Aside from joining the app because you love podcasts, it may interest you because it has some cool tech behind it. ie) Echo is not a podcast player, but we connect to your podcast player. We give every user their own unique podcast feed, generated with a list of every episode that they want to listen to. This feed can be added to your podcast player just like any other podcast feed. When a user finds an episode on Echo, they just have to tap a button and it will be ready in their podcast player from them to listen to it. Try it out, it's pretty slick in my opinion.
Similar solutions have been built, for instance, Patreon generates custom feeds for podcasts which include episodes available only to paid users. However, this is the first time users have the ability to generate a custom podcast feed, for themselves.
You can not trademark echo for different areas. And podcast is different.
This way of reasoning makes me speachless.
P.s. goodreads might be a case though.
Amazon has very generic trademarks on the word echo. Podcasts are a recorded format meant for playback that provides commentary on different categories. Amazon definitely holds trademarks on these types of areas. That said, I'm not a lawyer so I can't speak to how much issue the overlap would cause but regardless Amazon has billions of dollars and could walk all over anyone they want so I'm pretty sure if this got bigger and they took issue with the use of the name Echo they could cause a lot of hell.
In fact amazon can't have (generic 'echo' word trademark) and does not have it in any sane part of world. All sane states do not allow generic trademark on common word.
My speechless was (and still is) about how much brainwashed must we be to consider it fine, normal and to actually defend such practice. Yuck.
By the way, Apple Computer (now just Apple) was sued by Apple Corps and had to pay $80k, and that was in England, not in the US.
There is another app called "Breaker" which I think is similar which I have tried. Breaker is a bit buggy and there isn't enough of a network yet to up-vote episodes and make the discovery valuable.
Whoever can get a big network of users and some solid auto-suggestion intelligence included will win this space.
Biggest annoyance for me thus far is loading speed. It always takes at least a second or so to load up a page. Seems like a small thing but it has an impact overall.
I started something similar, almost a "Book Club for Podcasts" that stemmed off this Twitter thread (https://twitter.com/daveambrose/status/918124906092597248). We organize discussions in a Google Group but this looks like it's much more automatic than the manual curation piece we use.
I would have given the site a spin. Maybe it makes a good impression, maybe not; that'd influence whether I then sign-up. I'm not downloading an app just to see if it's any good.
- Twitter auth requests the ability to send posts, an easy no
- signing up with email, you require an avatar picture. just use a placeholder
- can't test drive anonymously
More specifically, I want to:
1. Enter (or click on) a person’s name, and see every associated podcast episode,
2. For any podcast, and podcast episode, see every associated person, including their role (host, guest, producer),
3. Search a speech-to-text corpus of the conversations,
4. List of sponsors for every episode.
Unfortunately, the value is in the execution. I don’t want to bash podchaser, which is clearly labeled as being in beta, but:
1. I don’t like its emphasis on the user community — interacting with other podcast listeners feels like a dud
2. Its search results are poor, IMHO.
I hope you make good progress!!
Unfortunately I can't install it right now (my Android version is too old, eh), but when I finally upgrade I'll definitively try it.
That means nothing, capitalists are happy to take your money by selling you propaganda against themselves. Those shirts with the Che made some people very rich. It's what makes it so resilient, compared to other systems, and why it won world dominance.
Echo doesn’t appear as a share option when I export from Pocket Casts, anything I can do about that?