Podpoints: One report puts illegal music downloading at a billion per month, thought to be a conservative estimate by many, making the timing of our forthcoming RSS-based online content-distribution system–a way to ensure artists get paid while offering free music to audiences–serendipitous. Also, our own Robin Dowden is featured in USA Today for the Walker’s museum podcast tours.
Public-domain podcasts: To date, LibriVox has created more than 100 volunteer-produced podcast readings of public domain books and another 200 or so short stories, speeches, poems, and public documents–all of which can be downloaded for free. Wtih more than 1800 volunteer readers, they’ve made an array of material available, from the Declaration of Independence to The Wind in the Willows. Says the project’s founder, Hugh McGuire, “The principles of the project are to be totally noncommercial, totally ad free, totally volunteer and totally public domain.”