It’s been over a year since I last mentioned my podcast listening habits, since then I’ve changed what app I use and the list of my subscriptions has changed too.
Over not Down
When I started using Downcast it was largely because it was available as both iOS and OSX apps, and sync’d well between my devices.
It’s a good app but I soon realised that I rarely, if ever, listen to podcasts when I’m sitting at my computer, they are something to listen to when I’m on the go (and if I really want to listen to them at home I can use AirPlay).
These days I use Overcast because it’s the nicest one to use. It has clever features like Smart Speed and Voice Boost but mostly it’s because it does what I want and feels nice to use. I offer no more rationale than that because I don’t need to.
Sidenote: I’m much more relaxed about my tech choices these days. There will ALWAYS be something better, something newer, so I’m forcing myself to make my peace with that and finding that I’m much more persuaded by my emotional brain than my practical brain on these matters. Design over function, desire over need (within limits).
As for the podcasts I listen to, below is an update to the list I published previously. I’ve left the links for the ones I no longer subscribe to because they might be of interest to others but mostly I am just trying to keep my own list manageable, can’t listen to everything!
- Documentary of the Week
- Polyamory Weekly
- In Our Time
- The Moth Podcast
- Radiolab from WNYC
- Richard Herring’s Meaning of Life
- Shift Run Stop
- This American Life
- Welcome to Night Vale
- 99% Invisible
- Love + Radio
- No Such Thing As A Fish *
- On Being
- Here Be Monsters
I’m still not a heavy podcast listener, instead I tend to listen to a few episodes in a row if I find I have the time, a bit like bingeing on Netflix boxsets.
* My favourite, 30 odd mins of random facts and chat from the QI Elves’.