Who Invented Podcasting?

Dave asks, “should we just overlook that the story being passed around is wrong, or should the bloggers and podcasters care to have the real story get out there?”

I say we overlook it. I agree that Dave and Christopher Lydon created the first podcasts. I copied what they did for IT Conversations, which I believe was the second delivery of podcasts. Adam hasn’t wrangled this honor from Dave and Chris. He’s never claimed to do anything other than what he’s done. It’s the media and our own lack of intervention that has allowed the record to go astray.

But you know what? Who Cares? As the spiritual leader of podcasting and the author of the first podcatcher (iPodder), Adam has done more to promote this new idea than anyone. I’d rather see podcasting continue to flourish along its current track than worry about setting the record straight. Podcasting has been great for IT Conversations, possibly the cause of 2x in listenership. I’m far more grateful for that than I’m concerned about any pat on the back. But then again, I didn’t invent anything, so it doesn’t really cost me anything to lose the second-place honor. 🙂

Update: Eric Rice reminded us that Harold Gilchrist was audioblogging long, long before podcasting or IT Conversations.

2 thoughts on “Who Invented Podcasting?

  1. Indeed, I discovered you through “podcasting” and gave the link (or better: already downloaded mp3) to other people and I know of at least one which is ‘infected’ by the itconversation virus. :o)

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  2. For the most part I agree that it doesn’t matter. It’s great for everybody involved to have a blast of promo, plus it’s great to have software for listening to feeds.

    That said, it strikes me as wrong — really wrong — that Harold Gilchrist hasn’t gotten credit. He was unquestionably the man. And he wasn’t just audioblogging, he was patiently working to build a movement.

    Adam invented podcatching. Harold invented audioblogging.

    About Dave, his contribution was the enclosure element. However enclosures are for PDF as much as MP3, so this is a very roundabout contribution.

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