I’ve been looking into podcasts recently (yes, I know I’m well behind the cutting edge here). This was triggered by two things – the first is LUGRadio, and the second is upgrading to Ubuntu on my desktop, which made installing iPodder really quite simple. Actually, the apt-based installation is the only simple thing about it, but I’ll save the UI rant about iPodder for another time.
But what has really struck me is: who listens to this stuff? Adam Curry, the “Podfather”, podcasts The Daily Source Code for up to 45 minutes, daily. Who uses three quarters of an hour of their life every day to listen to him? Or anyone, for that matter? An hour a month I can understand, but an hour a day? It’s like soap operas – people spend so long living other people’s lives that they don’t have any time to live their own.
Hmm. I spend maybe around that long listening to the Today programme on Radio 4 in the morning before I get up, so I suppose it’s not impossible. But that at least tells me reasonably useful information about what’s going on in the world. And there are thousands of these things! Audio overload!
A recent Daily Source Code (324) had a segment about a guy and his show called “the podcast reviewer”. So this was a podcast about a podcast about podcasts. Incestuous or what?
Podcasting isn’t like most radio. Radio happens in the background (that’s why advertisers like it); podcasts, which tend to be speech-heavy, demand your attention. And I’ve heard very little yet which really deserves it. Well, with the possible exception of LUGRadio, which is good except they feel the need to swear all the time.