WBUR Podcasts

On PointAsk, and ye shall receive. NPR pow­er­house WBUR has start­ed offer­ing it’s pro­gram­ming in Pod­cast pack­ag­ing. Now, you can down­load and lis­ten to On Point and Here and Now, on your iPod.

There are some lim­i­ta­tions, how­ev­er… due to the music licens­ing cabal, they can’t offer con­tent that con­tains music licensed for broad­cast only — appar­ent­ly ASCAP and BMI think that peo­ple will rip songs out of MP3 Pod­casts, and share it with their friends. Not only is this ridicu­lous on its face, but it also blind­ly ignores the inher­ent pro­mo­tion­al poten­tial afford­ed by Pod­cast­ing. So, they have to edit out bumper music, and prob­a­bly skip music shows altogether.

Also, even with this caveat, they aren’t offer­ing the full shows. On Point’s shows are approx­i­mate­ly 20 min­utes long, and Here and Now seems to only include 1 main seg­ment (8–10 mins). I’m not sure if this is a band­width con­sid­er­a­tion, callers’ per­mis­sion, or what. Since they stream on the inter­net both live and full on-demand archives, I don’t see how either of these could be reason.

Maybe they just want to ensure that you tune in your radio dial…

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