Thursday, July 11, 2013
Podcasting is a big part of my weight loss success, a combination of education, focus, and entertainment for me. I've already mentioned one of them, Renee Stephens' "Inside Out Weight Loss" but before I post about some others, I thought I'd share what I think are essential items for listening to them.
First, there is iTunes, which means you need a computer and a reasonably fast internet connection, at least when downloading. Yes, you can track and download them manually as I used to do, but iTunes (finally) does a really nice job as a podcast library.
Second, you need a portable player, and the gold standard for me is the C Crane Witness. It has 2 GB memory, great rechargeable battery life, a USB 2.0 connection for you computer. Plus, it receives both AM and FM radio. Plus, you can schedule recordings of radio stations just like a DVR records TV programs. It doesn't play video like an iPod or iPhone, but it does audio better than any other device, and it should at the price.
Third, you need comfortable headphones. Unless you're also doing music, I recommend a couple of inexpensive models, the Sony MDR-G45 behind the neck and the MEElectonics HT-21. The latter folds for easier travel, but I sought this out because the Sony and most others just aren't loud enough on some devices, including my current laptop. The HT-21 is perfect if walking or exercising in noisy areas, delivering more than enough decibels. Both of these headphones are $25 or so, both on Amazon and C Crane.
Someday, I plan to start doing my own podcasts, maybe with a partner, and that will require some more equipment I'll describe then.