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What are you listening to? May 26, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in iPods, iTunes.

I’m a podcast slut.

I listen to almost anything, and I’ve tried a heck of a lot of shows. Sadly, 70% of what’s out there is not worth listening to for many colorful reasons, some technical, but mostly related to content and talent deficiencies. I can listen to a horribly recorded show if their hosts were good and the material was outstanding, but there are a lot that are as bad-sounding as their material is useless and horribly delivered (including a few locally produced ones that will remain unnamed); they’re really just vanity projects and long-running ego trips for those concerned.

20% of it is ok but just plain boring. The remaining 10% however are borderline fantastic. Some are useful, some are hilarious, some informative and all entertaining. It’s just a matter of separating the wheat from the chaff; given the variety out there, this is a tall order. The only way to find them to dive right in and start trying them out, and being quick not to waste time with the crapola. If it doesn’t hook you in the first five minutes, or you’ve patiently listened to a couple of episodes if one and still feel iffy about it, delete the thing and try something else. There’s plenty more where those came from.

I’m curious to know what people are listening to, so if you have some suggestions as to what to download and what to avoid, most of us would appreciate a heads-up. Drop a comment so we can try out what you like and skip what you don’t, and if you have time, explain why that is.

To start things off, here’s a quick rundown of what’s currently on my iPod (audio only), in alphabetical order with pasted descriptions of what they are from the feeds themselves. All of them are available on iTunes. Some are staples on my player, like TWIT, MacBreak Weekly, Cranky Geeks, BOL and Filmspotting, and some of the others are just trial subscriptions, but this list gives you a real-time snapshot of what’s taking up space on my shuffle these days:

Answer Bitch
E! Online’s ASK THE ANSWER B!TCH fields questions from readers around the globe, begging to know what really happens in Hollywood. She gets to the bottom of what the glossies, well, gloss over: Do stars get their $30 million paychecks all at once? Do they scoop up after their own dogs? Who’s in your typical rap-star posse? How can you get into a movie premiere? She knows–and she’s not shy about sharing.

Buzz Out Loud
Molly Wood, Tom Merritt, and Veronica Belmont give you their take on what’s happening in tech news this week. Email us at buzz@cnet.com or call 1-800-616-CNET to leave a message.

Cranky Geeks
Cranky Geeks, hosted by PC Magazine contributing editor John C. Dvorak. Each week a group of expert panelists discuss the most controversial topics in tech. Cranky Geeks airs on Thursdays at 2pm eastern, and can be downloaded at http://www.CrankyGeeks.com

Diggnation is a weekly tech/web culture show based on the top digg.com social bookmarking news stories.

DS:Life Podcast
The DS:Life podcast is your source for everything Nintendo DS. We will bring you all the latest news, views and even game reviews. So subscribe and check us out. I think you’ll see that we are different then the normal Nintendo themed podcast.

Gadget discussion with Peter Roxas and Ryan Block from THE definitive gadget blog.

A weekly podcast from Chicago featuring new movie reviews, top 5 lists, interviews and insightful film talk with Adam Kempenaar and Sam Van Hallgren. Can be heard monthly on Chicago Public Radio.

GQ Audio Podcast
A weekly infusion of men’s style and culture, the GQ Audio Podcast gives you the story behind the story. Listen in on conversations between GQ editors and writers about the best in movies, fashion, music, and other areas of pop culture. Each episode averages about 20 minutes and is posted every Tuesday

Grammar Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips
Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a QDnow.com podcast.

Hollywood Party Girl Podcast
E! Online’s Hollywood Party Girl jumps the velvet rope to rub spray-tanned shoulders with stars like Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton. She’s got the skinny on the hottest A-list hangs, bashes and happenings. You know, the important stuff, like: Who’s making out in the bathroom? Which stars are dancing on tables? What’s the coolest drink to down? She’s got the inside dish, ’cause she’s (almost) always on the list.

You have crossed over into the iLifeZone. It is a special place where you can learn how to get the most out of your investment in your Mac hardware and software.

Infected by Martin Sargent
Martin Sargent knows more about technology than any living American, and each episode of Infected is a deeply probing meditation on how all those 1s and 0s are shaping our world. There’s also a fair amount of poo talk. If you want the funniest, most original take on the world of technology and the Internet, get Infected by Martin Sargent today.

MacBreak Weekly
Get the latest Mac news and views from the top journalists covering Apple today. This roundtable discussion is audio only, and complements the video only MacBreak. Another great show from the Pixel Corps and the TWiT.tv network.

MP3 Insider from CNET
Changes are swift in the new age of digital audio. Stay in the loop each week as Veronica and Jasmine discuss the latest digital music (and video) news, hardware, software, and media services, and address reader calls and e-mail.

PC Gamer Podcast
PCGP is the official podcast of PC Gamer Magazine. Every week, our editors bring you expert commentary from behind the scenes of the week’s biggest gaming stories — including exclusive conversations with the most important developers in the business.

PopSci Podcasts
PopSci.com brings you interviews with the movers and shakers of sci-tech, live event coverage, and answers to your most pressing geeky questions.

SModcast is the meandering palaver of a pair of dudes whose voices are so dull, they don’t deserve to be on the radio (and, hence, aren’t). Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier are SModcast.The best thing about SModcast? It don’t cost nothing.

This Week in Tech
Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech. Winner of People’s Choice Podcast and Best Technology Podcast in the 2005 People’s Choice Podcast Awards. Released every Sunday at midnight Pacific.

We’d love to know what you guys like, so drop us a line sometime.



1. frugal traveler - May 28, 2007

NPR Books and NPR Movies. I think you’ll enjoy them.

Where the hell do you find the time to listen to all of these? Not to mention being able to watch about 3 times as many TV shows as I do??

2. reverseengineer - May 28, 2007

Audio podcasts: dead time in transit (train, car, walking around the Makati CBD); morning jogs; just before falling asleep – and through osmosis while asleep
TV Episodes: I trade sleep for shows whenever possible.
Am trying NPR out now. Thanks for the heads-up.

3. John - July 4, 2007

Thanks for the information.

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