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.





The Other Side of the Law

29 02 2008

Podcasting: it’s for cops AND robbers! (OK, an inmate, not a robber — nothing wrong with being a little dramatic, eh?)  In our fictional journal called “You Won’t Believe Who’s Podcasting Now!”, we have another entry: it’s from the Dagupan City Jail in the Philippines, where a technically inclined inmate has started a blog and now a podcast about what he and his fellow inmates are doing to better themselves and their community.  The blog and podcast cover topics such as “rehabilitation of their facilities like the visitor’s waiting shed, cooperative store, guard house, basketball court, revival of their saloon, repair of their infirmary …” and other tidbits about how these inmates bide their time. Some of the podcast is in computer-generated English, but some is in Filipino — so you’ll just have to guess what it’s about (unless you have Filipino skills).  Regardless, kudos to inmate Bill who made this podcast happen for using his jailtime wisely (with podcasting)!





Browsing the Channels on Podcast.com

28 02 2008
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If you haven’t browsed them yet, a ‘channel‘ on Podcast.com is a collection of podcasts about a particular subject or from a particular producer.  We currently have three ways to browse our channels (shown, right):

  1. On our Channels page, which you can get to from the main navigation bar on the Podcast.com home page
  2. Under our Featured Channels section on the lower left of the Podcast.com home page
  3. In our Popular Channels folder, which you’ll see at the top of our podcast collection on the Podcast.com home page

Incidentally, we are updating the collection of podcasts you see on the Podcast.com home page.  In each folder within our collection, such as Games and Hobbies and Kids and Family, you will find ten podcasts instead of the five you could find before, and you can still link to each corresponding channel page (Games.podcast.com for the Games and Hobbies folder, Kids.podcast.com for the Kids and Family folder, and so on).

So here’s what we need you to answer — you can send feedback to info at podcast.com — we’d really appreciate any comments you may have:

  • What do you like about our channel pages? What do you not like about them?
  • What do you think about the collection of podcasts on our home page?  Is it too big?  Too small?




Feature: Black History Month

20 02 2008

featureWe’re trying something new here: a ‘feature’, which is a playlist of episodes from different podcasts about a certain subject. This feature for the month of February is about Black History Month, so we’ve collected different podcasts that celebrate the month, discuss the importance of black history, and talk about what it means today.  You can find this and other features at my.podcast.com/features. (Make sure you click on the ‘View All Episodes’ icon in the middle of the screen to see every episode we collected.) It’s easy: we collect the episodes, you subscribe to our playlist.

Hope you enjoy this feature, and send an email to info at podcast.com if you have an episodes you’d like to add to this or any future features. ‘Future feature’ – almost like a ‘creature feature’, but not as scary (yeah, I know that’s not funny).





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!