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January 11, 2005

podSites - a slice of the web for your iPod

A few weeks back we published our CSS Guide as a "podGuide", specially for reading on your iPod. And as mentioned elsewhere, the response was quite extraordinary.

In the wake of that, Russ Weakley, who we organized the Web Essentials conference with in September last year and I spent a fevered few days brainstorming and prototyping, and the result is podSites

Think of podSites as an equation

iPod Notes + podCasting = podSites

The site has detailed information on how to develop podSites, and how to publish them using podCasting. It also features a podSite directory where you can submit your own podSites, or download podsites published by others, and a very cool podSite emulator, that takes your content and shows you what it will look like on an iPod.

So get on over and start podSiting :-)


oh yeah, and a better year all round to all in 2005. Last year was not one of the best.

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Congratulations on this, I'm an avid reader on the Palm already, so it was no big leap for me, but now that, as far as I can tell, everyone on the planet has an iPod, it's turning out to be a very interesting new platform.

I might translate some open-source literature when I get a moment. Short stories would be ideal.

Oh by the way, I think you should consider linking to Apple's official documentation at http://developer.apple.com/hardware/ipod/ -- pity it's in PDF. Hmm. Now there's a document that'd be useful to put on your iPod...

Posted by: john | Jan 11, 2005 10:39:37 AM

Thanks for pointing out the Apple docs. We got some of our info from them. Like how you can't link to the Notes Folder from a Note!

Sadly, they are copyright Apple, so we can't just turn them into a podSite (derivative work).

But listen up apple, how about all your tech docs as podSites


Posted by: John Allsopp | Jan 11, 2005 10:45:07 AM

"they are copyright Apple, so we can't just turn them into a podSite "

Man that stinks.

Posted by: joe | Jan 15, 2005 8:10:31 AM


not really, any work is copyright. No one has the right to reproduce or make a derivative work of someone elses copyrigth work without permission.

Applies to virtually every work on earth.


Posted by: John Allsopp | Jan 15, 2005 8:16:15 AM

Might be useful to have a look at www.gutenberg.org. The free eBooks in the Gutenberg Project is copyrighted but nowhere does it say that you can't covert them. Just as long as one keeps their copyright notice intact it would be fine.

Posted by: Johan Ferreira | Jan 15, 2005 10:05:03 AM


I am planning alittle tool that takes large text files, like Gutenberg ebooks, and automatically converts them into podsites, copletely with navigation, etc. Stay tuned

In the meantime, if anyon wants to play around with creating podsites, I suggest grabbing some famous Gutenberg texts and giving it awhorl. They have alist of the most popular

Just be sure to follow their attribution


Posted by: John Allsopp | Jan 15, 2005 10:10:49 AM

John, when are you planning the tool for large text files? I'm really interested :))
Ryan http://www.astra-design.com

Posted by: Ryan, Web Designer | Jan 18, 2005 5:52:42 AM


we have quite a few things in the pipeline for phase 2 of podsitres, inclduing a tool for creating posutes automagically, an RSS2 feed for podsites at our directory, a new page and moe,

stay tuned,


Posted by: John Allsopp | Jan 22, 2005 11:38:06 AM