Random Questions


Right. All these features are unique to one podcast app or another when they first come out. A year later they should be just about standard in all these same apps. From there it’s just about what app suits you the most in the layout and default use cases.


Current Podcast count: 58


Holy Fuck. My current count is maybe 3 and change.


I’ve got 0 because I’m all books on tape lately. I’ll still listen to individual episodes podcasts I come across via whatever means if the topic sounds right, but usually right then and there.


I listen to four currently. One of those is GeekNights. :wink:

There are more, but they update… infrequently.


I do… and I also have a backlog for various reasons… I also listen to them at 1.5 speed. I tend to like to listen to podcasts not only on my commute, but while doing household chores as well.

I don’t own an Apple Watch (or any other smart watch) and, well, skipping 30 seconds at time via my watch isn’t worth $300-$400 to when my podcast app costs $3.

And yes, I’ve looked at getting a smart watch and found that they just don’t offer enough utility to me to be worth paying a few hundred bucks for.


Unless the podcast contains music my normal rate of listening to podcasts is 2.6x speed.


I ask Siri to “rewind 30 seconds” and “fast forward one minute” all the time.


Good to know, but I’ve had Siri flake out enough on me, especially when in “Do not disturb while driving” mode, that I don’t trust it to be reliable.


if me and my wife ever need to take a long ride for travel and internet connection isn’t guaranteed we download like 10 hours of podcasts so we have variety to choose from


Look man I’m pushing Vic as hard as I can, but stuff is really getting in the way the last little while.

Also, am I the only person who listens to podcasts while I work and do other stuff? Sure, short commute, whatever, but don’t y’all clean, or do laundry, or have other tasks and errands to do? Or even just go on a walk sometimes?


I have 10 podcasts in my app right now but only 5 of them produce at a regular cadence. That’s just enough to not get overwhelmed and only listen while commuting or doing mental tasks. I’ve been trying to do more audiobooks during commute though because I built up too much of a backlog on Audible.


I actively avoid audiobooks as I prefer reading over listening but do have a ton of subscribed podcasts, though only about 4 which I keep up with or regularly update, like most here. When I’m in the odd mood I listen to certain podcasts outside my mains though, like Snap Judgement or Radiolab.


teach me your ways, it takes me hours to find something to spend my credits on


I have both a stockpile of audiblecredits I have to spend, and a backlog of purchased audiobooks I have yet to listen to.

I havn’t actually used audible in a year. :expressionless:

I only actively track one podcast where I will listen to each episode as they come out, and its name is Hello Internet.

Used to put on audiobooks and podcasts at work, but I found them so engrossing that I tend to completely zone out for hours on end and get hardly anything done; or I just don’t actually process what I’m hearing in the story.

My commutes are relatively short both by car and by shuttle bus, so a 10-30min YouTube video is far more digestible.


IMO, you have work to do. Spend those credits. Listen to more stuff. If you want fantasy fiction I highly recommend Malazan. I also enjoyed Piketty’s capital in the 21st century. I think both of those were my top 2018 picks for things I could listen to while doing something else.


Found the Audible employee.


The stuff I get on Audible generally falls under three categories. First, classic books I just never read when I was younger, for example classic sci-fi like Heinlein and Asimov or really classic stuff like Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allen Poe. Second, I do most of my non-fiction through audiobook now because I find reading them on paper or Kindle utterly boring. It’s always been that way for me, I’ve never been excited by non-fiction but I want to learn more about historical stuff, so this helps bridge the gap. Third, once I start running out of those, I will actually just take suggestions from the yearly Audible awards to try new things that I normally wouldn’t think to listen to. I’d say I’ve enjoyed about half of the books I’ve listened to that way.


Start a podcast where you review every book you read and your listeners will keep sending suggestions based on what they know of your tastes.


My podcast count is 135.