Thanks so much to the Moxie Mo Show for giving me my first podcast mention. He is correct, watching videos in iTunes makes it very easy to watch your favorite podcasts, but just as difficult to leave comments.
PodCasters love and need your comments. I wrote an article about what I believe iTunes needs/should do. Other podcatchers, like Miro, should do so as well, but right now iTunes seems to dominate the market.
I have been thinking about why some podcasts are not available in iTunes. Are the hosts/creators just too lazy to make their RSS feeds iTunes compliant?
And then it hit me. Maybe they don’t so that you are forced to watch it in their venue. Be it wordpress, YouTube, etc… If you watch it where they post it, then you are more likely to leave comments.
Let’s face it. Blogging and Vlogging are all about community involvement. The hosts want and need to see those comments. They strive to get more of them. It helps create content for their site (always good) and gives feedback, good and bad. The only way to get better is by knowing what doesn’t work.
So I think it should be imperative for Apple to include a couple more RSS tags that you would allow subscribers to post comments. Maybe even read the current comments right from iTunes. Apple should help bolster the whole community idea that surrounds podcasts. After all, they did put the POD in PODcasts.
Let me know what you think, leave a comment.