Splashcast MyPodcastNetwork is a new web-based RSS media player, kind of like a web-based podcatcher (without the downloading).
Widgets like Box allow you to place media files in a public space where they will appear in a widget, from here people can play or perhaps download the media files, this widget also has an RSS feed…Grazr also has media playing capabilities.
Then you have live widgets like kyte, cellblock and pickle where the latest photo’s you add to your user space appear live in the widget, I like the idea of real-time favourites of media clips in a widget.
The new player from Splashcast is a bit different, it is basicallly a media RSS Reader with widget available, so whatever items appear in your media feed subscriptions (channel) will appear in your widget, where people can play them directly from a startpage, blog sidebar, etc… Add feeds or check out their catalogue.
Since your RSS channel player has it’s own feed you could even subscribe to someone else’s channel as a feed within your channel.
Is Splashcast the new and improved Odeo…don’t forget the main deal with Splashcast was you could mash up media to create video stories, montage, clips…with these new enhancements thay are really leading the consumer media game, perhaps this is some sort of share feature that could have been offered by democracy and others, I think vodpod has RSS media player widgets.
Anyway the main deal is if you want to share your favourite items, or share the latest items from your media feed subscriptions, a media player widget is the way to go.
Widgets aside, is Splashcast a web-based Podcatcher, that is you don’t have to download an application and further more you probably are less inclined to download shows as streaming is becoming more advanced, this way you can play shows and favourite them in your personal collection instead of saving them (download).
But what about if you want to watch/listen on your mobile device, this is where Splashcast needs a mobile version for web-enabled devices, but then can mobile’s stream well enough…obviously the future is headed this way (web synching, streaming…no need to download).