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I've been playing with Podbop some, and it's pretty damn cool. Like most great ideas, it can be summed up really simply. You tell the site where you live, and it returns a list of bands coming to your area sorted by date, with venue information, and MP3s of their music. You can either play songs in the Podbop interface, or download the MP3. It uses the Eventful API to grab event information, and gets the MP3s from band and label sites.

But that's not the best part.

The best part is that you can subscribe to the feed to get all that info podcast to you. Here's the feed for San Francisco, for example.

Give it a shot with your town, it's pretty neat.

It also got me thinking about the way podcasts are organized on the iTunes Music Store. It's quite easy to add geographic information to a feed. My site feed has gps data embedded in it, for example. There should be a way to search the iTunes Music Store's podcast page for feeds based on their location. It's such a no-brainer, and uses information that a lot of feeds are already publishing anyway.

In fact, I'd so like to do this that I hope somebody makes me look like a dumb-ass by showing me exactly how it can be done in the iTMS.

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