Short story of Podcast Generator
The original idea of Podcast Generator came from Marco Lazzari, associate professor of computer science at the University of Bergamo (Italy), in December 2005. He wanted to distribute podcast lectures to his students.
For this reason, Alberto Betella (who, at that time, was a student of prof. Lazzari) started the development of a web-based application that would allow teachers and educators to easily create a podcast by simply uploading multimedia content ("as if it was a webmail attachment") without the need to deal with technicalities, such as RSS feed creation and update.
Podcast Generator was first released in April 2006 under an open source license and gave life to "Pluriversiradio", one of the the first academic podcasts in Europe. The idea was pioneer at that time if one considers that iTunes U, a service by Apple to distribute educational content in podcasting, wouldn't be announced until one year later.
Today Podcast generator has been downloaded more than 131k times from Sourceforge servers, it counts several thousands of users and it has been cited in a number of scientific publications and books.