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The simplest podcast API ever

Monday, February 18, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A new service from BlogTalkRadio... Permalink to this paragraph

Call their special phone number: 646-200-0000. It records the call. When you're done it creates an RSS 2.0 feed with an enclosure that's an MP3 of the call.  Permalink to this paragraph

The address of the feed is a function of the phone number you called from. I just called in a podcast from my Nokia N95, which they added to this feed: Permalink to this paragraph

http://cinch.blogtalkradio.com/8583429663  Permalink to this paragraph

That's all there is to it! No registration. They have a web page for it, but it's completely unnecessary.  Permalink to this paragraph

It's the new application of RSS that I wrote about on Saturday. It's brilliant because of it's so simple. Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named love.gifSome people think innovation in technology is about how hard it is to implement, or how long it took, or how complex it is, or convoluted. They see innovation as wizardry. I see it differently. I'm impressed by the ratio of functionality to complexity. I like that number to be as big as possible, because the less complex it is, the fewer moving parts, the less likely it is to break, and the easier it will be for others to build on the idea. Permalink to this paragraph

Hats off to the BTR guys, they've come up with something truly useful that's also very simple.  Permalink to this paragraph

Could it be simpler? I don't see how. ;-> 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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