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iPhone, TWIG and podcasts at 2x speed

I was listening to TWIG (This Week In Google with Leo Laporte) a couple weeks ago, and the topic of listening to podcasts at high-speed came up. This is something that I had never even considered. According to one of the panelists on that week’s TWIG, a person’s brain can actually absorb more data when the information delivery process is sped up. So I decided to give it a try.

The iPod and iPhone have a simple option to set the speed for podcasts and audiobooks to 2x. The iPod/iPhone has some type of tone enhancer so that the spearker’s voice doesn’t sound like a Chipmunk. I am impressed with how well this works. Any music played on the podcast sounds weird, of course. But otherwise…

After trying this, I decided that I quite like it. I listen to all podcasts at 2x speed now. It has a major pro and con; both are the same thing: I can listen to twice as many podcasts now. The pro is that I can actually listen to all of the podcasts I subscribe to. The con is that I run through all the episodes before the week is done, so I end up with nothing to listen to at the end of the week.

All in all, I recommend trying podcasts at 2x. At the very worst, you can hit a button and go back to normal speed. :)

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Geek News Central’s Todd on “Netcast”

First off, let me point out that I love Todd from Geek News Central like a brother. His podcast is one of my absolute favorites, and I tend to listen to it within a few hours of its release. However, there are some times when Todd can be completely off-base. And that is definitely the case regarding Todd’s response to Leo LaPorte’s call to rename “podcasts” to “netcasts”:

Sure we have a long way to go in educating the public. But letís be honest, when I break podcasting down into a 45 second elevator pitch people can immediately say wow thatís pretty cool.I am not here to dismiss Leoís idea, but I think Leo should work with everyone to help drive public awareness of Podcasts and not the word Netcast. If we as Podcasters engage our audiences to start spreading the word about podcasting and give them a central resource to find info then I think we can really make a difference.

So my challenge is to Leo will you reverse course and help in the education of this new media.

I think that Todd has totally missed Leo’s point. Leo is trying to stave off Apple, as Apple tries to take control of all things “pod.” Apple does not have a right to the term “podcast,” but it seems very obvious that they are going to do their best to take control of it. The term itself is becoming a hindrance, as it draws an instant belief in potential new listener’s minds that this is an Apple/iPod thing. I know I am not the only person who has had someone ask, “Don’t I need an iPod to listen to a podcast?”

I think it is very cute that Todd has created his own little phrase that podcast theoretically stands for. But that’s all it is: cute. No one is ever going to associate “podcast” with “personal, on-demand broadcasts.” Sorry, Todd, but the “pod” will always call “iPod” to mind for people who are new to this form of media.

Having said that, I must point out I’m not thrilled with netcast, either. I mean, it’s a step in the right direction, and one can see an association there – internet broadcast = netcast. And lord knows I can’t come up with a better phrase myself.

Anyway, if anyone has the right to argue with Laporte on this issue, it is Todd. After all, he did write the book on podcasting. But I think he is backing the wrong side on this. Leo has a good idea, and the movement is worthy. Back netcasts today!

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