I was just getting ready to dump the ALA District Dispatch feed into iTunes and/or just download their podcast… but I can’t.
Why? Well – first of all, there’s no direct link to the audio file in the post. And second – because it’s not a podcast (see Greg Schwartz’s way cool Podcasting: An Introduction for an in-depth explanation). A true podcast has an enclosure thingie embedded within the RSS feed that makes audio (and video) files recognizable to feed readers. This is especially useful with podcast aggregators like iTunes or Fireant – those podcast readers will automatically dump the podcast into your mp3 player of choice.
ALA – thank you, thank you, thank you for recording audio and sending it out on your blog. Now – go one tiny little extra step, and make that podcast available for download!