Feb 7 2016
I’ve been listening to podcast since early 2005. In that time I’ve seen podcasting go from the fringe with only independent producers to a highly commercial industry. There are still independent podcasters out there, but looking at the top podcasts in iTunes the list is dominated by commercial productions.
In the early days I listened to podcast when ever I was at the computer or in the car. So I listened to lots of podcasts. Currently I listen to them when I am commuting alone, either on public transportation, or driving alone in the car.
I’ve never liked podcasts that go ever an hour in length, just too long to listen to. I have quit listening to a few podcasts that started out under a half an hour in length when they became over an hour , sometimes two hours . The only exception to this is music podcasts, but even then once they get to be over two hours I’m ready for a change.
I’ve used a variety of software to download podcasts (podcatcher). I don’t remember what I used at first, it might have been MediaRiver’s Jukebox, since that is what I was using to sync my iPod at the time. Once I got an iPhone I flitted around from podcatcher to podcatcher. It seemed each one needed to much handholding to download new episodes and delete episodes only once they had been listened to, and to sort them all in the order they were released, not by podcast. I finally settled on Downcast it has done everything I want it to, in and easy to manage way. It’s not the most popular app but it works for me.
I haven’t used Apple’s built in podcast app or pod catching functions in iTunes since podcasts were added to iTunes. When I went back to using an iPhone in January I decided to give all of Apple’s apps a try to see how everything works together, so far I haven’t been impressed, but I am committed to trying them until the end of February.
I regularly listen to a couple of Celtic music podcasts, Celt in a Twist, and The Irish and Celtic Music Podcast. So far I haven’t found a filmmaking podcast that I like.