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New Podcast: The iLounge Week in Review

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Friday, July 15, 2005
News Categories: Podcasting

imageLive from Cambridge in the United Kingdom, it’s the iLounge Week in Review, with your new host Bob Levens!

iLounge’s first podcasts launched as experiments last year, and we’ve been playing with a number of ideas since then to bring you a regular weekly offering of some sort. Because of the rapid pace of iPod news and updates to our site, we’ve decided to try this new Week in Review format - a single podcast to launch each Friday, helping you get caught up on what’s happened in the iPod, iTunes, and iLounge universes.

This edition is a test of the new format and will go through additional evolutions in the immediate future, with capsule summaries of reviews, tutorials and more to follow. As we continue to tinker with the podcast, your comments and suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.

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1

Good job Bob on the podcast.  smile Glad to see that we are getting more podcasts from iLounge.com.  I’m looking forward to hearing them on a regular basis.

Posted by honeybee1236 on July 15, 2005 at 6:02 PM (PDT)

2

No iTunes link?

Posted by mattwardfh in Texas on July 15, 2005 at 6:08 PM (PDT)

3

We sent iTunes our new podcast feed URL and are awaiting the update to appear once approved. If you subscribe to our current feed in iTunes it will download the newest podcast.

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on July 15, 2005 at 6:12 PM (PDT)

4

Apparently it’s been approved as the link’s there now.

My only complaint is that I wish the show was longer.

Thanks, folks.

Posted by Downing on July 15, 2005 at 8:13 PM (PDT)

5

What is the music that you used in the beginning of the podcast?

Posted by Jim on July 15, 2005 at 10:14 PM (PDT)

6

Jim, the music was composed in GarageBand.

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on July 15, 2005 at 11:36 PM (PDT)

7

Here’s a link to the iTunes page:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=73330634

Posted by Kirk McElhearn on July 15, 2005 at 11:46 PM (PDT)

8

Maybe I’m the only one, but I found the new host to be really boring.  It was like he was just reading the stuff off a piece of paper, and his pitch never changed.  If anyone’s listened to the Engadget podcasts they just converse between themselves, and they’re always joking around, but they still talk about a lot of intresting stuff.  After a few minutes of the iLounge podcast I was bored out of my skull.  I realise that it’s the first one, and they’ll probably improve, but you have to get someone who enjoys talking about ipods, or whatever.

Posted by The Boiler Room on July 16, 2005 at 1:12 AM (PDT)

9

I agree with The Boiler Room.  It seemed too scripted.  Podcasts are meant to be fun, and should have some jokes/personal opinions/conversations in them.

This site is great for getting information to people, so why do we also need a podcast to do the same thing?

Posted by Aaron on July 16, 2005 at 1:42 AM (PDT)

10

Sorry…but I have to agree.

This needs to be more conversational, rather than reading out a list of maunufacturers advertising.

Posted by Chris on July 16, 2005 at 1:59 AM (PDT)

11

I liked the American speaker that did the first 2 podcast’s a lot better…

Posted by Mike on July 16, 2005 at 3:42 AM (PDT)

12

Not bad - though I have to admit that I like British accents.  smile  I also like European touches (like saying “coupé” instead of “coupe”).

That said, Bob really, really needs a partner and room for some off-the-cuff discussion.  After all, it’s the iLounge… relax!

Posted by Jonathan on July 16, 2005 at 8:16 AM (PDT)

13

I’d have to say i would agree, t podcast was boring.I would have listed if i didn’t read the site, but i read daily. I think it would be cool to hear a british accent, but it really dosen’t matter as long as it is livened up a bit. I listen to twit, and love it, there is an example to go by.

Posted by eVan on July 16, 2005 at 11:26 AM (PDT)

14

Quote by: The Boiler Room

“Maybe I’m the only one, but I found the new host to be really boring.  It was like he was just reading the stuff off a piece of paper, and his pitch never changed.  If anyone’s listened to the Engadget podcasts they just converse between themselves, and they’re always joking around, but they still talk about a lot of intresting stuff.  After a few minutes of the iLounge podcast I was bored out of my skull.  I realise that it’s the first one, and they’ll probably improve, but you have to get someone who enjoys talking about ipods, or whatever.”

Couldn’t agree more…
he has a nice voic eand all, but i was ready to fall asleep after a few minutes.  The podcast is boring and has no life.  it is like reading a really slow book that isnt going anywhere.  I suggest getting a second host and livening up the podcast.

Posted by steve on July 16, 2005 at 12:27 PM (PDT)

15

I agree with all of you above, the Podcast was very boring, I stopped listening half way. The 2 previous iPodLounge Podcasts were way better.

Posted by Vincent on July 16, 2005 at 4:29 PM (PDT)

16

I really enjoy the Engadget podcasts because they are quite unplanned. They often get half way through and remember something they should be discussing. There is usually a good debate involved.

Posted by daveoc64 on July 16, 2005 at 6:11 PM (PDT)

17

Whoever’s responsible for podcasts around here should listen to this: http://www.idlewords.com/2004/08/an_audioblogging_manifesto.htm.

Posted by daveinbrooklyn on July 16, 2005 at 7:48 PM (PDT)

18

Yes.. as The Boiler Room said I find this one is boring - like some one reading it….
You should upgrade it its very low level.

Posted by LinkTree on July 16, 2005 at 10:26 PM (PDT)

19

Based on your comments (and confirmation of our own feelings that some tweaks were going to be necessary), we’re making significant adjustments to the format for upcoming podcasts. Starting this week, we’ll move to a three-person format, and I think you’ll like the new execution. We’re keeping Week in Review, but going a bit McLaughlin Group.

I personally did our first two podcasts, but subsequently haven’t had anywhere near the time I’ve wanted to work on them. However, we’re committed to making this work and work well.

So, though it’s going to require a time commitment, Larry and I will be part of the new three-person format, and there will be some fairly major production-level changes rolled out as well. Bob will become moderator-in-chief in the McLaughlin mode, and we’ll consider incorporating additional audio content as it becomes appropriate.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on July 17, 2005 at 11:24 AM (PDT)

20

Awesome!!!!  I knew sooner or later you guys would make your own podcast.  And awesome podcast like as well.  Automatically opens iTunes and subscribes you through iTunes.  Usually i have to manually DL the rss feeds or get it from another prog like iPodder.  iLounge ROCKS!!!

Posted by digitaldevil on July 18, 2005 at 7:55 PM (PDT)

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