Controversy in the podcastosphere

I’ve stumbled upon something potentially explosive that’s sure to impact all the six million Americans who are listening to podcasts each and every day.

While commuting to work this morning, I powered up my iPod and thumbed through the dozens of mp3′s which my sophisticated podcasting setup had downloaded for me overnight. When I got to‘s podcast number #1627, though, I almost lost my earbuds. Here’s the part that grabbed me:

“Am I the only person who doesn’t like the new Sound of the Day intro and outro music? I liked the other stuff better.”
openpodcast_1627.mp3 (00:17 mp3)

Whoa. Everyone knows the Sound of the Day intro and outro music changes every month or so, but have they gone too far this time? Are they alienating their audience, potentially putting off millions of mp3-savvy listeners?

Then I got to OpenPodcast #1629 and it got worse. Much worse. Not only did this ‘caster dislike the new intro music, but he’d taken it one step further.

“I just want to agree with #1627. The Sound of the Day is just not the same. I’ve even unsubscribed from the Sound of the Day in my aggregator.”
openpodcast_1629.mp3 (00:35 mp3)

These 52 seconds are revolutionary. There’s definitely a movement building here, and it threatens to pop the podcast bubble before we’ve even reached 10 million listeners (currently targeted for mid-May). As for me, I am staying above the fray and keeping the Sound of the Day in my aggregator — but if this pressure keeps building, I’m not sure I’ll be able to hold out for long.

Update: Here’s an all-time favorite from the Sound of the Day. Ah, the good ol’ days.

6 Responses to “Controversy in the podcastosphere”

  1. Mike Says:

    For the record, I do not believe there are 6,000,000 Americans listening to podcasts. I do not use a fancy podcasting setup to download podcasts overnight. I do not listen to podcasts on my iPod at all, let alone while I’m commuting. I do not use iPod’s earbuds, I think they’re uncomfortable. But I do really like that Sound of the Day from January 14th.

  2. Christine Says:

    *whew* I was afraid you were using earbuds while driving, and I was going to have to encourage the purchase of an iTrip to help keep you safe.

  3. Steve Says:

    As the author of the Sound of the Day, I would like to say that I’m certainly glad that people are listening and am saddened to hear that someone has decided to stop. I can only hope they’ll give the show another chance next month.

    Having said that, I intend to vary the music greatly from time to time and am not surprised that some people will not be as interested in a new theme as they might have been in previous themes. As a matter of fact, the intention was always to encourage people to let me know which they liked best and to bring a couple of the more popular ones back for another whirl.

    I have to be realistic, however. If someone decides to stop listening because of the theme presented one month, they were bound to leave sooner or later regardless of what I did. In general, I’ve had some very positive feedback with each new theme and hope listeners will continue to listen – even when an old favorite stops being used… for a while. ;)

    Thanks for listening. Feel free to drop me a line anytime. I’d love to hear from you.

  4. Jon Says:

    I listen to the radio when I drive. Can you tell I am rural?

  5. JD Says:

    Maybe not 6 million yet, but I think podcasting is catching on.

  6. Ashley Says:

    i have been unhooked from the internet so long, I have no idea what you are talking about. My iPod is still full of The Sound of 2003.
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