Podcasting on Negotiation.Biz
Podcasting, is also known as “Walkaway” media, because, unlike the conventional content on Websites, it is designed to be used away from your PC. The name podcasting is a combination of the words iPod and broadcasting, Podcasts are broadcasts, delivered over the Internet, which you can listen to on your iPod, or other MP3 player. Don’t worry if you don’t have an iPod, you can still listen to Podcasts on your PC, using Windows Media Player, or similar software.
The process of subscribing to Podcasts is very simple, most people will just use Apple's iTunes program which comes with your iPod (also available to all for from their Web Site http://www.apple.com/itunes/ ) and click on the "Podcast" section, open the directory and type "negotiation" in the search box. ITunes is the best known “Podcatcher” program, others are listed below. You can then download our latest Podcasts, without having to even look at the Negotiation.Biz Website. So Negotiation.Biz will in fact become an Internet radio station, offering information on global business, one to which you can subscribe to for free, using a Podcatching program and get the latest broadcasts, without having to be online at a specific time, and without actually visiting the Website, and you can, if you wish, listen to the broadcasts in your car, in the train, during a flight, or whenever you get a moment to relax.
Our broadcasts, or Podcasts, will include a regular news bulletin, in addition to interviews, comments on negotiation issues, and other related material. We believe that we are the only Global Business Podcast Site in the world, and one of the very few business-oriented Websites, offering Podcasts. We look forward to welcoming more new visitors (and listeners!) to Negotiation.Biz, and our new Site NegotiationPodcasts.com.
How Does it Work?
Many of you will already own an Apple iPod, or similar MP3 player, even the Queen of England and President Bush use one, so it is no longer something that is exclusively for teenagers. But as we said, if you don’t have an iPod you can still listen to our Podcasts on your PC’s sound system. Amazon is a good place to check out these products – currently the iPod Nano is now the gadget that everyone wants, it's only 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27 inches and 1.5 ounces and yet can take 1,000 songs (or Podcasts!).- [Amazon.co.uk link]
30 GB iPod
The Apple 20 GB iPod M9282LL/A is the one of the best selling iPod on Amazon.com, US$210. There is also the Apple 30 GB iPod Photo M9829LL/A at US$375.99.
In the UK, on Amazon.co.uk, the Apple iPod 20GB [MA079B/A] is currently a best seller at £194.99. Larger and smaller capacity (prices vary accordingly) models are also available, including the New Apple iPod 60GB [M9830B/A], with a 2-inch colour LCD screen, this can hold up to 15,000 songs, or up to 25,000 photos - £279.98 in the UK.
The Emprex 6GB MP3 Player with FM Tuner and Voice Recording, at £109.99 in the UK, is another interesting player, well worth considering.
Other manufacturers of MP3 players include iRiver, Sony, Creative Labs and Toshiba. See Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk for more information.
60 GB iPod
Even if you don't own an iPod you may in fact already own an MP3 player without realizing it, most new mobile phones can take a number of MP3 files - and phones are starting to be offered which support iTunes, our gadgets are all becoming electronic Swiss Army knives with lots of different tools.
Special Software for “Podcatching”
You can just use the programs already installed on your PC, such as Quicktime, to listen to the sound files on our Websites (if you have problems you need to talk to the person who set the PC up). However if you wish to “get with the program” you will need to download and install a Podcatcher program, the most common is iTunes, which was mentioned early, and there are a number of other programs available and most are free. Most also support Windows and Apple iTunes (the iPod software).
One alternative to iTunes is Doppler, available from http://dopplerradio.net , there is also iPodder free from http://ipodder.sourceforge.net/ and this has Mac and Windows versions, but only supports Apple iTunes – ideal for iPod users. A third program, also free, is jPodder, available from http://jpodder.com and this supports Windows Media Player and Apple iTunes. For Mac PCs there is also PoddumFeeder from http://ifthensoft.com offered for the price of US$4.95, which should not break the bank. Once installed and set up – you may need the reference http://www.negotiation.biz/bizsound.xml in order to retrieve our Podcasts on some programs, but as I have noted "Negotiation Biz" is listed under the Podcast section on iTunes.
We are all very excited about the opportunities that this new medium offers to provide a new service to our visitors, please let me – firstname.lastname@example.org know your ideas and reactions to the content of our Podcasts (however we cannot provide a technical service for software installation, we don’t have the resource for that.)
If you would like to listen to our introductory Podcast - please click here. Please check our home page for a complete list of Podcasts.
I hope you all enjoy this new service.