FamilyFriendlyPodcasts.com Provides Safe-Haven for Podcast Listeners

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Over 6 million people have downloaded podcasts, but many people receive quite a shock when they realize the podcast is "R" or "X" rated. FamilyFriendlyPodcasts.com is a directory of podcasts without foul language, sexual situations or positive drug promotion, with sample podcasts for each show.

According to an April 2005 study by Pew Internet & American Life Project , “More than 22 million American adults own iPods or MP3 players and 29% of them have downloaded podcasts from the Web so that they could listen to audio files at a time of their choosing. That amounts to more than 6 million adults who have tried this new feature that allows internet “broadcasts” to be downloaded onto their portable listening device.”

That’s the good news. The bad news is that many podcasters, in their enthusiasm to exercise their freedom of speech (and freedom from FCC regulations), have chosen to create programs with adult content and language. That is why 1st Podcast Publishing, the first Family-Friendly Podcasting Station, has created FamilyFriendlyPodcasts.com their newest service - a no-cost, ‘safe for the whole family’ Podcast Directory in podcast format, which will allow listeners to sample previewed podcasts prior to subscribing.

Podcasting is still in its infancy. Podcasts are like internet radio shows that people can download and listen to on portable players, like iPods and MP3 players. People utilize podcasting as an excellent tool in combination with blogging (web logging) to help increase search engine ranking. For example, when 1st Podcast Publishing’s Comedy Clip of the Week was converted from an audio blog into a podcast, hits went from less than 100 to 2000 in 2 weeks.

“One podcaster listed in our Directory made an interesting observation”, says Penny Haynes, President of 1st Podcast Publishing. “He stated that podcasts seemed to be divided into two groups: “R” and “X” rated podcasts, and religious podcasts, with very little in between. FamilyFriendlyPodcasts.com wants to fill that gap by providing an oasis of safe programming. The podcasts listed in FamilyFriendlyPodcasts.com will be free of foul language, sexual situations, and positive drug promotion. Both listeners and podcasters who are concerned about the usage of ‘adult language and situations’ in podcast programs will have a place to post and review shows.”

Listeners can search through the alphabetical directory at http://www.FamilyFriendlyPodcasts.com, or they can subscribe to the “Latest Listing” podcast version at http://www.FamilyFriendlyPodcast.com.

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