Is Podcast.com Your News Source?

5 03 2008

A new poll by Zogby (nice name!) suggests the Web, including podcasts, has become the preferred news source (over television, radio, newspapers) for almost half of all Americans.  Go figure.  Some interesting findings and conclusions:

  • Nearly half of respondents (48%) said their primary source of news and information is the Internet
  • 55% of those age 18 to 29 say they get most of their news and information online
  • Web sites are regarded as a more important source of news and information than traditional media outlets (radio, television, newspapers)
  • 86% of Americans said Web sites were an important source of news, with more than half (56%) who view these sites as very important

But who provides the news online?  Television and radio stations and newspapers still do, delivering their comprehensive news coverage to the Web.  If you’ve visited our news channel you know we have an abundance of podcasts from many of these big news outlets: New York Times, Associated Press, the BBC — as well as punditry and analysis from some smaller yet still respected local sources such as KPLU in Seattle and shows such as Between the Lines.  Podcasts are produced at numerous intervals: weekly, daily, even on the hour. And podcasting is the perfect medium for individuals to give do their own editorializing on daily events from their home studios.

Spend some time at our news channel and realize just how many news podcasts are out there.  It may change your daily routine, like it has ours.





Racing Past the 50,000 Podcast Marker (and we’re still running!)

12 02 2008

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Last week we reached a big milestone — we now have over 50,000 podcast feeds in our directory, a ‘total of 50,000 feeds’ (read more about it on our Treedia site). We’ve added many many podcasts to our site in the past few months, more than doubling our total in that time. But if we’re missing one of your favorite podcasts, or *gasp* YOUR podcast, go straight to our home page and submit the RSS feed for that podcast. If you need any help with this, just send us an email.

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And if you’ve added one of these 50,000 podcasts, thanks to you!





Getting Fresh with Podcast.com

9 02 2008

It’s a brand new day, and we have some brand new changes to our home page, including to:

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  • the navigation bar on the left side of the page
  • the welcome box, front and center
  • the search box to search for podcasts, above the welcome, and
  • the cleaner logo at the top of the page

play nowNow, none of these elements of our home page are new, but they represent our work to make our site look cleaner and clearer to people who haven’t visited our site before. We will continue to make these changes for the better throughout our site.

One element that is new is in our ‘latest podcast episodes’ section in the middle of the page; you can now play those audio or video podcasts right on the home page by clicking the ‘Play’ buttons below each of the four latest podcast episodes.

We would appreciate your comments on these changes and are excited to continue to make our site easier for you to use. If you have comments on these changes or suggestions on how we could continue to improve our site, send an email to info [at] podcast.com.





Winnah winnah! He Took Our Survey, He Won a Prize …

5 02 2008

trophyCongrats to William from Dallas, TX, USA, for winning our drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.com.  In case you missed it we offered a $100 prize to one lucky person who took a survey on the Podcast.com website.  In future days we’ll be offering more prizes and giveaways from Podcast.com, so keep your eyes peeled and your nose to the ground (or just keep visiting Podcast.com on a regular basis).  Winnah!





Our Top 10 Podcasts of 2007

8 01 2008

It’s our annual Top 10 Podcasts of the Year list, and by ‘our’ we mean ‘your’, because you selected these ten podcasts by listening to and watching them more than any other podcasts available through Podcast.com. All in all, you listened to and watched podcasts through Podcast.com over one million times in 2007. From that cool million, we present you with this page with our ten most popular podcasts (or listen to them all in one place here — no video podcasts made our top ten, surprisingly).





Happy Hollandaise!

20 12 2007

biker santaAh yes, the time of year when Santa rides his Harley down your chimney to deliver your presents … or is he lighting your yule log (extinguishing the menorah, etc.)? We at Podcast.com will be licking the egg nog bowl, hanging out under the mistletoe, prepping our vocal chords for a bit of that Aud Lang Syne, and all the while hanging out around our website so you can ring in the new year in style — with podcasts.

So here’s to a fantastic 2008. Feel free to hang around the site, even wear out your welcome, and we’ll be cranking out some great fun for you in the coming year. Thanks for staying tuned so far — and lets keep the good times a-rolling!





Sign In!

26 11 2007

signYeah, we did it — you can now log in to your Podcast.com account or sign up for a new account right from the front/center of our home page. In case you missed the big green and black signposts to do so, click all over the log in image and get ready for action!  We still have a lot of unfinished business on this site, so please excuse the mess — and email info [at] podcast.com if things don’t make sense to you.