Seems everyone I know is now listening to audio books and podcasts. 🙂
In the fall of 2014, the medium of podcasting achieved a milestone moment. The podcast Serial – which reinvestigated the 1999 murder of Maryland high school student Hae Min Lee – became the fastest podcast to reach 5 million streams or downloads in iTunes history. Although the success of Serial – a spinoff of WBEZ’s This American Life – clearly represented a new peak in the popularity of podcasts, Pew Research Center data show that the medium has, in fact, been steadily growing its audience …
I’m currently subscribed to about 70 podcasts. But truly only listen to about a dozen of those. They are all free via iTunes.
I have about 20 audio books lined up into the future. I pay an average of about $10 for those.
I buy from Amazon – Audible.com.
The advantages of audio over reading are many. But progress in the switch over has been slower than I would have expected.
Sadly, Apple has mostly bungled podcasts. Their apps have been lousy. Yet the competitors have not dented the importance of iTunes in distribution.
Audible is too dominant in the audio book market. They don’t innovate. They charge too much / title. Yet competitors have not dented the market leader, Amazon.
related – Against all odds, print books are on the rise again in the US
Sounds horrendous. The hunter faced death threats from outraged conservationists.
But the issue is far more complex than it seems at first glance.
The permit came from Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Each year it targets several older rhinos that are no longer able to breed but still pose a deadly threat to younger males. The proceeds are meant to go toward anti-poaching and conservation efforts.
That $350,000 does much to protect black rhino. Many hunters are keen conservationists.
Want to know more?
Back in 2014, Corey Knowlton paid $350,000 for a hunting trip to Namibia to shoot and kill an endangered species. He’s a professional hunter, who guides hunts all around the world, so going to Africa would be nothing new. The target on the other hand would be. And so too, he quickly found, would be the attention.
This episode, producer Simon Adler follows Corey as he dodges death threats and prepares to pull the trigger. Along the way we stop to talk with Namibian hunters and government officials, American activists, and someone who’s been here before – Kenya’s former Director of Wildlife, Richard Leakey. All the while, we try to uncover what conservation really means in the 21st century.
Listen to the story on RadioLab.
Apple invented and popularized podcasting. But they’ve never been very keen. Not enough profit. Most podcasts are free, you see.
imore just posted an overview article – Best podcast apps for iPhone
I assumed one of the dedicated 3rd party apps MUST be superior to the much criticized Podcasts app that comes with the new iPhones by default.
So … I tried two of the top recommendations:
Sadly, I couldn’t see enough advantage over the default Apple software. So I’m sticking with iTunes.
iTunes 12 Yosemite is not nearly as bad as I thought at first glance. 🙂
related – Examining iTunes 12’s New Interface
I’m a fan of Freakonomics Radio, the audiocast.
… hosted by journalist Stephen Dubner, with economist Steve Levitt as a regular guest. Freakonomics Radio occasionally hits No. 1 on iTunes, with 4 million downloads a month …
Dubner and Levitt have 3 Freakonomics books, the most recent of which I just read.
Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain
It’s short. But good.
Freakonomics attempts to shed light on topics misunderstood by the general public.