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Podcast roll call

I’m new to the podcasting world. In the pre-iTunes era of podcasting, I only listened to two: Open Stacks and This Week in Tech. iTunes was the killer app for me – its so easy now for me to subscribe! I haven’t quite figured out how to provide links to the podcasts in iTunes, but they can all be found by searching Apple’s podcast directory inside the program.

Here’s my annotated and growing list, in alphabetical order:

  • ABC News Shuffle – Two reporters’ perspectives on major news of the week
  • CNN News Update – An hourly news summary from CNN Radio
  • CommandN – Amber Mac and Mike Lazazzera from Canada’s Call For Help tv show make web picks of the week and cover a bit of tech news. Note, this is a videocast.
  • Diggnation – Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht of discuss the top stories on the site each week.
  • iTunes New Music Tuesday – Snippets of new music for sale on iTunes each week. Song selection is a bit of hit or miss for me, so I often end up skipping portions.
  • KFI’s Tech Guy – Leo Laporte, formerly of TechTV, podcasts his weekly California radio shows one week after they air.
  • OPAL Podcast – Online Programming for All Libraries. The gaming show was particularly interesting!
  • Open Stacks – Greg Schwartz, the Godfather of librarian podcasting, runs a library commentary ‘cast.
  • Science @ NASA Feature Stories Podcast – Someone at NASA reads major press releases. Its blatantly obvious that the speaker is reading from a page, but the content is still interesting.
  • This Week in Tech – A whole bunch of former TechTV hosts get together and shoot the breeze each week.
  • Xbox Live’s Major Nelson – “Major Nelson” is in charge of Microsoft’s online gaming Xbox Live community. A great insider perspective.

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  1. I’ve heard that iTunes doesn’t handle podcasts all that well. In fact, you probably saw when Leo Laporte compared it to a big dumb gorilla muscling its way into the fray without really understanding what’s going on. I’ve heard lots of reports of people getting incomplete downloads via iTunes, and also that it’s incredibly hard to get your RSS feeds to work properly if you’re a publisher using iTunes. Right now I’m using Doppler to get my podcasts and it seems to be good. What’s been your impression of iTunes?

  2. I haven’t had any problems with it, but then again I haven’t dealt with it from the content provider’s side yet. But I do find it odd that even ABC can’t get their feed to work right with the podcast dates and such.

    I’ve only had one incomplete download, and that was one of the 2 minute CNN updates, so no big deal.

    If I wasn’t listening on an iPod, I probably wouldn’t be quite so enamored. I think I mainly like only having one program to use.


  • Open Stacks 7/29/2005

    The current list

    Chad over at Hidden Peanuts posted his current podcast roll call, so I thought I’d follow suit. This probably reveals more about me than any sort of bio would. Yes, I listen to all of these shows. The commute is…