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Podcasting -- how many of you listen them?

By Andrew Pollack on 05/18/2006 at 07:39 PM EDT

I've been invited to take part in (or be interviewed on, or something somewhere in between) a podcast this week. I'm curious as to how many of you listen to them. Drop me and email or respond here and let me know. Its an odd medium that I have to admit doesn't hold a lot of interest (as a blogger) for me in its current format. I've never actualy listened to one until today when I reviewed a few of the site that I'll be talking to.

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I listen to one podcast...By Rob McDonagh on 05/18/2006 at 08:49 PM EDT
...and I think it's the one you're talking about. Otherwise, I can't find the
time or the inclinations. I can read much more quickly than anyone but an
auctioneer can speak, and it is a lot easier to filter written words than
spoken ones. So I'm not a big fan, and I need a pretty darn good reason to
listen to one. On the other hand, clearly I'm missing something, because there
is a huge podcasting phenomenon going on out there. So obviously *somebody*
listens more than I do...
My own thoughts on this are...By Bruce Elgort on 05/18/2006 at 11:14 PM EDT
Podcasts are over rated :-). Episode 20 of the Taking Notes podcast is now up
on the site for your listening pleasure. You did very well Mr. Pollack.


The "other" Bruce :-)
Same here ....By Jens on 05/19/2006 at 12:09 AM EDT
... and I avoid Webcasts too. Me too am rather looking for written information,
with the same reasons: You are able to filter the content, skip things you have
known for years, and you can go through written text at your own pace, at the
time that fits your schedule instead of beeing bound either to a "time of
service" or the time to concentrate you on hearing/watching whatever ...cast
you are interested in.
My own thoughts on this are...By Scott Gentzen on 05/19/2006 at 07:14 AM EDT
I posted a list of some of my favorite podcasts on my blog in March this year.

Taking Notes is in that list. I just pulled the new one this morning so I'll
be listening to it on the way to work.

I have 24 podcasts subscribed right now. I've added a couple since March.
Most of them aren't very regular so the load isn't too heavy to knock the queue
out during the week on my 2-hours a day commute.

I have a couple management and technical podcasts that I listen to for my own
professional development and for keeping informed about my industry. The music
ones are geared towards finding interesting music that I haven't heard before.
I'd rather listen to a song that I don't like that I've never heard than to
listen to a song that I like that I've heard 1000 times.
I listen on the trainBy on 05/19/2006 at 08:02 AM EDT
pretty much everyone who commutes to London has an MP3 player of some sort (the
iPod is massively popular). I listen to radio programmes like the Today show
from BBC radio 4, and the "Open Source" radio show from NPR. I have also set up
a podcast of my own called the Kiddiecast for the A Story For Bedtime project.
Setting up the podcast got the site a lot of attention, and a lot of downloads.
There are oodles of podcast directory sites, if you google for kiddiecast it
will show lots of links, which will probably improve the google rankings of the
site itself, so having the podcast is generally good for my site I think.
Podcasts are for when reading is not possible...By Joe Litton on 05/19/2006 at 08:17 AM EDT
Reading is faster and searchable, and so is more efficient when possible. I
listen to podcasts when I'm on the treadmill and while commuting (on the days
when I have to commute). The podcasts I listen to the most are Democracy Now,
Security Now, and Taking Notes. There are a few others that are infrequently
updated, but I subscribe via iTunes to catch them when updated.

If one REALLY wants to reach the widest audience, a written transcript of the
podcast should be posted, including references/links, and RSS feeds of the
audio and text. The tough part is the time it takes to produce the transcript.
My own thoughts on this are...By Don McNally on 05/22/2006 at 08:39 AM EDT
It's funny that you mention this here because I just did the same thing last
week ( I find podcasts
are good for when I can't read: mowing the lawn, commuting, riding a bike, etc.

I never really thought about Joe's idea of a transcript, but most podcasters
have "show notes" where they post links to sites/things that are mentioned in
the podcast.

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