The personal blog of Sven Seebeck

On Podcasts

My last post in this category is by now about two years ago and it’s time for another Podcast post. Suffice to say, that I’m still hooked on Podcasts. I listen to them every day and regularly look for and try some new and interesting ones.

When I looked at my older posts I noticed how my preferences have changed over time. I listen to a lot less tech-type or photography podcasts nowadays but found a lot more interest in the comedy or story-telling-kind of podcasts . I trial new ones regularly and try to not get overboard with the amount of subscriptions in order to keep it manageable. The last thing I need is yet another backlog.

But here’s now a list of my current selection.

Current faves:

Honary mention with only two episodes so far: Tech Douchebags

The App(s)

Finding subscriptions and catching up with them is easy, finding the best app to listen to them in is another story . Podcasts apps there are plenty, in fact it almost feels like the Podcast apps are the new Twitter apps.

I think I used at least five different: Pocket Casts, Instacast, Downcast, Castro and Podcasts. There’s a lot to like in all of them but for some reason neither application is like, yeah, that’s the one for me yet. I know I’m picky.

I like to listen at the desktop as well, but by the time of this writing only two applications that I have used have a dedicated desktop version: Instacast and obviously iTunes. The remainder is phone or tablet only. Bonus point for Pocket Casts for being great on Android too.

I often switch devices while listening and really appreciate that most applications synchronise between devices. Sync though is hard to get right. I don’t want to go into needless details, but I ran into all kinds of oddities with re-appearing subscriptions or duplicates. One app that seems to do fine most of the time and currently the one that I’m using the most is Pocket Casts.

So, I keep looking around for the app but until then I at least have a lot of things to listen to. A follow up will be on the blog in about two years.