Scripting News: The sad state of podcast play.

It was a gorgeous day in NYC yesterday. This time of year produces some of the nicest weather anywhere, probably because the summers here are so harsh, when it finally turns temperate our souls veer to ecstasy. So I went for an unplanned impromptu recreational walk after running a few errands.

I am in the middle of Late Night Week on Fresh Air, which has been a great series of podcasts, interviews with late night hosts. David Letterman, Fred De Cordova the producer of the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien. So I thought this should be easy, get out my Nexus phone, go to the Fresh Air website, find the next show in the series, and click Play.

Unfortunately they have a “mobile” site, that makes this pretty much impossible. I was standing on the side of 60th St, in the shade, actually getting cold (!) and fumbling around, and finally gave up and listened to some well-listened-to Grateful Dead songs from Mars Hotel that were already on the device.

Why, in 2013, many many years into podcasting, do we not have this completely nailed? Ridiculous.

  • (My theory, the people who design the websites are execs who go to conferences where VCs give speeches about how mobile sites are supposed to work, and they make the web designers design do crazy stuff that makes the sites not work.)

About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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