Yahoo Podcasting and Media Tagging Patent Applications

I haven’t spend hadn’t spent a lot of time at Yahoo Podcasts, but it looks looked interesting (the service closed in October, 2007).

This method of delivering audio information saw a great surge of usage in 2000, with a number of online news agencies making audio broadcasts available to their visitors. Video has also become pretty popular on the Web.

Twelve new patent applications from Yahoo focus on a wide number of topics involving podcasts and video, including a podcast search engine, sending podcasts out to mobile devices, tagging podcasts and pictures and media files, advertising in podcasts and media, using location tags within different media, and a recommendation system for media files.

Systems and methods are provided for subscribing to podcast feeds from a single location. A server-based search engine is provided that identifies podcasts located throughout a network that are available to a user’s rendering device and presents the user with a user interface from which the user can search for podcasts, subscribe to an identified podcast, listen to an identified podcast, or obtain additional information related to an identified podcast.

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