Astronomy Media Player

Over the past couple of weeks I've been playing with an idea I had. There are quite a few astronomy podcasts (and video podcasts) around these days and I thought it would be nice if they could be brought together and made searchable.

As a first step towards that aim, I've made a test version of an Astronomy Media Player (AMP) which is partly influenced by things like the BBC's Radio Player. The AMP currently features 20 podcasts and lets you play them within a web browser window using the Flash plugin (for the MP3s) and the Quicktime plugin (for the MP4 video). Each podcast gets its own page and the player will display the latest 20 episodes of each. Appropriate links to the media files and back to the podcast's homepage are also included. Eventually, I would also include a search feature to find content but this is just a test of the basic concept. Try it out:

launch AMP

Is it useful or was it a complete waste of my time? Are there any problems with it? Are there any good astronomy podcasts that I've missed out? Do you have a better name for it than Astronomy Media Player? I would appreciate any feedback good or bad (leave in the comments below), especially about usability.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 30th Oct 2006 (19:14 GMT) | Permalink
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