Yeah I tend to agree with this. The POD in iPod stands for personal options device. Apple added the i (as they have been for about 8 years now) which they have always said stands for Internet. So you have Internet Personal Options Device, or iPod. Pod is really a generic term.
Bill Streeter LO-FI SAINT LOUIS www.lofistl.com --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Frank Carver <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 3:00:58 PM, Michael Sullivan wrote: > > podcast is utterly the worst word that could have ever come out of > > audioblogging and now videoblogging. i absolutely despise it. why? > > because any term that references a specific product from a specific company > > that is in no way exclsuive to what it is.... is wrong and confusing. > > Maybe I'm being naive here. Or maybe it's a British vs American > cultural thing, but to me the name "podcast" has already transcended > the name iPod. And I never felt particularly that podcast implied > iPod. > > The way I have always looked at it was that Apple decided to co-opt > the existing, but bland, word "pod", and use it to coin a new, simple > term for the more clumsy but popular "MP3 Player". They particularly > needed to do this, otherwise the ability of their player to play MP3 > files would be seen as it's major purpose, rather than Apple's aim of > playing their own DRM format. > > So the community wins. We now have a new, simple, pronounceable word > "pod" that describes a portable media player without reference to any > format, medium or manufacturer. Hurrah! > > Best of all, the community is free to invent new words to describe > things such as the process of subscribing and distributing media for > such a player: "podcasting". > > Now, Apple (for whatever reason) like the prefix "i". So _their_ media > player is called iPod. In the same way that their notebook computer is > called iBook. > > I don't know what it's like where anyone else lives, but around here > the overwhelmingly popular name for a media player is still "MP3 > player". That's what seven-year-olds ask for for their birthdays. > Apple's iPod range are just seen as (expensive and pretentious) > examples among many. > > Bottom line, I'm happy to use "podcasting" and "podcast", and to > distinguish as appropriate where medium or format is an issue :- MP3 > podcasting, Quicktime video podcast, PDF podcast, or whatever. In most > cases though, it's much simpler and just as understandable to just say > "podcast". > > >> To simply add 'video' to podcast becomes a very simple > >> way to extend what people already know. > > > wrong.. most people know podcasts as being internet radio... audio! so, in > > essence, your saying adding video makes sense to prelude an audio term. > > video radio anyone? > > Umm. Wasn't the word "video" itself merely some sort of contraction of > vision and radio ? > > -- > Frank Carver http://www.makevideo.org.uk > ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor --------------------~--> Get fast access to your favorite Yahoo! Groups. Make Yahoo! your home page http://us.click.yahoo.com/dpRU5A/wUILAA/yQLSAA/lBLqlB/TM --------------------------------------------------------------------~-> Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/videoblogging/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/