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Survey Finds College Students Thirsty for Podcasts to Aid Learning

Anaheim, CA (June 25, 2007)--D&M Professional, parent company of Denon Professional and Marantz Professional, announced that its Education Solutions Division (ESD) recently released market research on the current and future direction of recording technologies/podcasting and their effect on teaching and the learning experience.
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Anaheim, CA (June 25, 2007)--D&M Professional, parent company of Denon Professional and Marantz Professional, announced that its Education Solutions Division (ESD) recently released market research on the current and future direction of recording technologies/podcasting and their effect on teaching and the learning experience.

A study sponsored by D&M Professional (performed by MPR: Market Position Research) found that 88 percent of students surveyed indicated that they were extremely or very likely to use podcasting if offered to assist in their learning process. The study also found that currently only 25 percent of universities surveyed were using recording equipment that supports podcasting technologies for downloading classes and lectures.

The survey data, gathered at 12 private and public Midwestern universities, also confirmed that an overwhelming percentage (90 percent) of students who did utilize podcast lectures believed the audio recordings assisted them in the learning process, while 100 percent felt the use of podcasts had a positive impact on their overall grades. Additionally, students indicated their attendance would not be affected if podcasts of classes and lectures were made available in audio/video and the materials would be used as a supplemental learning tool.

The survey also found that students who recorded classes using a personal recording device within the last 12 months were not happy with the quality of the recording, suggesting that a professional recording with higher quality sound would be preferable.

"The higher education market is clearly ready for aggressive adoption of podcasting technologies," said Peter Papageorge, director of sales for D&M Professional. "Students regularly use supporting equipment - iPods, other brands of MP3 players, PCs, laptops and high-speed Internet. In addition, a majority of students in the study reported that their professors already post class and lecture notes online. We believe the adoption of regular professional recording of classes is the next logical step."

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