I’m a big subscriber to podcasts. The quality of information and levels of entertainment far exceed most main stream media.
Why?…Because podcasts are niché media broadcasts. You’ll find something for everyone, something targeted on just about every subject.
For those new to the subject. Podcasts are (according to wikipedia) a collection of digital media files which is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers.
Below are 10 great podcasts worth watching or listening to, with a brief description of each.
The list is alphabetical (so there is no favoritism).
This audio podcast, hosted by Paul Boag and co-hosted by Marcus Lillington, covers the subject of web design and accessibility. Boagworld is based in the U.K, but it’s subject matter is very universal. They often have great guests from the web design celebrity set, such as, Andy Budd and Jeremy Keith. If you have anything to do with web design, running a website or online development, this is a must listen to.
Great little weekly video podcast. This program runs as a panel format and features loads of web celeb’s. It’s hosted by tech’ journalist John C. Dvorak and has a funny tongue in cheek approach to topical tech’ news and online issues. Some interesting points of view here from people in the know.
If you haven’t heard of Digg.com you need to go check it out. Diggnation covers the top weekly stories from Digg.com. It’s a weekly video program hosted by Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht. It’s two guys, a few drinks, a couch and a whole lot of laughs. It can be childish as times and has some pretty explicit language, but who said news had to be serious. Definitely worth a look.
Small Business Marketing Expert, John Jantsch, hosts this weekly audio podcast. It covers subjects such as online marketing and business management while interviewing experts in the weeks subject. Great interviews, that have some really informative information.
One of the most fun weekly audio podcasts online today. Hosted by Scott Johnson, ELR covers everything Geek. From comic books to computer games, movies to toilet humor. Scott Johnson also hosts a number of other podcasts which can be found here. But I thought it would be unfair to name more than one in this post, even though they are all great quality.
Mind your Own Business is an audio Podcast hosted by Guy Kingston and covers all topics regarding business and entrepreneurship. This is another U.K. program, but certainly has information that will satisfy a global audience. It seems to be a fortnightly effort, but you’ll often get a weekly show.
Hosted by Leo Laporte, this weekly audio podcast is one of the big ones. All your weekly tech information in one place, with great guests that provide both information and entertainment. Leo Laporte has a network of podcasts which you can subscribe to and you can check them out at twit.tv. This is a staple ingredient for any online or tech junkie.
This weekly audio podcast is all about gaming (that’s computer gaming for anyone thinking chess or monopoly). The guys at Sarcastic Gamer made their fame by doing online Parody Songs about subjects such as the PS3, microsoft and jack thompson (the activist, not the actor). They’ve now got a great little podcast that’s entertaining, while providing some great gaming news and information. If computer games are on your radar, this one may be for you.
This is a business related audio podcast that shows up twice a month. It follows an interview format and has guests from around the globe speaking about their business history and current business activities. Some insightful information and a great host in Alex Bellinger, who has a love all things business and for techno music which he plays at the end of each show.
Each episode of Tiki Bar is like it’s very own stage show. Pure entertainment and a whole lot of laughs. This video podcast, unfortunately, only comes out once a month. But it’s definitely worth the wait. Two guys, a girl and a tiki bar. What more do you need? …Oh yeh, alcohol. Well they have that too. This one probably isn’t for the kids, but if it’s to your taste, make sure you look through the back catalogue.
Again, I just want to say that these are in alphabetical order. I’m not telling my favourite. Which you think is the best is for you to decide.
If you don’t find anything in this list. You can check out itunes or another podcast aggregator and do a search on your favourite subject. There is bound to be a podcast about it. If not, why not start your own.
Now I know there are more I could mention, but this is my top 10 not top 12 or 14. These are the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis, while I work or in the car.
If you have more you want to mention, then feel free to do so in the comments. I’d love to hear what are your favourites and I’d also love to hear what you think of the podcasts listed above.