Although it sometimes seems like everyone has a podcast these days, the truth is that most Americans still do not listen to podcasts regularly. The team supported by Y Combinator behind the Podcast application plans to change that.
And yes, that’s the real name of the application. Co-founder and CEO Martín Siniawski said that no one else has claimed it first.
Siniawski argued that most of the existing podcast applications were built years ago, “when it was a really different medium.” They are designed for people who already know what a podcast is, already know what podcasts they are looking for understand what it means to subscribe.
In contrast, Siniawski said that the Podcast application is designed to be “extremely fast, extremely easy and extremely reliable and stable.”
It’s easy? Well, the website boasts that it’s “so simple, even your grandmother could use it.”
“We have invested a lot to ensure that we can take people and take them step by step so as not to overwhelm them,” Siniawski said.
When you open the app for the first time, you are prompted to identify your centers of interest and then you get a list of podcast recommendations. Once you watch a specific podcast, you can browse all the episodes or just the “Best Of” (based on the Podcast application’s engagement data), and then press the buttons to favorite the show and download individual episodes.
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Beyond making the application easy to understand, Siniawski said that he also focused on helping people find the right podcast for them. Create good search capabilities at the application scale and podcast-specific help, just like the best lists, but he said that it was only the beginning.
On the one hand, there is more to do in search, such as indexing the full content of the episodes, not just the titles and descriptions. On the other hand, Siniawski hopes to take a Netflix-like approach to “leverage more and more of these data to provide recommendations.”
The Podcast application has built a library of 30 million episodes, and includes most of the big names in podcasting. In the future, Siniawski said he hoped to work with podcasters to work on the original programming, and incorporate more types of advertisements and subscriptions (the startup currently limits the number of podcasts). its own monetization to display the ads that run in the application).
Oh, and if you’re wondering how Siniawski was able to get such a simple (and friendly) name for its application, the answer is simple: Nobody claimed it first.