Wednesday, December 1

RSS & Bit Torrent - Content distribution gets interesting

A good primer by Karl Bode over at on the early evolution of Bittorrent and RSS including some name droping and pointers to some of the early adopters and innovators. It would appear to be written on or before March 12th of this year.

Many bloggers are thinking of combining these two technologies in order to create the perfect content delivery system. Since a Steve Gilmour column for Ziff-Davis last December, the discussion has spread like a virus among many bloggers (Techdirt, Ernest Miller, and even ex-Tech TV host Chris Pirillo, for example). However it's Scott Raymond whose entry best explains what has everyone excited:

"I want RSS feeds of BitTorrent files. A script would periodically check the feed for new items, and use them to start the download. Then, I could find a trusted publisher of an Alias RSS feed, and ?subscribe? to all new episodes of the show, which would then start downloading automatically ? like the ?season pass? feature of the TiVo."

...Despite ample discussion, one of the first practical applications of this idea has only surfaced this month. Programmer Andrew Grumet has announced the release of a beta version of an RSS+BitTorrent integration tool for Radio Userland's news aggregator, available (with additional detail) here.

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