The Podcast experience

For the uninitiated, podcasting is like a radio show that you regularly subscribe to, the podcasting software that you use downloads the mp3s of the show for you so that you can listen to it whenever/wherever you like. The difference is that anybody can start a radio show and anybody can subscribe. That’s right, just like blogs.

I updated iTunes to 4.9 to get the latest podcast subscriptions feature. There was also a software update for the iPod player for podcasting as well.

The first thing I did was click on this tab called ‘Podcasting’ and in the ‘Podcast directory’, it shows a iTunes Store-like interface for podcasts. I subscribed to Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code with a single click and it was downloaded and ready for listening in iTunes. To have even more fun, I connected my iPod and it was updated to have a Podcasts menu.

On the way to work today, I was listening to the 200th episode of the Daily Source Code, recorded live at Gnomedex(1). It was fun… no wonder podcasting has become such a rage. And yes, I did pay attention to traffic.

I wish NDTV or Tehelka had a regular podcast that I could listen to on a daily basis. Now, that would be cutting-edge…

P.S. iPodder is another great podcast receiver software. It works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

(1) still have to find out what that conference was all about…

Published by swaroop