If you’ve heard the word “podcast” recently, there’s a good bet it’s in relation to NPR’s Serial. While many claim a “podcast renaissance” thanks, in part, to Serial, there are so many to choose from. See for yourself.
So, with all of these options—and the potential for “I can’t even,”—how are we to find and listen to the podcasts that are right for us? How have these processes changed, and why are some people not listening to podcasts at all? Are podcast listeners only touching the surface of the potential value?
In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the fundamentals of podcast listening and subscribing, ways to enhance your podcast listening experience, and suggestions of their favorite podcasts.
Kennedy provides a technical description of podcasts—delivery of media (usually audio) online through an RSS feed—but explains that they also tend to be episodic, you can subscribe to them, and they serve as a radio replacement. His system of podcasting involves researching topics or speakers that spark his interest, filtering and organizing individual podcasts by length, and listening to them at 1.5X the speed while he commutes or works out. He notes that podcasts are becoming more popular because of increased user control and the ability to use them on any device: iPod, tablet, smartphone, laptop, or desktop.
Mighell adds that the rise in podcasting is due to increasingly sophisticated apps that allow users to speed up the podcasts, create categories, and control downloads. His alternative system of podcast listening is more streamlined. He subscribes to 20 or 30 regular podcasts and downloads, organizes, and listens to them all on his phone while walking the dog, in the car, or working out. Both hosts use Huffduffer, but Mighell uses it to create a mini feed for things that aren’t syndicated while Kennedy uses it as a search engine for podcast topics or speakers that interest him.