I do like podcasts. I listen mostly to music when I'm traveling but I sometimes have the urge to listen to podcasts and especially those that teach me something or cover subjects that I'm interested in.
Podcasts are a great way of keeping up with the latest trends and technology on the internet in a time saving manner. I do not have to be near a computer and I can learn about new stuff while sitting in a car or train.
Odeo is one of those sites that do not look like much but offer a lot to their visitors. Their extensive podcast directory is my number one reason to visit the website.
It is not all about technology or internet, you do find podcasts that cover politics, sex and business as well. You may pick one of the 14 categories and delve right into the immense variety of podcasts that you can listen to directly online while on the site or download to your PC in mp3 format to listen to it there or to transfer it to an mp3 player or other player.
Here is a short overview of what Odea has to offer:
You can start with the Odeo top 40 list of podcasts which is a listing of the top 40 podcasts at Odeo based on their subscriber count. Another option is to take a look at staff picks or click on or search for tags that you are interested in to only find podcasts covering the topic.
The best thing about Odeo is that it does not force you to register at the site. Guests may listen and download the podcasts as well. Members do have some advantages such as being able to create personalized playlists and create favorites.
Update: The Odeo podcast directory is no longer available. The service seems to have been acquired in 2007 and relaunched in March 2009 where it began to offer services for large corporations and enterprises looking to manage video libraries.
Here are some alternatives:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.