What is a podcast?
According to Wikipedia: a podcast is an episodic series of digital media files which a user can set up so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user’s own local computer or portable media player.
A few years ago when I got my first iPod I noticed that there is something called podcast. Sadly, I wasn’t really interested. I was to young to appreciate that type of medium.
Is podcasting dead?
I thought that the whole idea of podcasting is dead. There are blogs, vlogs on YouTube, Channel 9 and many other sources of knowledge available, so why would anyone be interested in podcasting. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Why should I listen to podcasts?
Listening to a podcast is a great way to learn something new. There are many podcasts to choose. I bet that everyone will find something for himself. Consider that leaders or guests in podcasts tend to be international conferences speakers. In that case you gain knowledge that someone would pay to hear at conference. Even if the podcast’s topic is not directly related to your activity, can be inspiration to change something in it.
Another indisputable advantage of podcast is that you can listen to it while commuting to work, running or riding a bike. Recently I realized that way to work feels much “faster” while listening to a interesting podcast than to music.
I’ve discovered podcasts when I came across Maciej Aniserowicz’s DevTalk. Now I listen to Hanselminutes (Scott Hanselman’s podcast), .NET Rocks!, The Tim Ferris Show (be sure to listen to the interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger), Więcej niż oszczędznie pieniędzy, The Stack Overflow Podcast and Coding Blocks.
Here is another advantage: A few days ago I was wondering about repository pattern. There are plenty of opposing opinions about it on the Internet. While going back from work I’ve typed “repository pattern” in my podcast app on smartphone and you know what? Three guys from Coding Block were debating about it for half an hour.
If you have your favorite podcast feel free to share it with others in comments.