Apple and Podcasting

Marco Arment has a great take on how the decentralized nature of podcasting is a feature, not a bug, and Apple being more proactive there would be harmful to the ecosystem. As an aside, since I’ve been in Houston more recently, which means driving a lot, I’ve been really loving his app Overcast and I opted in to the optional paid subscription for it. I just need to get in more of a habit of listening to podcasts outside of Houston.

4 replies on “Apple and Podcasting”

  1. Overcast is such a great app! My colleague Joe introduced me to it a few months back, and I’ve been listening to podcasts so much more since.

    Would love to hear some recommendations of podcasts from you, Matt!

  2. Hi Matt,

    Recently, I’ve started developing a keen interest in podcasts and would sure appreciate any app that makes the process a lot easier…I’ll be checking out Overcast in a moment.

    Be sure to make the day great – and thanks a ton for the recommendation!

    Akaahan Terungwa

  3. I’ve been on Overcast for over a year; it’s some of the best £4 I’ve ever spent. Best features:
    – Your podcasts sync between devices
    – You can go to to play podcasts from there or Delete shows/individual episodes or subscribe to new shows
    – On paid, there are about 8ish speeds you can run the podcast on and you can even set the amount of time a Quick rewind or Quick forward will do (7 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec etc.)
    – Attractive, clean interface that I found far easier to use than Apple’s own Podcasts app
    – If you are listening with headphones that have a remote attached, you can set it so that, for instance, 2 clicks fast forwards, 2 clicks and a long click goes to the next track…

    I have 2 children under 5 and a wife in full time university. In other words, I’m inundated with chores. As long as I have my podcasts on, I can keep going even when it’s 10pm and my body is saying PLEASE STOP MAKING ME MOVE I AM VERY TIRED.

    With many of the podcasts, to me, it feels like I’m hanging out with a good friend. I look forward to their show popping up in my feed. They keep me in a good mood, they make me empathise, they make me laugh, they make me learn – my life is enriched by them. We’re incredibly spoiled for choice.

    I am happy to talk about this endlessly and offer recommendations to anyone that asks.

  4. Matt, if you’re in the mood for a cool and motivating distraction, you’ll want to check out Bob Reynolds’ amazing VLOG. It provides a very candid look into the day-to-day life of a professional touring saxophonist and composer. Bob loves to share productivity hacks and even references the Pomodoro Technique in this video at 2:57: I almost fell out of my chair when I saw this and had to send it to you for a laugh…

    He is also rocking WordPress in a major way with! It’s an elegant, subscription-based music education site. The amount of videos and printed material is blowing my mind and I nominate his site for the WordPress Showcase, if nominations are currently being accepted.

    WordPress Music Festival? 😉

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