Hurricane Rita coverage podcasts distributed via Apple’s iTunes Music Store

Covering Hurricane Rita, “Russell Holliman and a few fellow podcasters from Houston decided to combine the emerging audio-distribution format with traditional Internet radio,” Anick Jesdanun reports for The Associated Press.

“They established a live streaming feed called RitaCast and made arrangements to produce a new personal audio dispatch every hour, each about 20 minutes long. The group was even trying to take calls from listeners – something rare with podcasts,” Jesdanun reports.

Jesdanun reports, “Each dispatch was packaged into an MP3 file and distributed as a podcast through Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes and other networks that automatically distributing free audio subscriptions. ‘It really just did start out as a technical experiment,’ Holliman said. ‘We wanted to see if it can be done. It introduces a new format for podcasts where people can actually get the live interaction with the listener.'”

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  1. Hey MDN, I sent that link to you. No credits?

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  2. Notice that the hispanic population made it out of New Orleans without any problems. You didn’t see them on the news looting. The US needs to do away with welfare and make those lazy Big Mac eating looters earn their hand outs.

  3. 1: I’m glad Rita hit as close to Katrina damage as possible

    2: I’m especially estatic that New Orleans got flooded again, it means a serious project to fill in “the hole” and a rebuilding that will pull New Orleans out of it’s corruption. Meanwhile all those welfare folks will be getting jobs and finding new opportunities elsewhere.

    3: The pop-unders are coming from FastClick, it’s a Javascript exploit they are using to do it. So simply turning off Javascript in Safari preferences should do the trick, blame Netscape, they supposely make Javascript. Pop-ups/under and other exploits and intrusions are normal on the PC platform, of course it shouldn’t be, but blame Microsoft.

    FastClick is a big advertising/marketing abortion born from M$ inferior code and mistreatment of it’s users. So since they got all this illegally gotten money from their illegal exploits, the rule the roost (much like M$) and MDN needs the ad revenue.

    4: Remember the Warner CEO and his bs talk?

    Well READ THIS! HE’s a FSCKTARD! He got to be a loner amongs the labels. Apple can drop him.

    http://slate.msn.com/id/1862/

  4. hahahah, I like this one

    To wit: Earlier this month, he outraged the industry by proposing that theaters charge higher prices for more expensive movies. Why, he asked, should you pay the same amount to see a $2 million movie as you would to see a $200 million one? Analysts and movie types hooted with derision–that’s “like charging for a piece of art based on how much bronze or paint was used,” sneered one.

    Well Edgar Bronfman, you’ve suceeded in pissing off the music industry and it’s customers with your idiotic talk about changing the 99¢ model at iTMS.

  5. The response to the New Orleans disaster “left much to be desired”. And the blame should be shared locally and federally. But it sure didn’t look good for George to be on Vacation AGAIN and Condoleeza to be out shopping for shoes and going to spas.

    I read an interesting take on why the situation got so bad in New Orleans – firstly the people who got left there were the ones least able or likely to help themselves since everyone else who could and had the motivation had evacuated – then they took all the criminals in the local prisons and let them loose because there was no evacuation plan in place. So they had a herd of “sheep” on which they loosed a pack of “wolves”.

  6. The response to the New Orleans disaster “left much to be desired”. And the blame should be shared locally and federally.

    Most of the blame belonged on the head of the Mayor of New Orleans and Gov. Blanco for not having a plan in place to evacuate people who couldn’t from a city that could be flooded.

    He ordered a mandatory evacuation just before the storm hit, when 72 hours would have been neccessary for a planned/assisted evacuation.

    Blanco wanted 40,000 troops to return from Iraq to help in relief efforts. What a dumb broad, it would take weeks or months to return troops from Iraq and she couldn’t command them anyway. Since Federal troops can’t be used in law enforcement challenges on US soil without Bush declaring the Insurection Act, which I think he should have just gone ahead and done. (he didn’t want to appear to be invading the opponents party state)

    But it sure didn’t look good for George to be on Vacation AGAIN and Condoleeza to be out shopping for shoes and going to spas.

    The States need to be better prepared, but they are too busy staying bankrupt from poor planning and rest on the Federal government too much. Only Congress can magically order up a 100 billion dollars, eventully a price will have to be paid.

    I read an interesting take on why the situation got so bad in New Orleans – firstly the people who got left there were the ones least able or likely to help themselves since everyone else who could and had the motivation had evacuated – then they took all the criminals in the local prisons and let them loose because there was no evacuation plan in place. So they had a herd of “sheep” on which they loosed a pack of “wolves”.

