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Pick of the podcasts: Mr X and Just Julie

By Darren Waters
BBC News entertainment reporter

Podcasting is being tipped as the next big thing in radio. There are thousands of different podcasts made by ordinary people around the globe that can be downloaded onto a PC and transferred to an MP3 player.

Apple has introduced podcast downloads into its popular iTunes music store and media giants such as CBS, ABC and the BBC are now offering a number of radio programmes in podcast form.

Here are six amateur podcasts which are worth listening to.


Richard Vobes

Coverville

Mommycast

Mr X and Julie

Jawbone

Hometown Tales


MR X AND JUST JULIE

WHO MAKES THE PODCAST?

Mr X and Just Julie, a married couple who live in Saratoga, near New York.

"My wife, Just Julie, actually wanted her own podcast when I was only listening to podcasts in about November of 2004," said Mr X, who does not use his real name in the podcast.

"I helped her with the technical aspect of recording, publishing.

"After a month or so, she got too busy to continue it, and I just started my own for fun while driving to work each day. I liked the outlet and flexibility of being able to record my thoughts anytime I felt like it."

WHAT IS THE PODCAST ABOUT?

The couple reminisce, talk about their lives, play some music and often have guests on the programme.

The attraction of the programme lies in the interaction between the husband and wife team.

"The making of them is a great outlet and a great way to capture history so I and my children can listen to what was on our minds while recording," said Mr X.

"It also has been a great way to make new friends and talk to listeners that I would normally never meet any other way.

"As far as listening, it's refreshing to hear no commercials, no government-controlled content and the fact that one podcast can talk about - or with - another podcast increases the chances of finding other great shows through shows you may already listen to."



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