Podcasting has apparently become very popular. While the name implies the use of an iPod, actually you can hear podcasts directly on your computer.
The point of this is not streaming media: the content is downloaded to your computer. You could then transfer it to an iPod or other audio device for off-line use. Podcasting is basically an RSS feed with imbedded audio content.
I am not a fan.
As I've noted before, I can read much faster than anyone can talk. Some people absorb information better aurally, but some don't, and I'm in the latter group. The only time I prefer to listen rather than read is when a politician is being interviewed - subtle verbal clues can help determine the truth behind the actual words. For technical information, I don't want to waste time listening: I'll read it, thank you. I also don't need or want all the introductory fluff, music and sound effects that accompanies these podcasts.
But my grumpy dislike doesn't mean you wouldn't enjoy this. Tech podcasts are available from a number of websites, including The Wizards of Technology.
iPodderX is a Mac OS X podcast reader. I installed the trial version (it's $24.95 for the supported version). They include a number of preloaded feeds (including The Wizards of Technology mentioned above). I thought I'd try to listen to the show that discusses Apple's move to Intel, but I just couldn't do it - no, not any technical difficulty; iPodderX did its part. I just couldn't stand the slow pace..
Oh well, not for me, but maybe you see (or hear) things differently, or at least have more patience than I do. And even I might save something down to my iPod and listen to it while driving.
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