I don’t get this at all.
Enclosures have been the reason for some WP posts, and everywhere I look someone somewhere in mentioning a podcast. I’ve done a bit of reading – admittedly not exhaustive – and I just don’t get it.
It seems that people are very keen on listening to radio shows, as these seem to form the vast bulk of what people are talking about .. okay…. don’t quite get that myself but hey, I’ve not had Howard Stern go to a subscription service :) but even so, isn’t this just another P2P network, albeit with the iPod name attached ?
Let’s say I was posting an enclosure now, and let’s say I called it “Mark on a local phone-in”. How are you going to know that it’s not really a trance remix of some Pink Floyd ? After all, it would be an mp3, and changing a name is hardly challenging is it ? Or do I post these (illegal) mp3’s with code words in the post for a certain audience ?
And that leads to my next point – bandwidth. It doesn’t matter how or when the enclosure is pulled, it is still coming out of your bandwidth. And you’ve got zero control over who pulls the feed. Okay, so you’ve got no control over your site (or limited) but a visitor here would cost me somewhere around 120KB for one page view. An mp3 is megs of data – wouldn’t take much for you to get a bill from your provider would it ? This site has no huge files but I still break 3gig of transfer – that would be shattered if I did do any of this enclosing business.
It’s not that the technology isn’t quite cool (though posting a link in a syndicated post would seem to achieve the same result) and it’s not that I am against music piracy (despite the RIAA bleating about piracy killing cd sales, they are going up as is the number of P2P users) I just can’t see why all this fuss is being made.
Is it cool ? Is it piracy by another name ? Or is it just iPod elitism ?