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Podcasts are the best thing about ipods, everything is there for you to find
Member Name: darren55
Advantages: Any topic, and great to listen too
Disadvantages: Can get a bit obsessive on new podcasts
Podcasts are for anyone for the unaware are programmes specially recorded for download onto your mp3 player. They work through either their own website or as with me through itunes.
If you use itunes, the itunes stores has a podcast option going onto the site will show you a list of the most popular, new and interesying podcasts. You can also type in a topic and a set of podcasts come up which are appropriate for that topic. So if whatever your into, you can basically find a podcast on it. They are also free and will stay on your itunes until you listen to it, then be automatically deleted.
Once you've subscribed to a podcast itunes will download any new episode automatically. Then when you attach your ipod onto the site, you can upload all the files onto your ipod. There is a option for your ipod to allow you to select certain podcasts ahead of others.
Anyway onto my favourite podcasts - I love music, sci-fi, football, Sherlock Holmes, history, science and comedy.
So in order probably of favouritism
1. Collins and Herring - Ridiculously funny, Richard Herrin is a stand up comic famous for his Hitler moustache stand up routine Andrew Collings is a comedy writer and presenter on Radio 6. The two are colleagues not friends (according to Richard) and sit in Richards attic discussing the weekly news. The podcats is left leaning, pokes fun at the Daily Mail, right wing attitudes and the humour is well comedy genius for some but inappropriate for others. The podcast lasts 1.06.30 because neither can work out how to change the setting for the recording.
2. Guardian Football Weekly - Presented by James Richardson he of football italia in the nineties, he leads a group of Guardian football writers discussing the games, issues and topics dominating European football. The chat is not only on the premeirship, Sid Low does a weekly la liga and Richardson covers Serie A, there are also regular reports on the Bundesliga and occassional reports on the other european leagues. Its incisive, funny, and brilliantly led by James Richardson.
3. Times online - Football review show led by Phil Jupiter, similar to the Guardian version except its a bit more Premiership than the Guardian version. The times has the briliant analysis of Patrick Barclay who I think is the best football writer around, and the mercurial wit of Gabrielle Marcotti.
4. Sherlock Holmes podcast - A chance to listen to old radio classics from the fifties, what more can you want for a Holmes fanatic. Sir John Geilgud as Holmes what more do you want?
5. Paul oakenfold podcast - An hour every week of the most up to date house music around and all for free.
6. History of Rome - I love the decadence and sheer brilliance of the Roman empire. Brilliantly researched by Mike Duncan, this is a superb weekly podcast about one of the most important empires in history.
7. RipperCast - I'm a bit of a Ripper nut, so a podcast about the infamous murderer is always interesting. This is again a round robbin conversation by some of the most eminent Ripperologists. The show is put together by skype technology so the sound quality occassionally struggles.
8. Answer me this - Olly and Helens irreverent take on any questions asked by the public, its filthy and Helen is disgustingly brutal at time. But its funny and the research is well done.
9. Naked Scientist podcast - Dr. Chris Smith and his team at Cambridge bring there views on the months latest scientific issues, it has a kitchen science element and interviews with relevant scientists.
10. KopTalk - Love liverpool and love this podcast, its a bit potty mouthed but is funny and has genuine insights on the inner goings on at the club.
So finally my take home message - if you've got a mp3 player and love something do a search for a podcast and keep up to date and keep informed. My colleagues are always amazed by my knowledge on english and european football I don't like to tell them that most of it comes from the various podcasts I listen to.
Summary: Love podcasts and always will