Listening to podcasts on a computer has always been a bit frustrating.
The usual option - listening via iTunes, has become less and less appealing as the number of podcasts I’m interested has grown. It’s very easy to hit subscribe on 20 different shows and immediately be overloaded with unlistened episodes. And considering my MacBook Air uses an SSD with limited capacity, this gets frustrating quick.
The alternative is listening on websites. Almost all the podcasts I listen to (largely comedy or tech content) have websites serving up their content in a basic player. The websites tend to be nice and offer a lot of great complementary content, but this method has its flaws too. I suddenly have to visit a ton of sites and pages to get to what I want to listen to. And when I need to stop listening to something (or accidentally close a tab playing content), I lose my position and have to manually navigate back to it. It can be frustrating.
But it doesn’t necessarily have to be. So in the last 30 days, I worked with David Mancherje and Cyrus Ghahremani to create Podbay.fm. We launched it earlier this week, and we think it solves a lot of these problems I’ve highlighted and more. We think it’s the best listening experience on the web, and feedback so far has been great.
If you’re curious, we highlighted a few of our features at podbay.fm/about. My personal favorites are the auto-saved episode positions, and the share-a-clip tool.
Please check it out and let us know what you think.