Prestopod launches Podcasting Service for Radio Stations

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Free beta service introduces all-in-one solution for podcast creation, hosting, and distribution

Prestopod, a new podcasting service for radio stations, debuted today in beta. Prestopod’s all-in-one offering, which will help community and independent radio stations reach a wider audience of music lovers, is designed to be simple, fast and cost-effective. Anyone with an existing online radio program can use prestopod to make podcasts of programs available to listeners—quickly, simply, and, during the beta period, for free. Prestopod will create and host podcasts of the programs, list them in podcast directories, and report usage statistics. Listeners can subscribe to programs with a single click, and automatically download each new episode to listen to at their convenience.

"Station managers are busy enough running their radio stations, and they just don't have the time to research and implement new technologies. Prestopod takes care of the technology, and lets the station managers do what they do best: run stations," said Luke Knowland, Chief Technologist at prestopod.

The community of podcast listeners, estimated by the Pew Internet & American Life Project (April 2005) as over 6 million, is expected to grow dramatically after the launch today of Apple’s iTunes 4.9, which includes support for podcasts. Existing iTunes users and the estimated 22 million owners of iPods and other portable MP3 players are likely to try podcasts, which allow users to automatically download favorite radio programs and other audio files to be stored and listened to on demand.

For a limited time, radio show producers will be able to try prestopod for free. A simple set up process at will register beta users to have podcasts of their radio programs automatically created. Prestopod will host the podcasts, market them in podcast directories, and offer usage statistics to the show producers.

About prestopod

Prestopod offers community radio stations, independent broadcasters, and other radio show producers an easy, cost-effective way to reach a wide audience of podcast listeners. For a flat monthly fee, prestopod will create, host, market and manage podcasts of radio programs.

Prestopod is a production of Zilonis, Inc.

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