If you love music, then depending on your age, you either grew up admiring your local DJ or you grew up despising the program director who was forcing your DJ to play the same old Top-40 crap over and over again. The dividing line here seems to be those born before 1970 and those born after. Either way, you always yearned to be the person choosing and playing the coolest and hippest new tunes. With podcasting, you finally have a chance to live that dream. But it is not just about playing someone else's music. If you are in a band, then the one thing you want more than anything elsewell, next to partying all night, women (or men), and sleeping lateis exposure for your music. With podcasting, you can create your own "radio station" that not only plays your music, it plays nothing but your music. For all these reasons, it is no wonder that music podcasts are one of the most popular types of podcasts. Even Senator John Edwards has played some music on his podcast. The Association of Music Podcasting (AMP) located at www.musicpodcasting.org is arguably the best place to find good podsafe (no copyright restrictions) music podcasts (see Figure 3.4). Table 3.8 lists some great music podcasts. Each of them has a slightly different niche they are focused on.
Figure 3.4. AMP podcasts.
C.C. Chapman podcasts out of the Boston area. There are not enough nice things you can say about C.C. He cares deeply about both the independent musician and the independent podcaster. Music.podshow.com comes from this caring (with kudos thrown in for Chris Rockwell and others at Podshow). He releases about 10 shows a month, and they average about 30 minutes per episode. The show is PG-rated.
Bit Jobs for the Masses
Phil Coyne podcasts out of Birmingham in the U.K. and is a member of AMP. He plays some of the very best unsigned bands from the U.K. and beyond, but in addition to playing independent music he has some selective interviews with these musicians. A new show is released every four to five days, with an average length of 30 to 35 minutes per episode. The show is PG-rated.
Brian Ibbott podcasts out of Arvada, Colorado. His show is focused on playing covers of other songs. The show is released about three times a week and averages about 35 minutes per episode. The show is G-rated.
Dave podcasts out of Durham, North Carolina and is a proud member of AMP. His show is one of the best-produced music podcasts, offers incredible podsafe music, and is one where you can listen to the same episode over and over. He releases a new show about once a week, and the typical length is 25 minutes per episode. This show is G-rated.
Celtic Music News
Aaron podcasts out of Georgia. Celtic music is not all about drinking, and this podcast showcases the very best Celtic music. He releases one show a week, and they average about 20 to 25 minutes per episode. The show is PG-rated.
Picking a Musical Style
Music podcasts come in all shapes and sizes. Some have the DJ being the central figure; others are nothing but music with a brief introduction of the date and name of the show. Still others are podcasts for bands where a piece of each song is played and then the story about the song is revealed. That is the beauty of podcastingthere is no magical formula created by a computer back at the corporate office in New York or Atlanta. Music podcasts, at least the ones done right, are all about the experience of the listener, and listener number one is the person creating it. If you are doing a music podcast or thinking of doing one, you need to read Chapter 8, "MusicIssues and Sources."