More than a decade ago, the Web promised to make everyone a publisher. Now an Australian company wants to make everyone a podcaster.
Rode Microphones is manufacturing the "Rode USB Podcaster," which Popgadget describes as "a broadcast-quality microphone that doesn't need any special cables, drivers or other doodads." It's not the first pod-mic, of course, but Rode is trying to make the whole process a lot easier.
In addition to building volume control and headphone jack directly into the $195 microphone, Rode also hosts a site where podcasters can post their files. Just don't expect it to make you sound like Orson Welles on the first try.