Most of the podcasts I've listened to so far have come from ITConversations. There's a definite character to these. With ITConversations I feel like I'm getting in to a university lecture for free. The audio from Gnomedex, Mesh Forum, BloggerCon and Tech Nation are all great to me. I've even heard Adam talk in one or two earlier ones. So a lot of the content at some of these conferences and in the interviews gravitates back toward podcasting (this is getting dangerously close to navel-gazing for myself, but stick with me, we'll pull out of it). A recurring theme seems to be that people think that what podcasters really want is to be famous on the radio. I never got that until now.
Adam Curry's name comes up over and over again around podcasting. I heard that he's involved with Podshow Inc. and I heard that Winer and he had a falling out earlier this year (and I gather these two things are related). So I decided to have a listen to the Daily Source Code. First off, it has nothing to do with Source Code. Apparently it's not Daily either. The Daily thing I don't mind, but I don't like people misappropriating my jargon.
Anyhow, he starts off with a lot of radio-esque drops (samples and stuff that is). He launches into his banter and talks for a bit about nothing. That's not exciting, but it's normal for the serial podcaster genre (as opposed to packaged up one-time conference or interview podcasts). Then he launches into some music. Music? wtf? I was confused. After the song is done (a mash-up somewhere outside my musical interests), just more rambling talk. Where he's been. About his condo. About his studio hardware and software set up. Anyways, as it goes on I here him talking far too much about his Logitech speakers and I start thinking "This is so obviously a plug." Then he says it's a plug, so I'm okay with that. About then I was interrupted so I turned him off for a bit.
I like to give people a chance. I like to spend some time thinking about things if other people are really into them. And I hate to leave a story half-way through. I put the DSC back on later and it sounded a lot better. There was more music, more plugs for other podcasts and more podsafe music. The same stuff, but this time I enjoyed it a little. As much as I'd like good drive-time radio.
What's the difference? The content didn't change, my approach did. When I first flipped on the DSC I didn't know what to expect and it wasn't what I was in the mood for. The second time I knew where Adam was coming from so I was ready for it. That and the mash-up he played later was a lot better than the first one.
Now I'm halfway through the Wednesday DSC and I've heard a bunch more podcast promos and all about Adam's cholesterol, some nice music and some not-so-nice. It does make good background listening for those long blog posts.