Observer. --Dennis