Windows Media 11′s lack of podcasting gets noticed

Todd Cochrane, of Geek News Central, says that Windows Media 11's lack of podcasting features will slow down podcasting's growth. I look at it a different way. I think that not having podcasting features will slow down Windows Media 11's growth. Translation, I agree with him that it sucks that WM11 doesn't have podcasting features yet.

Funny enough, I'm sitting in Podtech.net's headquarters, located on Sand Hill Road. I've spent the past few hours getting acquainted with their team and learning about their plans (they were funded for more than $5 million a few months back). The podcasting space is white hot and only going to get hotter and video blogging is coming onto the scene like a train of coal rolling into Livingston Montana. Anyone miss how big a deal Rocketboom has become in just a year?

Lesson for product planners in the tech industry: if you aren't supporting the latest stuff you'll be derided and left behind. If it takes 30 months to add a cool feature into your product you're too slow, not agile enough, and will see slow growth.

Hey, my fellow Microsofties. Want to see the stock go up? Cut the time from 30 months or longer to 12. The market will start to notice and you'll see increased buzz. That still won't be perfect, but it'll be a lot better than we got now.

There are still way too many Microsoft sites without RSS feeds (a shame, really, since Windows Vista's beta 2 is coming within hours, and it has a decent RSS aggregator built in). Fellow Microsofties, let's change that and we'll see good things come to us.

Instead we have folks like Todd saying we suck. I hate being told that.

Here's another challenge for our product planners. Are you planning OPML features yet? Second Life? Video blogging? Xbox Live integration? WPF-based overhauls? Microformats?

121 thoughts on “Windows Media 11′s lack of podcasting gets noticed

  1. Very informative article – I’m sure there’s even more good stuff to come.

    About your design, what is the theme is being used at the moment? I’d love to know the name of it.

  2. Very informative article – I’m sure there’s even more good stuff to come.

    About your design, what is the theme is being used at the moment? I’d love to know the name of it.

  3. Podcasting growth slower than expected:

    http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/03/23/tech-podcast.html?ref=rss

    I wonder if this might have something to do with wmp11′s rather shocking continued refusal to play nice with podcasts. I consider myself an advanced user, yet I’m sick to death of the silly hoops I need to jump through just to get podcasts properly and automatically linking from wmp11 to my samsung z5. I download using juice, run a shell script command to properly change the genre to a wmp11 readable format, then set up autoplaylists, because juice and wmp11 don’t always play nice with updating the regular playlists. All in all, it’s an irritating process to what, in itunes, is practically a 1-click solution. It’s enough to make me regret buying a wmp-based media player. I’ll be picking up an ipod for sure for my girlfriend, unless someone over there gets their heads out of their collective asses.

  4. Podcasting growth slower than expected:

    http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/03/23/tech-podcast.html?ref=rss

    I wonder if this might have something to do with wmp11′s rather shocking continued refusal to play nice with podcasts. I consider myself an advanced user, yet I’m sick to death of the silly hoops I need to jump through just to get podcasts properly and automatically linking from wmp11 to my samsung z5. I download using juice, run a shell script command to properly change the genre to a wmp11 readable format, then set up autoplaylists, because juice and wmp11 don’t always play nice with updating the regular playlists. All in all, it’s an irritating process to what, in itunes, is practically a 1-click solution. It’s enough to make me regret buying a wmp-based media player. I’ll be picking up an ipod for sure for my girlfriend, unless someone over there gets their heads out of their collective asses.

  5. I downloaded ver 11 of media player expecting to be able to find the podcasting setup….
    So now it’s back to iTunes.

  6. I downloaded ver 11 of media player expecting to be able to find the podcasting setup….
    So now it’s back to iTunes.

  7. I just downloaded WMP 11 and cannot figure out where I can find the total number of music files I have in the LIBRARY. Old WMP 10 always gave you the number on the bottom left hand side of the screen. HELP!!

  8. I just downloaded WMP 11 and cannot figure out where I can find the total number of music files I have in the LIBRARY. Old WMP 10 always gave you the number on the bottom left hand side of the screen. HELP!!

  9. WMP handles Mp3’s just fine and has given that option for ripping cd’s since WMP10. As far as AAC, that’s an Apple proprietary format. As far as those features are concerned its a moot point. I fall back to a basic premise that I follow on formats and that is “How much does it cost to get the software to create it?” Once again, the last time I checked Windows Media Encoder is free while Quicktime pro is $39.95.

  10. WMP handles Mp3’s just fine and has given that option for ripping cd’s since WMP10. As far as AAC, that’s an Apple proprietary format. As far as those features are concerned its a moot point. I fall back to a basic premise that I follow on formats and that is “How much does it cost to get the software to create it?” Once again, the last time I checked Windows Media Encoder is free while Quicktime pro is $39.95.

  11. I use Juice as an aggregator, and it will automatically build WMP playlists. Great. But, in WMP11, when you view an item in a playlist, you can’t delete the item. That means it’s almost impossible to use playlists to manage podcasts, since cleaning up old podcasts is essential.

  12. I use Juice as an aggregator, and it will automatically build WMP playlists. Great. But, in WMP11, when you view an item in a playlist, you can’t delete the item. That means it’s almost impossible to use playlists to manage podcasts, since cleaning up old podcasts is essential.

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