Interesting thought from the Godfather of blogging, Dave Winer. As you know, he invented RSS, which is the basis for the distribution of podcasts. He states that he didn’t believe in social networks around podcasts because of the following reason:
“It was kind of obvious — podcasts aren’t like photos, you can’t make a social network form about them because people get ideas about podcasts when they’re nowhere near a computer, unlike photos or blog posts.”
Which is true if the majority of people listen to podcasts when they’re not near a computer, e.g. when they’re on the move and listening to a show on their iPod. I don’t listen to podcasts at all, not from my iTunes or from my iPod, but my guess would be that Dave is right. Does anyone has a statistic on the percentage of people listening to podcasts from iTunes versus iPod?