PodMov Daily: Thursday, March 3
Episode 600: Your Thursday Podthoughts
Why the Worst Podcast App Will Survive Us All
Apple Podcasts never really recovered from its disastrous update last spring, and “keeps getting worse.” Why do listeners keep sticking with it? Joe Berkowitz, a steadfast user, may have cracked the code. Based on his personal experience, the reason has little to do with the app and much to do with human nature.
Berkowitz’s explanation in Fast Company is hilarious, uncomfortable, and deeply relatable. “The temporary epic friction of test-driving other podcast apps seems to outweigh the perpetual friction of continuing to use the one that’s currently making my life worse,” he laments. Better options aren’t on the path of least resistance.
Technological convenience is a powerful addiction, Berkowitz admits. “Does Apple know this about me — that I will never leave its cursed app?” Like millions of listeners, he’s used to the random crashes, eternal loading screens, and episodes getting ‘Raptured’ from his phone. But learning a new interface? Not a chance.
Headphone Listening Boosts Connection to Podcasts
A voice coming from ‘inside our heads’ can be “twice as persuasive as one coming from a speaker,” according to new studies from UC San Diego, UCLA, and UC Berkeley. The Guardian’s Adrienne Matei spoke with researcher Alicea Lieberman, who came up with the idea to test the headphones vs. speaker hypothesis.
When Lieberman turned on This American Life in her car instead of her usual headphones, she noticed an odd lack of connection to Ira Glass: “I was like, ‘Wait a minute, why is that happening? And what does that mean for how I actually perceive these stories?” Five studies with 4,000+ participants suggest that she’s not alone.
‘In-head localization’ makes headphones “a superconductor for emotional connection,” Matei explains. Based on participants’ reactions to samples (like a PSA on distracted driving and an evocative speech clip) it checks out. If podcast hosts start encouraging listeners to pop on their headphones, we’ll know why.
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Here's what else is going on:
- Yet another: Twitter may add a dedicated tab for podcasts. Developer Jane Manchun Wong revealed a screenshot of the feature-in-development, and in rolled the reactions. “Our goal is one new platform announcement every day this week,” joked Amplifi Media CEO Steven Goldstein.
- Setting sale: Next Wednesday, March 9 is “March Marketing Masters,” a special panel from Pod People. For Women’s History Month, two women podcast marketing experts will cover core elements with a focus on data analytics and social media. Followed by a Q&A. Free registration.
- Bright ideas: Congratulations to the 2022 Edit Mode fellows! In its second year, SoundPath’s intensive paid workshop and mentorship program aims to diversify the audio industry’s editor pool. This year’s group of 10 includes the founder of Colombia’s first podcast community.
- Money clip: Applications are due tomorrow for the Podca$h sponsorship program. Two companies, Racket and Stir, plan to deliver payments between $250 and $5,000 to emerging podcasters based on their ideas. Qualified creators will have earned under $10,000 in sponsorships to date.