CNET reports that Voice-over-IP service Skype is being used for P2P filesharing and Skype-casting.
There's a growing number of people sharing their iPod digital music using freely available software and Skype, a free Internet phone service.
The enthusiasts are borrowing heavily from another personal broadcasting phenomenon called podcasting, in which digital recordings are posted on a Web site for download to Apple's popular digital music players. Skypecasters, as they call themselves, use Skype's peer-to-peer telephone network to distribute recordings over the Internet directly to each other for free.
Anectdotal evidence suggests Skypecasters are becoming more widespread, although one user wisecracks that the level amount of required technical know-how makes it "not for mere mortals." Yet the "implications are very disruptive," writes the SkypeJournal, a well-known Web community that provides Skypecast instructions. "Many Skypers want to record their Skype conversations and turn them into podcasts."
Other possibilities discussed by Skypecasters at Unbound Spiral or Moodle are to turn your iPod into a radio station for any of Skype's 29 million registered users to dial up using their Skype line. There's also instructions available on how to record your own soap opera and use Skype to distribute it en masse. Even more ominously, some Skypecasters record Skype calls and post them on the Internet.