Catching On To The Combination Of RSS And BitTorrent
from the seeing-the-power dept
Well, that didn't take long. Wired News is already reporting about Andrew Grumet quick and dirty demo of a combination of RSS and BitTorrent - something we were just discussing last week. It will be interesting to see how the major media players respond (if at all). What this does, is offer them an easy way to offer up online content to users (whether you're a big, small or almost non-existent media player). It has two major benefits: (1) it follows much more of a "push" model of content delivery, where a user receives any new content when it's released and (2) whoever publishes the content does not get hit with insane bandwidth use. Of course, if history is any indication, the major media companies will completely ignore the benefits, and jump to the conclusion that this is just another "tool for piracy" - which would be an unfortunate view of the technology (which actually isn't all that useful for illegally sharing files). Of course, the other interesting thing to watch is how many other companies start to copy this idea with BitTorrent-like distribution systems. There's no reason this specifically needs to be done with BitTorrent - and having some other options (perhaps ones that are easier to set up and understand) could help drive adoption even more.