Mail & Guardian’s new daily podcast

Mail & Guardian has just launched a new daily podcast called the Lunchtime News Wrap. So what is this podcast all about:

The M&G Online provides a short midday podcast of the main news stories of the day, Monday to Friday, covering local, international, business, sport and Africa news.

The episodes are pretty short (around 2 to 3 minutes and under 1MB) are basically an audio equivalent of the SABC’s News in 60 seconds. So these are great little episodes you can download around lunchtime or so and quickly catch up on the day’s news. The first episode is available for download. You can also subscribe to the feed.

I just listened to the first episode and it is a great idea although the sound quality could be better. I guess there is a tension between a small download and better audio quality (which means bigger file sizes). In terms of content you have everything from news to sport to weather for the day. This is a great idea and blurs the lines between regular broadcast radio and time-shifted audio shows.


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Paul

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  1. Hi Paul,

    We just upped the quality a bit so the files are now in the 1.2Mb range, which is about 300kb bigger than we wanted. The quality is much better though, so I think its a worthy trade-off.

  2. Hi Paul,

    We just upped the quality a bit so the files are now in the 1.2Mb range, which is about 300kb bigger than we wanted. The quality is much better though, so I think its a worthy trade-off.

  3. Hi Paul,

    We just upped the quality a bit so the files are now in the 1.2Mb range, which is about 300kb bigger than we wanted. The quality is much better though, so I think its a worthy trade-off.

  4. Hi Paul,

    We just upped the quality a bit so the files are now in the 1.2Mb range, which is about 300kb bigger than we wanted. The quality is much better though, so I think its a worthy trade-off.

  5. Hey Vincent

    Good move. You also mentioned to me earlier that you switched to mono so the file size should be back down (unless I am missing something). This is quite cool man!

  6. Hey Vincent

    Good move. You also mentioned to me earlier that you switched to mono so the file size should be back down (unless I am missing something). This is quite cool man!

  7. Hey Vincent

    Good move. You also mentioned to me earlier that you switched to mono so the file size should be back down (unless I am missing something). This is quite cool man!

  8. Hey Vincent

    Good move. You also mentioned to me earlier that you switched to mono so the file size should be back down (unless I am missing something). This is quite cool man!

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