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AOL is adding new features to help those seeking podcasts. Up today on its AOL Music site is a new Podcasting 101 section, which features a handful of featured podcasts. More expansive is a new partnership that puts the iPodder podcast directory into the AOL-owned Winamp player as the new "Shoutcast Wire Podcast Directory." But most significant, I'd say, is that the Podscope podcast search engine from TVEyes will be offered on the AOL site in the fall. Podscope turns spoken words in podcasts into text that can be searched. Gary's written of the service before here. Blinkx offers a similar service. Expect a closer look from either Gary or I on some of this in the near future. In the meantime, the AOL and TVEyes press releases are below:

AOL Release

New York, NY ? September 14, 2005 ? Bringing the podcasting craze to a whole new level, America Online today announced new features designed to deliver the best of the web's podcasts to more than 100 million visitors at the AOL.com® portal (http://www.aol.com).  Currently available at http://www.aol.com/podcasting , listeners can easily discover, experience and download some of the web's most popular podcasts, including programs from KCRW, "This Week in Tech," AOL's "Sports Bloggers Live," "Reel Reviews," the BBC, CNN and more through the comprehensive Podcasting 101 feature, or enjoy a 24/7 stream of standout programming on AOL® Radio's new Podcasting station.  Fans are also able to search for thousands of additional podcasts with the new version of AOL's Winamp® 5.1 media player.  Enhanced podcast search ability is coming this fall to AOL® Search ( http://www.aolsearch.com).

Podcasting 101 and the AOL Radio Podcasting Station

With step-by-step instructions on getting started, Podcasting 101's guide to podcasting lets visitors pick from the most popular podcasts available ? from big names to small ? for one time download or subscription. To sample some of the hottest podcasts, visitors can tune in to AOL Radio's new Podcast station, featuring a non-stop stream of these popular programs.

Currently, AOL's podcasting offerings include AOL-hosted "best of the web" talk format programs such as:

* KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," "Music Exchange," "Le Show," "Left, Right & Center," and "Bookworm;"

* The hugely popular "This Week in Tech" and "Security Now!;"

* AOL's own "Sports Bloggers Live;" and

* Michael Geoghegan's "Reel Reviews," the first movie-related podcast on the net.

Fans can also access popular content from CNN, Science at NASA, Adam Curry's "The Podfinder," BBC's "Today" and "From Our Own Correspondent," Battlestar Galactica, Engadget, Grape Radio, Gamespot.com and more.

Over the coming months, AOL will introduce more original programming podcasts from AOL® Music, Moviefone, AOL® Coaches and the KOL® (kids) and RED® (teens) services. 

Podcast Search

In addition to the comprehensive programming available through the Podcasting 101 and the Podcasting station, users of AOL's popular Winamp 5.1 media player can access the new SHOUTcast Wire podcast directory, powered by iPodder. The directory gives users the ability to discover, download and subscribe to podcasts from hundreds of podcasters around the world. 

In a separate announcement today, TVEyes announced that its Podscope search engine will be integrated within AOL Search ( http://www.aolsearch.com) . In the coming months, AOL will offer fans the ability to discover thousands of additional podcasts. This innovative search capability will enable fans to generate audio search results using Spoken Word Indexing, meaning they will be able to sample from tens of thousands of search-specific audio clips.  

Winamp v5.1 Surround Edition is available now for download from http://www.winamp.com/. Launched in January 1998, Winamp is a world leading advanced media player application with more than 48 million monthly worldwide users*. Winamp supports high fidelity playback of CD, MP3, aacPlus, MPEG, WMA, WMV, NSV and other popular digital audio and video formats, skins and plug-ins. Winamp ( http://www.winamp.com) and SHOUTcast ( http://www.shoutcast.com) were acquired by America Online, Inc. in May 1999 and are part of AOL Music's leading offerings ( http://www.aolmusic.com).

AOL® Music is a leading online destination for music, reaching more than 18.7 million music fans a month* through a rich array of programming, products and services that make it easy to discover, experience, listen to and buy music online.  AOL Music's offerings include original programs such as AOL Music Sessions, AOL Music LIVE! and AOL Music Breakers, and special features such as First Listen and First View. They are available through aolmusic.com, the AOL Music Channel, the AOL® Radio Network, Netscape® Music, CompuServe® Music, AIM® Music, ICQ® Music, Winamp® and SHOUTcast® services.  Integrated commerce options make it easy for consumers to purchase the music they hear on AOL Music through MusicNet@AOL, iTunes on AOL, AOL's CD/DVD shop and AOL's Entertainment for Mobile store.

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TVEyes Release

Fairfield, Conn., Sept. 14, 2005 - AOL will be the first major Web portal or search engine to provide its users with Podscope's podcast search capability, according to a new agreement between AOL and TVEyes, Inc. The new capability will be based on an integration of the TVEyes Podscope search engine with AOL® Search (http://www.aolsearch.com). Podscope, which creates a Spoken Word Index? for every word in audio and video files, makes the files searchable in the same manner as text pages on the Web.

Available this fall, AOL's podcast search function will offer immediate access to every known podcaster's most current files and thousands of archived files, a vast library being added to each day, as well as AOL's podcast offerings and programming. The new search functions will be accessible through the AOL.com® portal (http://www.aol.com) and AOL Search (http://www.aolsearch.com). In addition to plans for enhanced podcast search, AOL.com has introduced an array of new features and programming (http://www.aol.com/podcasting), including a Podcasting 101 guide, designed to make it easy for listeners to discover, experience and download some of the web's most popular podcasts.

"AOL visitors will be able to search for content within podcast files just like they do for text within Web pages," said David J. Ives, president and chief executive officer of TVEyes, Inc., whose technology and company are behind Podscope. "Because of AOL's commitment to podcasting, consumer-created and broadcast media distributed as podcasts will gain truly global distribution."

"We're excited to work with Podscope to offer the unique capability to search within podcasts through our AOL.com Web portal and AOL Search," said Alex Blum, Vice President, Audience Product Management, for America Online. "This innovative search capability will enable podcast enthusiasts to sample relevant audio snippets using Spoken Word Indexing prior to subscribing to the podcast."

"As TV and radio migrate to the on-demand dynamic of podcasts on the Internet, new search tools are needed to make what will ultimately be billions of spoken words in millions of files accessible in a meaningful way," said Allen Weiner, research vice president at Gartner. "Indexing the spoken word has a profound impact on a consumer's ability to find what they want and get the most out of audio and video search."

About Podscope

Podscope (http://www.podscope.com), is the first and only search engine that creates a Spoken Word Index? for the entire content of podcasts - enabling the user to find the exact content that interests them, a technology which is also applicable to video blogs and personal videos. Podcasts are essentially downloadable radio programs that can be played on a digital media music player or PC. Podscope crawls the web looking for podcasts and creates an index against every word, thereby making the contents searchable. The user can search on a term, generate a list of results ranked by a variety of methods to find the most relevant podcast and click to play or click to download.  Podscope is a service of TVEyes Inc., headquartered in Fairfield, CT, which has been indexing television and radio broadcasts since 1999. It is the first company to deliver real-time TV and radio search across multiple languages on an international platform. More information on TVEyes can be found at http://www.tveyes.com or http://www.podscope.com


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