Podcasts at Audible.com
Something's happening over at Audible.com. They've recently updated their site (they say it's in beta) and it's a lot easier to find one's way around. They've also got a mysterious site that's kind of announcing something they are calling Wordcasting.
More interesting to me is that they've added podcasting support for their subscriptions, but they've buried it WAY below the fold (meaning you have to scroll way down to find it) on the "My Library" page. (the link will work only if you're an Audible Subscriber). The link is Podcasts, again, if you're a subscriber you'll see it, and they'll show you a link to your personal podcast channel (see image). The bad news is, it's running on port 8080, so I can't use it at work where that port's blocked, but of course it works fine at home.
They recommend a number of programs to receive podcasts:
• NewsGator with FeedStation (recommended)
For the Macintosh
• NetNewsWire (recommended)
I'm using iTunes and my Black Nano 2gig. I'm still not listening podcasts about random folks and their cats, but professionally done (and SHORT) podcasts are growing on me. It's a nice way to spend the commute, or on a drive to Microsoft. That, or a David Sedaris book read by the author. I really like Audible, and I have subscribed for over two years now. Now that they support "rollover" of your book credits, it's an even nicer deal. I've got at least a years worth of listening queued up. Also a nice way to blow a 30 hour plane ride to Africa.
P.S. If you sign up for Audible, tell them I recommended you and I get a free book. I'm "shanselman" or my email address.