Podcasting in Thailand: More to Come?
Radio streaming or the apps available need a constant signal for the streaming of data. The podcast holds it ready and waiting: where and when you want it. I subscribe to several podcasts: technical, opinion and music.
A podcast I take is from Tom Robinson (whom I saw live in the 70s). His interest in new output means that sometimes shopping trips into town are followed by buying sprees on the internet. Similarly, an opera podcast has had me visiting the Classics Online site.
Searching for Thai output, I found several on Buddhism, a couple on technology and gadgets, plus film, language, and one on VW Beetles here. It was not easy to find podcasts on Thai-produced music. The availability of podcasts from the US and from the UK, means that I have been kept supplied with some of the best music around. Week after week I am able to plug in on the bus and catch new music, new styles, new lyrics from the almost-infinite resource young musicians provide.
The music podcast has a number of functions, one of which is to push the medium out to listeners who would not normally access the output, whether it be radio transmissions or live performance. As a teaser, it interests those who download the file and may prompt them to buy music, which is in the artists' interests. An example of such output might be the recent Smile at Rachprasong concerts.
The Bed Supper Club app is well made and the concept of convergent media has been well carried out, with news, links, chat formats and a link online to the podcasts. There are some healthy overlaps making sure that users miss nothing. A good wifi link is important. Some local developers would do well to look at this and see how an app should work.
A podcast from ThaiConcerts.com claimed to have an eclectic mix including Thai classic songs, Indy songs and other hot Thai songs. These may not suit everyone and it was certainly a little bland for my tastes. It is sourced in the US and aimed at Thais there. Although it claimed Indy music, that was thin on the ground. Who knows what future podcasts will contain.
Sweet Vacation is a Bangkok-based radio station with a weekly podcast of sounds from Tokyo with Mai and Daichi. There is a mix of English, Thai and Japanese chat. The podcasts stopped in April but may have switched to the Japanese iTunes store only.
Now, in the Podcasts section in the Thai store, there are links to submit a podcast directly. Anyone wanting to do so should first read Apple's podcast specifications. It is a pity that this new access to enable submission of podcasts does not extend to the iBookstore: not many people I know will have a US tax number.
Pioneers like CC Chapman and others have shown how it is possible to create sharp podcasts with the Podsafe Music network. In my look for podcasts in the Thai store I found plenty of international links, but too little Thai production. I wish there were more.
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