Alongside the daily festival of articles that flow in on my RSS readers (Unread on my iPhone and iPad, Reeder on my Mac) I’ve gotten heavily into listening to podcasts during the last few years. RSS is the technology that makes it all possible, and the great thing about it is that it’s an open format. I can choose exactly which feeds to subscribe to and easily change to another set of apps should I wish.
Overcast is the app I use for listening to podcasts. Marco Arment, it’s creator, recently published a response to an article on the New York Times in which he takes a strong stance against wishes in certain circles to turn podcasts into something more proprietary – read: data, tracking, monetization. Frederico Viticci sums up some of what’s at stake in his follow-up on MacStories:
I want podcasting to be a spoken extension of the written web – available to everyone, indexed with an open format, unbound by agreement terms and proprietary file formats. I want to know that, 30 years from now, I’ll be able to look up one of my podcast episodes from 2016 like I can look up a 2009 blog post on my server today.
And Jason Snell and Myke Hurley, holding similar views, discuss the whole kerfuffle in the podcast medium itself.
100 Days of Something: 23 “Podcast Kerfuffle” #The100DayProject rdgr.me/u/14m4x4v