Having just come back from holiday, I fired up iTunes hoping to get a new JavaCast that I could listen to on the way to work. If you've not heard of it before, the JavaCast was a podcast dedicated to news and views within the Java industry. I say "was" because after only a few episodes, the JavaCast has been discontinued. On the whole the JavaCast was pretty good. Released on a weekly basis, it had a good overview of the major news stories for the week, some of which I'd read about and some which I hadn't. The interviews were good too, with the Bruce Tate one providing some interesting insight into lightweight development techniques. My only real negatives are that it was sometimes a bit ranty and the podcasts tended to be on the long side - I think an hour is too long for a podcast.
Anyway, hopefully something similar will be revived soon, but this got me thinking. Putting together a podcast is a lot of work for one or two people and I wonder whether an open source contributor style model could be applied successfully here, helping to share out the load. A podcast by the community for the community. Perhaps a java.net podcast?