With millions of portable devices now in user hands, and, in the words of Erin McKean, editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, "only so much music you can listen to," it's no surprise that "podcast" has risen to the top of the lexicographers' heap this year. According to Frank Barnako (MarketWatch),
"Editors at the New Oxford American Dictionary have selected "podcast" as their word of the year.
The definition is "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal-audio player."
As a marketing opportunity, time-shifted audio has come of age. My spouse, Amanda, is out at SES this week, speaking the gospel of RSS and Podcasting. And people are listening, and taking action. No one can afford to remain on the sidelines.
Congratulations to Dave Winer, Adam Curry (see - evenhanded - both sides of the debate) and all the others who saw it first, and helped birth this jolly private-time-and-space invader. Who cares that we'll never hear the birds chirp again ;-)