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Mobile Nations podcast changes and updates!

Mobile Nations podcast changes and updates!

We're going to be making some changes to the podcasts we do here at Mobile Nations — Android Central, CrackBerry, Connectedly, iMore, and Windows Phone Central. That'll no doubt excite some people and upset others, but our single, unwavering goal is to make better shows that you'll enjoy even more. We want to respect your time and your interests, we want to stay focused and stay relevant, So, with all of that in mind, here's what's changing!

Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, and Connectedly

The CrackBerry podcast is going to continue as an occasional show — whenever BlackBerry news and Bla1ze want to fire it up. We have the most enthusiastic BlackBerry users, abusers, and community on the planet, and we'll talk with them whenever we have a chance.

We're working hard to reboot the Windows Phone Central and Connectedly podcasts. No spoilers yet, but stay tuned! (And keep bugging Dan and Adam!)

Android Central podcast and iMore show

Both the Android Central podcast and the iMore show continue to be the heart of our communities and the shows themselves aren't changing. (Though Ally Kazmucha joined the iMore show a regular co-host last week!)

What is changing are the RSS/iTunes VIDEOS. (Audio is staying exactly the same!)

We're going to stop posting those and go all-in on YouTube. It was a tough decision to make but ultimately it cost us a fortunate to serve a tiny fraction of the audience and it just wasn't feasible to keep doing it.

To be clear, the video versions of the shows aren't going away. They're just going to be posted exclusively to YouTube for now. Luckily, there are playlists for both shows that make them really easy to keep up with:

Debug and Iterate

Our developer and designer shows are staying as-is. No changes. If you're at all interested in pushing bits or pixels, or in the history of bit or pixel pushing, check them out! (We had a whole series on .NET and Mono on Debug recently, check it out!)

Vector and ZEN&TECH

Less is more is a hard lesson to learn. I've been doing 7+ shows a week for a while now and it's tough. Getting guests for Vector every week is hard, doing two entertainment-themed shows a week is hard, and it's all more than a little unfocused. So, we're merging some thing together.

Vector is merging with ZEN&TECH to be the all new, all better Vector. It's staying weekly but it's switching format to a panel show where Guy English, Dave Wiskus, Georgia Dow and I talk about technology and culture, from the latest news to how it impacts our lives. We'll also still have the occasional guests.

We're not going to keep posting Vector on Mobile Nations, so if you want to make absolutely sure you don't miss it, subscribe now:

Review and The TV Show

Review is merging with The TV Show to be the all new, all better Review. Dave Wiskus and I will still do the week TV rundowns and Guy English, Dave Wiskus, Georgia Dow and I will still do the current movies, and Guy English, Don Melton, Matt Drance and I will still do the 80s movies, but since it's all one theme, it'll all be in one feed.

We're not going to keep posting Review on Mobile Nations, so if you want to make absolutely sure you don't miss it, subscribe now:

Thanks everyone!

Your support for, and involvement in, all of our shows means more to us than you could imagine! We really hope you understand the changes and keep enjoying the shows we approach, both on Mobile Nations and off.

As always your feedback is invaluable to us, so please make sure you read the entire post and let me know your questions or comments!

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Mobile Nations podcast changes and updates!

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Given the new pace of Microsoft innovation and responsiveness, as well as a growing enthusiastic community, a WP Central podcast on a consistent schedule is absolutely essential!

Consider working with TWiT to leverage resources and sponsors.

Definitely consider having established respected experts as regular guests, such as Paul Thurrott, Mary Jo Foley, etc.

I prefer Dan a lot of the time because he isn't always so down on everything and taking cheap shots. I understand that's Paul's sense of humor, but I think it often goes too far and he says things that are completely unfair and lets them shit there. Then Leo doesn't understand it's not true and they just move on. I get very annoyed.

As for the WPCentral podcast though, I've completely given up. I've just become accustomed to there being no good WP podcast.

I'm disappointed to hear about the change to Vector.  It was a recent find for me and pretty much every epsode had great content from an expert.  The panel idea is interesting but there are other shows that do that and generally they are not nearly as interesting.  The latest episode of Vector, for instance, was ok but I don't think I learned much.

 

I hear ya!  I wish I had more time in the day...  :|

I think both Alan and I are overloaded with a bunch of stuff to do.  I've been approached to do something interesting on monetization and I do think I will work on that but won't be public until the fall so that should help fill some of the gap (I hope :)

 

We'll continue to have guests, the panel just means I don't have to panic if one drops out or scheduling gets problematic.

We'll also likely have some one-on-ones in the feed whenever something cool happens.

Nice.  I'm looking forward to that.  Thanks for sharing the news.  Looking forward to seeing the wpcentral podcast again too.  :)