A fantasy scenario I have for synergy between Internet Radio, podcasting and downloading tunes.
I’m listening to Radio Nigel on iTunes (or whatever) while working with Dreamweaver. Hmmm. Thinks, “catchy tune there by XTC — Making Plans for Nigel — good broadcast segment this. I’ll list the podcasts this station is playing today. Ahh there’s the current show. I’ll queue it up to download from NetPod.com and it’ll download in the background after the show has finished”. But I’m not sure how much download space I have left; I’ll nip over to Netpod.com and check on my current account. This place is brilliant — $10 subscription a month for 100Mb worth of podcasts. And 12c / Mb over my limit. I think I’ll up my download limit to 120Mb for $12 cos I’m using it more than I thought. And the selection — any internet radio station worth it’s salt is here — and it’s worldwide — I can listen to a podcast in Africaans or Welsh if I want to. Hey, I notice that my favourite blues joint, Red Key Indiana, has a podlisting of their upcoming bands. And there’s Joanna Conner — she was brilliant last time I saw her at Red Key — let’s download the podcast of her concert. Back to Radio Nigel — Martin Gore ‘Compulsion’ is playing — sounds funky, I’d like to have that tune. Ahh, it’s just appeared on the PodPlayList, let’s click on ‘get this tune from CDs.com’ to download in the background. Argg! I’m spending too much money. So let’s listen to one of my recent poddownloads — the latest broadcast of Little Britain from the BBC. Bloody brilliant — I’ll rate it 5 stars out of 5 and stick a comment in the ‘your comments’ box. Don’t forget to synchronise my ratings & comments with NetPod — that’ll push this podcast up the popularity list in the comedy section. Nice that links in comments are live so that other viewers can go to the Little Britain site I found.
Moodle 1.6 will have a lot less stuff in it that 1.4 -> 1.5 has, and I fully expect it to be out by that date.
One thing it will DEFINITELY have in it is blogging … this feature has been delayed long enough and is much needed.