Purists might define podcasts very narrowly as audio files that can be captured and played on a digital audio player. Podcatchers such as iTunes and Juice can be used to automatically download podcasts and transfer those files to a digital audio player such as an iPod or the MobiBLU DAH-1500i (“the cube”).
Personally, I don’t own a digital audio player. I manually download podcasts, use Roxio CD Creator to create a music CD and burn the podcast onto a CD. After that, I just play the audio CD on my car stereo to help make it through the long commute.
Since Barb Poole wrote about podcasts the other day, I thought I’d throw in my 2-cents worth and list three podcasts in addition to the ones she mentioned. New episodes appear fairly regularly on these sites.
A recent addition to the podcast scene is the Genealogy Tech Podcast, concentrating on the technology side of genealogy. Bill Puller posted his first episode on June 10, 2006 and has posted four episodes so far on 1- Choosing a Web Browser, 2- Protopage, 3- A9.com, and 4- Map Builder. His voice reminds me of Stephen Hill from public radio’s Music from the Hearts of Space, and if you’ve heard Hearts of Space, you know that can’t be bad.
Dick Eastman occasionally throws a podcast into Eastman’s Online Genealogical Newsletter; the most recent podcast entitled Excavating Grandma’s Privy for Family History Data was posted on June 15, 2006. Wow! What a title to get your attention! Earlier this month, Dick’s podcasts covered an interview with Liz Kerstens about Clooz 2.0 and an interview with Christine Rose about her book Courthouse Research for Family Historians.
DearMyrtle publishes a podcast, but deal old Myrt has been busy with some family issues the last few months and we’ve been anxiously waiting for word from her. The wait is over. She published her most recent podcast on June 20, 2006 including interviews with Kathy Meade on Swedish Church Records and with Denise Olsen on creating folders in Microsoft Outlook and Uninterruptible Power Supplies. DearMyrtle has posted over 30 episodes so far.
I’ve found several other genealogy podcasts on the web, but most of them appear to have been one-time or short-lived podcasts. That doesn’t mean the content is uninteresting or non-informative. Further discussion of these “orphan” podcasts will have to wait for another day.