Music Podcasters – PLEASE Use Chapters

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Podcast usability pet peeve #1 – if you run a radio-type podcast featuring music you MUST use chapters.

I love your show – I love discovering new music and I’ve found that your show is one of the best ways to do it. But it’s really frustrating to hear something I want to check out only to not know what it is. Sorry, I’m not fully paying attention to your show – I’m at work.

I understand that this means abandoning MP3. If you don’t want to do that, just put a time-stamp into your show’s comments for each track. If I can take a look at your show’s comments and get what I want that way that’s way better than thinking I missed out on something great because I didn’t know what I was listening to.

Offenders? You probably know who you are, but here are a couple:

You should think more like these guys, who do it right:

<ul>
    <li><a href="http://www.xlr8r.com/podcast">XLR8R</a></li>
    <li><a href="http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=73663807">iTunes New Music Tuesday</a></li>
    <li><a href="http://www.indiefeed.com">indiefeed</a> (ok, barely counts because it's one track at a time)</li>

Bonus points if you can get a link in there for me to buy it from your affiliate. Yes, you deserve a cut because without you I may never have found it.

5 thoughts on “Music Podcasters – PLEASE Use Chapters”

  1. Thanks for commenting Sean.

    I know you guys talk about the tracks before playing them, but I’m not wondering what the track is (if I like it) until after I hear it.

    If you guys could consider putting the time a track appears in the show’s comments that would be a major step up.

  2. I am more than willing to do that Dan! The podcasts aren’t for us, as contributors, they are for you, as a listener. So whatever makes the experience better on your end is something I’m up for trying. After all, I end every podcast asking for feedback, so I can’t really complain when I get it! :)

  3. Think it’s great that you take the time to listen pod casts are a time consuming affair and Sean does a great job

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