ETech: Podcasting with Odeo
Odeo aims to be two things: first, a site that aggregates podcasts, and provides mechanisms for podcast storage, discovery, subscription, and delivery.
Second, Evan has not forgotten his personal publishing roots, and has implemented a very slick web interface through which anybody can record and post MP3s to the web. I was surprised at how nicely it worked--as he was talking about the recording feature, he clicked record, then stop a few seconds later, and then play. What he had been saying several seconds earlier played back through the sound system, crystal clear. The audience met this with a beat of silence, digesting how easily Evan had recorded and played back a podcast, and then a burst of applause ripped through the room. It was pretty compelling.
Anyways, the site is very clean, the product is very Web 2.0--it's democratizing audio publishing, uses RSS extensively, is built on Ruby, etc.--and the audio recording functionality is especially quite slick.