I've seen a couple major blogs use YouTube just to stream audio, which really begs the question why can't you just upload an audio file to YouTube? Read on for what such a web app could be like.
In the examples I saw of YouTube videos essentially being used just for audio, the authors created a video with just static images and the audio. That way there was something in that big YouTube video block, than just a black space. Of course, it would really be ideal if you could just upload an audio file alone to YouTube and have it converted into a Flash file with player controls just like a YouTube video. And it would really be fantastic if those uploaded sound clips could be organized into a playlist and PodCast. Such a web app would really make PodCasting much more accessible to a ton of people who don't know the first thing about RSS feeds and all the other stuff you need to create a proper PodCast.
- A user creates an account and then is able to upload audio files to the server.
- The audio file is converted to Flash format with playback controls, just like a YouTube video.
- The audio file in flash format can then be embedded in a page, again just like a YouTube video.
- The audio can be added to a playlist which also generates an RSS feed.
- The user should then be able to submit the RSS feed to iTunes and other PodCast directories.
Anyways, if something like this already exists please leave a comment, I'd love to check it out.