Melodeo Saved By Alltel

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  1. There’s been a service operating for about a year now called Pod2Mob, which can be found at pod2mob.com .

    I use it often and it’s a GREAT service. It allows the user to listen to virtually any podcast (with a little advanced set-up) on his/her mobile phone. AND it works with a heck-of-a-lot more phones than Melodeo’s Sony and Erikson limitations. (I have a Samsung).

    I highly recommend that you and your readers check it out.

    One advantage to the service is that if I’m out and about and haven’t had the opportunity to load a podcast onto my iPod, I can still listen. Sitting bored in the doctor’s office is just one instance where Pod2Mob has saved what little sanity I have.

    -Bear

  2. Om,

    I am a long time podcaster at WebTalk Radio and also have been working full-time at Melodeo Mobilcast. I have been around this downloadable radio show space since 1999. I have been hearing this same topic and discussion about the doom and gloom of mobile podcasting. I have posted extensively about this topic at my “Mobile Phone Podcast Listening blog” that I have been writing for almost a year now.

    Here is my post on this topic:
    http://mobilcasting.blogspot.com/2006/08/mobile-podcasting-will-it-crash-and.html

    I am hearing some write that this area of podcasting will crash and burn. I have to take exception to that view because of the interest and user activity around our mobile client already. Everyone we talk to in the media and wireless space is very excited about the opportunities on a global level.

    Rob Greenlee
    Melodeo Mobilcast
    http://www.melodeo.com

    WebTalk Radio
    http://www.webtalkradio.com

  3. I work for Melodeo and had to make a comment… Did you actually check out the website at http://www.melodeo.com? It is a social networking site (your comments about being buzzword compliant made it seem like it isn’t). Also the number of phones and vendor phones supported by Melodeo is higher than you suggest. The post from Bear sounds like a pod2mob employee.

    Finally, at melodeo you can synchronize your PC and mobile phone over the air… think of it as itunes/ipod, but for web/mobile.

    -Bob

  4. Bob, sure you have community features but calling it social network is a bit of a stretch.

    Sure it can handle any number of phones, but does it answer the basic question facing all mobile services: do you want to listen to podcasts on a phone. if yes, where will you do that. certainly not while driving. there are few cities in the US where commuting via public transport is a good option. So there you could plugin you headphones and listed to a podcast. Chances are many of the same commuters actually own a podcast. Just saying, its a tough market. hope you guys succeed, but there are more non-tech challenges out there.

  5. Om,

    I must disagree with your comments above;

    “but does it answer the basic question facing all mobile services: do you want to listen to podcasts on a phone. if yes, where will you do that. certainly not while driving.”

    This is the same question that faces the iPod or any other mp3 player users. I think the key thought here is that far more people have a mobile phone with media playback capability then are buying or own iPods or mp3 players. The difference is 10’s of millions own mp3 players versus 100’s of millions for mobile phones.

    The other major difference is always having access to the latest episodes from major and minor media souces. Once podcasting becomes almost real-time then the content becomes more valuable to the listener. I am working towards taking podcast listening to a whole new level with location based content that is updated very regularly. The mobile phone and wireless networks enable the listener to get niche genre content that is relevant locally as well.

    You also say that people will not listen while driving, well that is the present but not the future. Every year is showing more and more cars having mini-jacks in the car. Bluetooth is another technology that could enable audio listening from the mobile phone.

    I believe that this distribution platform will work, given positive energy, great new content and technology improvements.

    Rob Greenlee
    WebTalk Radio
    Melodeo
    http://www.melodeo.com

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