    No, the criminals in the jails were moved to other jails in the state, because they would sue the State in a hurry if they were mistreated. However New Orleans did leave quite a few crimianls on the streets, with their own police force robbing and looting along with them. Shooting at relief workers, doctors and helicopters.

    “The police get all the good stuff” – young NO looter

    In the “Dome” they raped a little girl in the bathroom and slit her throat. What animals.

    High testostertone + low IQ = violent unempathic criminals

    Low testostertone + low IQ = most liberals, welfare and trailer park trash

    High IQ + low testostertone = weak nerdy geeks, often rich

    High IQ + medium testostertone = successful white collar criminal

  7. It’s clear that racism is alive and well with the white republicans here. These idiots spout what they think is the truth from their ivory towers of ignorance. Yet if these exact same people were born in the ghetto they wouldn’t be any goddamn different than the people they cal “lazy” and having a low IQ. They would be exactly the same. Go do your research, fools, before you claim to know what life is like to be born a poor black man in this country. But then again, you are the exact kind of people that lacks the ability to be objective about these things. If it ain’t White & Christian, you somehow think you have the right to judge it. And judge you do. It’s about all you do, and your ignorance fills these threads with nothing but hate and stupidity, even in times of national disaster when any sane person would have the respect for the 1000’s who died down there. Assholes.

  8. Gstank you ahole. Why is always fat lazy black people??? Why aren’t the Mexicans and other ethnic groups involved in this. They were born poor and live in ghettos. The difference is most of them are hard workers and take the initiative to better themselves. The welfare addicted scum bags sure don’t do this. They sit back with their hands out and your only too happy to feed their disgusting habit. These people have to be forced to earn their welfare or they’ll never get off of it. Of course the real handicapped, crippled, or insane people need help. They unfortunately are not the majority on welfare! So F off gstank you little piece of crap.

  9. I’ll tell you the truth, as I’m not a racist, rebublican or christian.

    Africans are our distant cousins and habor a lot of fear, which results in anger.

    From my world experience and clinical studies the problems of Africans (the more native the worse, as most African Americans are white integrated) is their smaller brain size, lower IQ and amongst the males, high testostertone levels.

    White Europeans branched off Africans a few hundred thousand years ago, with original Asians branching off after that.

    Asians on average have a 1 cubic inch more brain matter than native Europeans and these have about 6-7 inches more than native Africans.

    Average IQ of Asians is 110, Europeans is 100 and Africans (native) is about 60. (80 for African Americans)

    Asians have the lowest testostertone levels, with Europeans average and Africans the highest (which explains their explosive behavior and higer crime rate)

    Evolution is a real concept, war is natures way of improving the human species.

    When Jesus said the meek share inherit the earth, he was right.

  10. Paul, please provide your sources for all your facts about IQ’s and brain sizes, as I find it very interesting and would like to know if it comes from any genuinely reputable source.

    Personally my black friends are a hell of a lot smarter than most people on this thread. Also, I’ve learned frm them how much racism they deal with on a daily basis. It’s pretty intense. I think Chris Rock (one hell of a funny and smart guy) really makes a lot of good points in this regard.

    Also if any of you have the time or care to (which I’m sure you don’t) read the book “Way Past Cool” by Jess Mowry. It is a first hand account of what it’s like to grow up in the ghetto of LA, and to say the least it will wake you up to the reality of that situation.

    But most people don’t want to know the truth. They want to just lump it all into the “fat lazy blacks taking our tax dollars” because those kinds of people are greedy little bitches that would rather have a bigger plasma TV than help the poor. These are the people who think the victims of this flood somehow deserve what they got. Many of them are Chrisitans which is even worse. REAL people’s kids and mothers, brothers and fathers have drowned. So much for the teachings of Jesus I suppose. So much for being a decent human being.

  11. Just doing a little bit research reveals the following:

    “70% of the population in New Orleans was African/ American. Most of whom live in poverty. They lacked the money, credit, and vehicles to flee.”

    “According to the 2000 census, the black population constituted 67.3 percent of the city’s population; the whites, 28.1 percent; Asians, 2.3; Native Americans, 0.2 percent; and people of mixed heritage or not reporting race, 2.2 percent. Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders numbered 109 at the time of the census. Hispanics, who may be of any race, represented 3.1 percent of the people.”

    Sorry Sebastion, for revealing the truth to you and your ignorant argument about Mexicans. I am sure the truth is something you prefer to ignore on a daily basis. Why bother acknowledging something that gets in the way of your simple minded views of how you think the world works.

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