There is an interesting article in the February issue of Fast Company magazine ("An Unlikely Story: Tech Where You Least Expect It"), about the amazingly successful free podcast of the classical concert series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Did I mention free? In September and October alone they recorded 40,500 downloads, from 83 countries. Fast Company reports this as one of the most popular classical podcasts to date: these podcasts typically generate 5 to 10,000 downloads per month.
"We’re aiming at a young audience, and there is an amazing amount of very cool classical music out there that needs to be heard," said Scott Nickrenz, the sixty-year-old music director at the Gardener.[Note that a couple of the podcasts in the Archive feature pianist Jeremy Denk -- Ed.]
In a related techie vein, courtesy of Tyler at Modern Art Notes, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam also has a free download, the Rijkswidget, which puts an image from their collection on your desktop. It changes daily: it's a great idea and another way for artists or groups to share images.