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Another useful source of info might be the RSS-DEV mailing list:
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> Apologies, but this may seem a rather low-level question for this list.
> I have previously been mostly a happy lurker.
> I have lately been looking into this phenomenon of the growing interest
> in podcasting (or whatever casting seems to be the preferred term).
> I understand that basically podcasting is the ability to mix audio feeds
> via MP3s within RSS. Could anyone here please let me know anything
> similar to the following areas?:
> 1.Are there various methods to accomplish the mixture of the sound and
> XML, or more to the point, have there been any studies into the
> efficiency of the server/database used or the bandwidth consumed?
> 2.Would one platform be considered better than another (Apache/Linux,
> Mac, Win)?
> 3.Has anyone ever heard of a best practices relative to podcasting?
> 4.Would there be such a thing as an "industrial-strength" podcast server?
> Any help would be very greatly appreciated.
> Daniel Smith
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