Podcasts To Which I Subscribe

  • Movies

  • Filmspotting - A weekly film podcast from Chicago with Adam Kempenaar and Sam Hallgren
  • Music

  • Coverville - As the title suggests, Brian plays nothing but covers.
  • Lyrics Undercover - also with Brian
  • Tech

  • Computerworld TechCast - A weekly lesson on a selected technology term.
  • Future Tense - Daily chunks of technology issues from Jon Gordon
  • The Real Deal - CNET podcast taking a brief, focused look at a particular hot technology in each episode.
  • This Week in Tech
  • Windows Weekly - Leo Laporte and Paul Thurott talk Windows.
  • Library

  • Uncontrolled Vocabulary - OK, this is my show. It's a weekly live interactive roundtable discussion of all things library and librarianship. Recorded every Wednesday night at 10 PM Eastern.
  • Library Geeks
  • LibVibe
  • LISten
  • OPAL Podcast
  • SirsiDynix Institute
  • Talis Library 2.0 Gang
  • Talking with Talis
  • Other

  • Cook's Illustrated (video)
  • Grammar Girl
  • Managing the Gray
  • Mighty Mommy
  • Six Pixels of Separation
  • TalkShoe Hosts - Sharing Strategies
  • TEDTalks (Video)
  • Vanguard:Plain Talk on Investing

Awesome, highly useful list. Too bad I no longer have broadband!

But now, I've never quite understood podcasts. Are they useful for those without an iPod? Like, to just play on one's PC in a media player?

Absolutely. They're just mp3 files, which are readily available from the websites I linked to.

What ultimately makes podcasts interesting is that they can embedded in RSS feeds in the form of enclosures. I have a little aggregator program called iPodder with which I subscribe to these feeds (you'll find the feed URLs at the linked sites). iPodder check these feeds and when it finds new enclosed podcasts, it downloads them automatically and throws them into playlists in iTunes. Then I can sync my iPod with those playlists and take these shows on the road with me. Brilliant, effortless, and I listen to what I want to...when I want to!

But the content itself is nothing more than a simple mp3 file, so there's nothing limiting about that. You can even still use a program like iPodder to grab the enclosures automatically and throw them into your media player and then listen to it on your computer whenever you want (or burn it to disc and take it with you). Or you can subscribe to the feeds in a regular aggregator like Bloglines to be alerted when there's new content and download the files at you own leisure, as you would with any other mp3.

There's a lot of ways to enjoy podcasts, but finding good content is the key. Podcast Alley is a good place to start. Enjoy!

Thanks! I'll have to remember all this for when I move back to an area with broadband.