WHAT IS IT?
Big Contact launched April 11, 2005 as a) a publishing tool where anyone
could publish an mp3 blog, podcast, news feed, and radio channel b) a
podcast and mp3 blog directory c) a place to subscribe and play podcasts,
mp3 blogs and news feeds c) an independent streaming podcast player for
podcasters d) a place for musicians to promote their music and e) a place
to find podsafe music and one-click the songs directly to your podcast
(hence becoming a PodJay).
Big Contact is the brain child of independent musician and developer Nat
Guy along with fellow independent musician and developer Alex Tween and
developer Alex Motzenbecker.
Big Contact was the first to offer some of the services mentioned above
and we continue to lead with feature-rich products. One such product is
the streaming podcast player, the Feed Player (www.FeedPlayer.com).
The Feed Player streaming podcast player was the first streaming podcast
player. It provides shownotes, doesn't need any downloading or set up
beyond feeding it a podcast feed. You can add it to your site with a simple
copy and pasting of html.
In July 2005 Big Contact created a custom version of the Feed Player for
GarageBand.com's podcast service. Walt Mossberg commented on the ease
of use of the player in The Wall Street Journal: "[W]e could hear
our recordings right away. With a little knowledge, you can post this
tiny player directly into the HTML version of a text blog... It works
so that users can hear the podcast as soon as the site opens. "
We have just released some new features on the site, freshened up the
design and released a version 2 of the Feed Player. New features of the
Feed Player include the ability to subscribe to the podcast directly in
the player, and the coolest feature: the "Share This Podcast Feature"
whereby listeners can become sydicators of your show. Listeners help podcasters
promote the show by easily adding the podcast to their own site or inside
a social network.
We hope to be adding many more features as time goes on. Please email
us if you have thoughts, concerns, suggestions or rants.
Nat is a web designer and developer who started a small design
shop Big Code in
Brooklyn in 2000 and whose sites have been featured in various international
design publications including Taschen's 1000 Favorite Websites volume.
He is also a musician, cofounding The
Last Town Chorus and currently with the project Argentine.
He is the creator and one of the operators of the podcast/mp3 blog/online
radio hybrid Hellthy
Entertainment. He graduated from the School Of Visual Arts in New
York City in 2000.
Alex Tween is a developer, musician (the
Forms) and runs the Threespheres
label. He graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1998
with Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors.
Alex Moztenbecker runs M
Studio and focuses on development using Macromedia's Flash. Alex graduated
with Nat at S.V.A.