We've made the big-time. Guess I can retire now. What's more left to do? The TechNet webcast podcasts are on iTunes. Who says Microsoft can't be cool!?! Or at least TechNet webcasts can be cool, right? It's a proud moment. Now whether anyone will check out the technology section on iTunes and try out our podcasts is another matter. I'm not sure how to get stats from iTunes. If you know how, let me know.
If you don't have iTunes and want to check out the audio-only versions of our webcasts pilot (which is two series, not our entire library), see them at:
You can download Exchange Server 2003 audio-only webcasts by going to this webpage: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/audio/exchange.mspx
And, you can download Scripting Week 3 audio-only webcasts by going to this webpage: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/audio/sweek3.mspx
We had some great feedback from listeners during our pilot. Thanks to all that went to http://www.webcastaudio.com to provide input. Check out these responses:
"As a consultant I spend a lot of time in my car. This method of getting MS technical content is invaluable. PLEASE keep it up and take it further with fresh content as much as possible."
"I LOVE the idea. Got Mobile 5 with my new cell phone and pipe the web casts though my radio via my wireless FM transmtter.Instant training!!!"
Regarding not having the visuals to look at, some people were ok, others wanted it:
"I constatntly found myself wanting to look at the screen and see the PPT."
"It is great to be able to get the information in a portable format. If I need to see slides, then I can go back to the archived webcast."
I'll be compiling all the feedback soon, and looking at costs of automating this process to provide audio formats of more of our webcasts. Stay tuned.
Dean AndrewsTechNet Webcasts
Navigation of the iTunes directory sucks. In fact, the registration process leaves a lot to be desired.
It's far easier to suck .mp3's into iTunes from channel9.msdn.com and blogs.technet.com. In fact, you can pull down .mp3 audio from any site that supports RSS <enclosure> tags. No need for their directory and process.
Give up on posting to iTunes and post on microsoft.com with RSS <enclosure> support instead... please!!!