There is a part of me that would love to put together an alternate podcast directory to Apple’s.
Apple has given so much to the podcasting community, but you never know how long they’ll continue to make it freely available. Remember, they’re a services company now.
The service I’m thinking of would provide a shared web crawler, Administrative UI, and a nice Dashboard for supporters and advertisers. It would also have its own API and provide one compatible with Apple’s offering.
I don’t think it should be run by an individual, or a small company. It should be a cooperative, supported by the podcasting applications and podcasters using it.
Another thing that could fall out of it is an ads business that small podcasters and podcast app creators could take advantage of.
Maybe that’s just too much to expect from a small collective of podcasters and podcast app makers?
Just a thought I needed to get out of my brain.