Is Podcasting dead?

Tony Morgan, one of the guys I follow on blogsphere, asks “Is podcasting dead?” His experience says so, mine is the opposite.

Why I believe podcasting is alive and kicking:

1. Podcasts, as compared to the popular YouTube and other vidcasts, can be consumed with little attention. With videos, you need your eyes fixed on your monitor (or on your iPod) to get something from it. For non-multitaskers like me, it takes a lot of efforts to do that. A podcast is like listening to music — you can bike, hike and exercise with it.

2. Podcasts matches my lifestyle. While for some it isn’t, for busy people like me, podcasts doesn’t really consume much of my time because I listen while I work or while doing something else.

3. I’ve learned a bunch from podcasts. May it be for spirituality, leadership skills or just plain entertainment, I’m getting my daily dose of wisdom from podcasts.

Tony, on the other hand, gave valid challenges for this technology to create better impact. Some bright minds out there may pitch in how to solve some. One way to solve the problem on podcasts not being search engine friendly and hard to be scanned is for serious podcasters to consider transcription services much like that of medical transcription.

How do you think can podcasts be improved?

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  • Podcasts can be greatly improved, as you said, by simply adding transcripts for those of us who want to skip to the best parts. 🙂

  • Groovezilla

    Podcasting is not dead. Old folks just don’t know its value. Pick up more music and more intelligent babble from podcasts from Europe and the US.

  • I used to consume at least 1 to 2 hours of podcasts everyday, going to work and during idle time. I listen to mostly technical stuff. But now I find myself needing the silent time to make my mind concentrate on other matters. Listening to podcasts, sometimes just idle chatters from the speakers, doesn’t give my mind idle time to digest ideas and come up with creative solutions.

    Also, nowadays the choice of podcasts for every topic is simply too numerous to keep up with. So now I listen to podcast very rarely.

  • Podcasting is not dead. Pick up more music and more intelligent babble from podcasts from Europe and the US.

  • bert

    i don’t even think podcasting has reached its peak yet. there are numerous podcasts out there that can cater to very specific interests. its actually a very big part of my life because i’m on the road most of the time. instead of listening to the radio, i get to listen to the stuff that i really like. i believe its a new form of media that will change our perception on how we want content to reach us.