I found this interesting... Standford iTunes, where people can download faculty lectures, interviews, free music, and sports. It's also a nice little advertisement for Standford being in the #1 online digital music download store. Will we ever see an iTunes@Case?
Probably not. However, just about everything they are doing could easily be accomplished with our current Blog@Case system using standard podcasts. It just won't look as pretty and wrapped around the iTunes interface.
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That is a cool idea. From a technical standpoint, it doesn't look too difficult to do. (I'm sure Jeremy has already registered the hostname). I have to question whether the market for this exists at Case. As cool as iTunes is, how many people actually use it? As you said, the same functionality can be achieved using podcasts, which are far more versatile. At the same time, once we create the framework for publishing podcasts, how difficult would it be to roll it into an iTunes compliant service? Probably not very. Now, how do we get people to jump on the podcast wagon...
Posted by: Gregory Szorc at October 27, 2005 09:44 PM
An addition to my last comment:
After actually playing around with their system, it absolutely rocks. They have recordings from local bands, lectures, sporting events, etc-- all within the simple interface of iTunes. Since iTunes can do video now, it is the perfect vehicle for delivering multimedia, especially some of the stuff that MediaVision does. With all the stuff Lev has been talking about in his blog lately, I half expect him to announce itunes.case.edu in 3..2..1...
Posted by: Gregory Szorc at October 27, 2005 09:51 PM