It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since I first discovered podcasting thanks to iTunes 4.9. At the time I was predicting that podcasting would take off in a big way.
Well, I think it’s safe to say that it has (although I’m sure it’s still something of a niche medium to most people).
A few months later I wrote about my top 5 favorites podcasts and I’ve been meaning to update that list ever since. So here goes.
It’s worth noting that many of these podcasts are simply the podcast version of radio shows, so it’s not surprising that they made my list.
However, as a consumer I really don’t care where a show originated, as long as the content and recording quality are good.
I’ve tried out a number of movie podcasts, but only two have stayed on my ‘must listen’ list — Filmspotting and Mark Kermode’s film reviews. Both of these benefit hugely from the entertaining banter between the two presenters.
Keep an eye on Adam and Sam from Filmspotting; I predict great things for them and their show (TV one day maybe?).
I would have included Ebert & Roeper; however, even though the show continues on TV there haven’t been any new podcast episodes for some time — maybe for good?
Slate’s Spoiler Specials is worth a mention from a novelty standpoint, although recently they’ve mostly been reviewing episodes of 24 which I haven’t been watching.
Pocasts on News & Current Events
I don’t consider myself a political junkie, but I do seem to get my fill of news-related podcasts. Washington Week and Diane Rehm Show: Friday News Roundup are great ways to keep up with what’s been happening during the week (in the US, of course).
On The Media is a great way to hear about what’s going on in (you guessed it) the world of the media.
I’ve been listening to Left, Right & Center but it’s getting a bit samey with the co-hosts trotting out pretty much the same talking points each week.
I haven’t had too much luck with comedy podcasts, but Real Time with Bill Maher and The Now Show are always entertaining. Although it’s off the air right now, The Now Show (which has a British focus) is hilarious — get it.
For something a little different, try The Leth & Sex News — often laugh-out-loud funny, although I wish the sound quality was better.
Video Game Podcasts
Ah, I love my video games. I’ve tried a bunch and two stand out from the crowd for me — 1UP Yours and Game Theory.
I used to listen to the PC Gamer podcast but I just got tired of the fact that they didn’t talk about actual games very much. C’mon guys, there’s only so much Jack Thompson a man can take!
Web Design Podcasts
The UIE Brain Sparks podcasts are definitely worth subscribing to if you’re into usability (and if you’re not, shouldn’t you be?).
They’re still finding their way as far as format and presentation is concerned, but they typically contain a few nuggets that make your investment of time more than worthwhile.
I’m always on the lookout for new suggestions, so if you have any personal faves, please let me know in the comments.
Oh, and by the way, I’m one of those rare people who don’t own an iPod. I actually have a Rio Karma. It’s a great bit of kit, although it’s a little bulky by today’s standards.
I’m trying to come up with a good reason to upgrade, but I just can’t find one. It works too well. 🙁