This week, we’re diving into a topic that's gaining popularity at an astounding rate--podcasts.

While the podcast as we know it has been around for decades, the format is seeing a newfound surge in interest. From food to quantum physics, there’s now a show for just about any topic and audio is shaping up to be the format of choice in 2016.

From new social platforms and streaming apps to accessories for breaking into the recording world yourself, we’re sharing some of our favorite finds from around the web!

P.S. If you'd rather just watch hilarious people make fun of podcasts, check out Attack of the Pod(cast) People by Above Average.



Overcast

Apps

Overcast might not have the largest feature set of the podcast apps out there, but the ones it has shine. Smart speed compresses gaps and pauses in audio, social features make it simple to find new podcasts to enjoy and playlist and library controls make it easy to organize your favorite listening options.

If you’re not an iOS user, you’ll find alternative recommendations in our recent app round-up - The Best Podcast Apps for Android.


This is Your Brain on Podcasts

Articles

Scan of Brain Activity

Turns out that podcasts might not just be good consuming information or entertaining yourself on a long commute. This New York Times article discusses how listening to narrative podcasts has a direct influence on your brain and can help to build creativity, trigger emotional responses and even create alternate realities for listeners.


Anchor.fm

Apps

Anchor App Screenshot

Anchor is kind of like YouTube or Instagram but for audio. All you need is a mobile device and an account and you can start broadcasting to the masses. From short clips to full podcast-esque episodes, everything is organized into channels and easy to browse. Listeners can leave comments and share Anchor clips with friends. It’s kind of like talk radio, but more interactive. We’re excited to see where this platform goes.


Panasonic ErgoFit Earbuds

Accessories

Panasonic ErgoFit Earbuds Product Image

With 4 stars and more than 4,300 reviews on Amazon, these little earbuds are affordable enough to toss in your bag yet offer audio quality perfectly suitable for switching between your podcasts and music library. Rated a top choice by Wirecutter, they also include a microphone and remote button to make it easy to pause and take a call or send out a Siri request for the location of the nearest coffee shop.


iRig Mic Cast

Accessories

iRig Mic Cast on iPhone

One of the biggest misconceptions about podcasting is that it requires an expensive studio. While you won’t get pro-level recordings with this little mic, it’s a great way to get started with podcasting or audio recording. It uses your phone to capture audio, reducing the number of gadgets you need to carry and is a vast improvement over the internal mics of many mobiles.


How to Start a Podcast

Articles

Mic, digital recorder and headphones on desk

If you’re ready to dig a little deeper into creating a podcast, this guide from This Week for Dinner offers up a heaping helping of suggestions on everything from equipment and software to planning a podcast that won’t just fizzle out in a few weeks. There’s options for advanced or professional audio recording to provide options to fit any budget or skill level.


gPodder Podcast Directory

Resources

With the sheer number of podcasts available, how can you know you’re not missing out on something you’ll love? If you’re not content with the offerings of the iTunes store or the database in your favorite podcast app, GPodder is one of the oldest and most comprehensive web-based podcast directories around. If you don’t mind managing your podcasts at the computer, you can even use it to catalog and sync podcasts across multiple devices.


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