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!

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!). In other words, the AUDIO VERSIONS ARE STAYING THE SAME.

What is changing are the RSS/iTunes VIDEOS.

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 fortune 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:

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!)

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!

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!

 

Reader comments

Mobile Nations podcast changes and updates!

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Yep, same here. Only started going to android central after discovering the podcast. Listened to the podcast, video doesn't work for me. Oh well, I'll just find another site like I did after the verge jumped the shark.

Posted via Android Central App

The audio podcast is not going anywhere.

The dedicated RSS feed and offline download for video is what's going away. Please don't confuse people.

I hope to see a Mobile Nations editor podcast again soon to discuss MN & the way the mobile industry has been going over the last year or so and where its expected to go in the future!.

Is it not possible to have an app on Android/iOS similar to the TWiT Pro that allows you to download the podcasts? Might bypass the cost of posting to iTunes??

Posted via Android Central App

So my audio only subscriptions on Pocketcasts won't need updating or changing for Review or AC podcast will they?

Posted via Android Central App

I completely understand the reasoning for cutting the RSS video. But I don't have to be happy about it. :(

The part that irks me a bit is that it just came back a few months ago, and is going away again.

One thing I'd like to suggest is that you do less if the "well if you were watching the video version you would see this thing" and just remember a tiny bit more that most of your listeners won't go track the video down later.

Posted via Android Central App

So Rene Ritchie, how is Review changing? It has become my favorite podcast to listen to. So you will no longer dedicate a entire episode to a in depth look at one movies or series, but instead a surface look at a lot of movies or series?

Review is going to stay the same, we're just incorporating the TV Show into it. So, same great content, only one feed to keep track of.

Cool, like your Arrow episode. Then can I recommend a shows on Farscape. Or maybe a show about one season sci-fi TV shows that should have never been canceled: Space Above and Beyond, Mercy Point, and Firefly.

Posted via Moto X

I know I'm behind in the times but the only time I listen to podcasts is when they appear in the AC app feed. I didn't know about some of these podcasts. They look interesting.

Posted via Android Central App

We need the WPC podcast back, and FAST. With all the news about Windows Phone coming about, this should be the time that show shines.

As long as you're making changes, I suggest the new Vector/Zen and Tech could favor the iPhone a lot less. I think Rene is a great podcaster but is pro iLife/anti-Android. If you don't believe me, listen to his comments on Vector 48 where he suggests the GPU problem is an Android issue and some other nonsense about chips being tuned for science and math. Luckily Anand set him straight but would really like to see an Android neutral Rene.

Your recollection of that episode is inaccurate. I'm not pro-iOS/anti-Android, I just understand that both are better at different things. iOS stressed user experience and security first, Android stressed functionality and flexibility first. Now, both have made great strides at being easy to use, secure, flexible, and feature rich.

i.e. the real differences are disappearing and only the opinionated differences are remaining.

Not sure why that's hard for everyone to accept, but it seems to be.

Listen to the Vector with Phil and Jerry for more :)

It's alright you can use tube mate to download the video version if you want to

Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or Galaxy S5

I'm fine with you guys saving money by dropping the video into youtube only. Just so glad to hear the audio version of AC is not going away. The last 6 months have been a bloodbath for my favorite podcasts. I don't understand how those sites continually under-value the reach and mindshare that a good podcast brings them. I found this site by finding the podcast and now I check in every day.