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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Eleven days ago I wrote a blog post describing a call-in service that I'd like to use to create a podcast with my friend and fellow blogger Robert Scoble. Permalink to this paragraph

A new service (or one that I just became aware of) comes achingly close to doing what I want. Maybe it goes all the way there, but I've not seen how to do it. Permalink to this paragraph

First, here's how it works. Permalink to this paragraph

1. Call 646-495-9201 x 49763. Permalink to this paragraph

2. Talk. Permalink to this paragraph

3. Hangup. Permalink to this paragraph

There will be a new recording here.  Permalink to this paragraph

http://drop.io/tradesecrets  Permalink to this paragraph

Looks good!  Permalink to this paragraph

But there are two problems. Permalink to this paragraph

1. The RSS feed doesn't have an enclosure, and even if you were willing to scrape the HTML there's no pointer to an MP3 file. Permalink to this paragraph

2. There's no pointer to an MP3 file on the landing page, although there appears to be one if you don't look at the HTML source. Tricky. It was enough to get Mike Arrington at Techcrunch to think it was there. I have a call into Mike to discuss. Permalink to this paragraph

A caveat, I am also in touch with the folks at BlogTalkRadio. I want this service, and we're close to having it now. drop.io doesn't go quite far enough, they clearly want to drive traffic to their site, and appear unwilling to let the MP3 out into the wild. Permalink to this paragraph

Interesting stuff!! ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

Update: I did a podcast with Robert and Patrick Scoble using drop.io. I was able to download the MP3, although it pretty well hidden, and upload it to my S3 account.  Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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