I’ve been hearing a lot about Podcasting lately, which is a little like audio blogging. I like to listen to audio programs but when I’m at my computer it’s hard for me to listen to an audio program because it interferes with my concentration. I sometimes listen to music when I’m working on the computer, depending on what I’m doing, and some of my most enjoyable CAD work was done while listening to my favorite music on my walkman back in the day when that was the only way to listen to music at a computer ;-). But I really can’t concentrate on working when there’s an audio (i.e., non-music) program in the background. However, when I’m walking, driving, or riding my motorcycle, listening to an audio program is a welcome addition. So for some time I’ve been downloading a 30 minute daily radio program from Kenradio.com for playback on my iPod. I’ve been surprised that more daily audio programs were not available in that format, but that may change soon.
Jason Calacanis, founder of Weblogsinc, recently blogged about ‘how to’ get podcasts. It involves downloading and installing iPodder and then populating it with feeds. The feeds are very much like syndicated feeds for regular blogs, often identified with an XML tag. The iPodder software will check nightly for new audio blogs and download them automatically and put them in your iTunes library. Previously, to listen to an audio blog, you had to find the URL, download the .mp3 file, save it in some location on your hard drive, import it into your iTunes library, and then drag it into your iPod. Now that has all been reduced to a single step, i.e., dragging it on to your iPod. Ken Rutkowski of Kenradio.com says he will be arranging an Podcasting feed soon and it will be a welcome addition. Currently, I have to go looking for his daily show’s .mp3 file in one of his folders (www.kenradio.com/audio) because getting it through the main page is a pain in the neck, requiring a login that never seems to work.
I’ve listened to a few of the podcasts that Jason mentioned in his blog, like Coverville out of Boulder, CO which is a music show that features covers of popular music. Another show, Gadling, is dedicated to ‘adventure’ traveling. ReelReviews, a movie review podcast, gives in-depth movie reviews of older movies. Kenradio is still my favorite, but it would be nice to find a few more podcasts.