Podcasts have been around for a very long time. In fact, they’ve been around since before I was born, in the form of radio shows, that is. In a similar fashion with other types of media that found their way to the internet, podcasts did, too, and soon enough became a niche.
Today, there are podcasts for every topic out there, discussing popular topics such as technology developments and film to the even more specific topics with a more specific audience. Heck, there’s even a podcast about podcasts.
I have been listening to podcasts for a long time now, along with other people in or familiar with the tech industry, but ask anyone who doesn’t use the internet as religiously as some of us do what a podcast is, and they’re bound to be confused.
In 2014, however, Serial was launched, and with it came a glimmer of hope for the podcast world. A hope that podcasts would finally go mainstream.
There are many reasons why podcasts are so amazing. One of them being that you can find a podcast on just about any topic you can think of and have instant access to opinions and news related to said topic. But the main reason is, as I see it, podcasts don’t restrict you. With movies and TV shows, you have to have your eyes glued to a screen to be immersed in the content. A similar sentiment goes for reading. With podcasts, however, you can listen to them in bed, in the shower, on your daily commute or maybe even while working out at the gym. Especially with the advent of high production quality podcasts such as Serial and Gimlet Media’s Startup, podcasts are becoming more and more intriguing and immersive.
So maybe now you want to start listening to podcasts, but you’re not sure where to begin. I’ve listed below some of my favorite podcasts to help you get started.
Apple has a decent enough native app for downloading and listening to podcasts, but I’d personally recommend Pocket Casts. It’s available on Android, iOS and the web, and offers a lot of great search and discovery features as well as a sync feature that I can’t live without. It is on the pricier side, however.