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BlogMatrix Releases Sparks! 2.0 for Podcasters

Software that records, shares, stores and plays back podcasts (March 28, 2005)

BlogMatrix is first to market with a integrated podcasting/podcatching application BlogMatrix Sparks! 2.0.?Sparks! is a one-stop solution that makes podcasting easy and affordable, says founder David Janes. ?It is the easiest way record, share, store and listen to podcasts. Now everybody can podcast.

With BlogMatrix Sparks! podcasters can:

  • Record podcasts directly on their computer with a microphone and a mouse click
  • Mix music with the podcast.
  • Record up to 8 tracks for a single podcast.
  • Automatically store their podcasts on the BlogMatrix server for others to enjoy

?Traditionally, potential podcasters have faced a couple of big challenges, says Janes. ?First, recording an audio file, mixing it to an MP3 and encoding into the proper notification formats is complicated and time consuming; secondly, the cost associated with storage and bandwidth are not only high but potentially open-ended. BlogMatrix Sparks! overcomes these challenges.

A podcast is an online audio file stored on a website that can be automatically downloaded to your iPod or other portable media player. It is an improvement over traditional online audio in that podcasts are easy to find and can be listened to at your convenience ?time shifted. As podcasts are usually encoded in MP3 format, they can also be listened to on any computer. The exponential increase in sales of MP3 players has lead to the wildfire spread of podcasting.

?Podcasting, like blogging, creates online communities where people can share their views, experiences and interests. The problem is that access to the community has been made difficult by technical and financial barriers, explains Janes. ?BlogMatrix Sparks! removes the barriers; it is no longer the domain of the technophile.

Sparks! is a great tool for bloggers who wants to add podcasts to their weblogs. It also allows for people to develop independent radio station program as well as a host of other applications, such as training and promotional messaging.

BlogMatrix Sparks truly is the one-stop solution with many other powerful features that go far beyond the basic podder:

  • Subscribe to podcasts being published on the BlogMatrix site or any other site.
  • Download podcasts to your computer and to your iPod or Windows Media compatible player
  • Sparks! records streaming radio, automatically converting the recording into a podcast. It is radio on demand.
  • Sparks! contains an integrated directory of all available podcasts allowing user to browse by category and tag.
  • Sparks! eliminates the need for subscribers to find a hosting service for their own podcasts or to understand XML or other technologies. It is a point and click system.
  • Sparks! is a full fledged weblog aggregator and newsfeed reader. The newsfeed reader is a hidden gem. It is a neat tool that tracks newspapers and newswires for the user. It allows you to read a lot of news without jumping from site to site.
  • Sparks! organizes the information users are interested in. Essentially, it organizes the media side of the web. Audio, blogs, news, are organized by category and automatically updated.

BlogMatrix Sparks! can be downloaded from

Sparks! is inexpensive coming in three packages:

Price: $5 one time activation/software fee, with a 4 week free trial
Disk Space: 150 Mb
Torrent Downloads: Unlimited
MP3 Downloads: 500 Mb/month
MP3 uploads: 4 per day

Price: $5/month or $50/year (activation/software fee included)
Disk Space: 400 Mb
Torrent Downloads: Unlimited
MP3 Downloads: 2.5 Gb/month
MP3 uploads: 8per day
Price: $10/month or $100/year (activation/software fee included)
Disk Space: 1000 Mb
Torrent Downloads: Unlimited
MP3 Downloads: 15 Gb/month
MP3 uploads: 16/day
For users who require more disk space BlogMatrix is flexible and can build a plan to suit their needs.

Sparks!, BaseCaster, MasterCaster and BlasterCaster are all trademarks of BlogMatrix.

For more information, visit

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