Friday, May 26, 2006

iAudioguide.com & Other Podcast Walking Tours

I recently received an email from Torsten Peters at iAudioguide.com with updated information about their free downloadable audio walking tours, which currently cover London, Barcelona, and Paris. Interestingly, he included a couple of competitor urls and told me that if I wanted more he would send them. I said yes, and boy was I surprised at the number of links he sent me. At some point, when I have some free time (ha!), I will write a review article on this topic, possibly for my journal, Tourism Geographies. But in the meantime, I wanted to share the links with all of you. Torsten noted that iAudioguide.com is free, while most of the others charge a fee for their downloads. If you know of any others that I should add to this list, send them to me (travelgeographer@gmail.com) and I will add them to this list.

Thanks to Torsten!

BTW - What should we be calling these? Auidoguides? Audiotours? Podguides? Podtours? ??

www.iAudioguide.com
www.soundtrek.org/ - Bangkok
www.podguides.net
www.parisaudioguides.com
www.bluebrolly.co.uk
www.dorlingkindersley-uk.co.uk/static/cs/uk/11/travel/podcast.html
www.visitscotland.com/sitewide/edinburghpodcast
www.talkingstreet.com/
www.footnotesaudiowalks.co.uk/
www.audiocitytour.com/
www.ijourneys.com/
www.ricksteves.com/news/travelnews/0602/audiotour.htm
NEW: Passport Guides for the PSP: http://psppassport.com/

related articles
www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/resources/st_travelswithipod0604/ipod.html
technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,16559,1681516,00.html
www.nytimes.com/2005/05/28/arts/design/28podc.html?ex=1274932800&en=db1ced6873dcc4b6&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
www.macnewsworld.com/story/50096.html
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0412/p13s01-litr.html
www.wired.com/news/wireless/0,1382,65945,00.html
tech.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_1089780.php/Portable_tourist_guides_now_in_service

7 comments:

Jocelyn said...

I think Podguides works well for naming these things. Great list you've got going.

Here are a few more (Soundwalk, etc.) in a blog post on finding solo time when traveling with friends or family... using podcasts and podguides to get some space on the road.

http://advisor.triphub.com/2006/05/find_solo_time_.html

Genevate said...

Have you guys used or heard of Audissey Guides?

These are some very great audio tours that are available currently for Boston and Chicago.

Check it out: www.audisseyguides.com

anastasia-rr said...

Podtours of various UK and European destinations at www.podtours.co.uk, with a focus on art and architecture

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City Stroller said...

Having discussed this industry a couple of years ago now, would it be worth having another look at it? There have been some serious developments in terms of the industry size, the form of the product, points of distribution and acknowledgement - for instance, Apple now mentions audio guides on its ipod site. I would also be interested to know what the popular term is for audio city guides (perhaps that's it?) and who is now considered the industry leaders.

Alan A. Lew said...

I agree. It is a topic that is ripe for an update... if I only had the time! :( -- Alan

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