Before iTunes 4.9 added podcasting support I didn’t listen to all that much content. It was too difficult and scattered to keep track of the podcasts, and I only found the ones that were mentioned on some random blog. I followed the TWiT Cast and that was it. With iTunes though, my list of shows has grown substantially. At the moment I’m following Diggnation, Engadget, Gillmore Gang, The MacCast, MAKE, Battlestar Galactica, NPR Science Friday, Chris Pirillo and I’m still with the TWiTs.
I’m wondering for how long I can keep up with all the audio (I already don’t listen to every file I download) and what’s going to be first to be removed from my list. As far as I can tell from other people’s experiences it’s not uncommon to subscribe to a dozen feeds and whittle that down to 3-4 after a while.
Like every company wanting to push a product, Apple had good self-centric motives on adding support for podcasts. An average song is what? 2, 4 minutes max? But podcasts can go on for 30 minutes to an hour or more (damn long-winded GillmoreGang). If we’re just talking music moving from house to car is no big deal. I’m not involved in listening to music – it’s in the background so walking out on a song is easy. Podcasts though, it’s a show and I want to keep listening to that conversation wherever I go until the show is done.
Every time I have to pause a podcast because I have to take my dog on a walk, every time I have pause to go to work I get a twinge of frustration and irritation that I can’t keep listening to my show.
That twinge of frustration is immediately followed by the desire for an iPod.
And now they’ve got color screens (not like that has anything at all to do with podcasting, but dang it’s cool).
I’ll be placing an iPod order sometime soon.