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Monday, May 22, 2006

Next generation podcasting 
(en francais)

Ever wanted to host your own live call-in radio show?

Now you can!

Skypecasts Preview
offers free live casting with up to 100 people. The caster controls the microphone, with the ability to mute all or pass the virtual mic around. Chat is also available between participants and the host or just between participants.

Skypecast is relatively easy to setup and use.

All you need is the Skype client, a headset (preferred) or microphone and speakers.

There is a widget for Typepad users to promote your cast. HTML snippets are under development for all others.

Record your cast and make it available as a podcast.

The service is still in preview or beta mode but I have listened to several shows and the quality is fantastic. Some casters are still having difficulty with the setup as far as the interaction goes. Feedback can be an issue with some users. As the service matures and guides and tips are produced by the early adopters, I'm sure this issue will disappear.

To take things up a notch in the overall VOIP wars, Skype is offering FREE calling within North America for the remainder of the year. Handy for anyone on a budget.

Skypecast Forums

Some recording tools for Skype:

Pamela v2.0 (Beta) - 30 day trial.

- free software with restrictions, upgrade for $19.95 U.S.

PowerGramo - free basic edition, upgrade for $19.95

WE Speak at 5:30 a.m.    | en francais | Go to Top|

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