I hate that I have listened for years, and this is the one topic that drives me to the fora.
Am I the only one dismayed at the paid ad spots Steve and Jay did recently? I'm not knocking their particular delivery (though it did, to quote the movie Clerks, sound about as natural as an oral bowel movement). I'm distressed that they are turning fine information and entertainment into yet another media tainted by commercialism.
For the record, I will never, never, never visit Audible. I like audio books, but I cannot support a venture that has tainted so many otherwise fine podcasts. I dumped Sloopy and Derek for their ads and many, many other casters. (On second thought, maybe I will visit Audible, if only to point out what fine programing they have ruined and to call them names.) So much for "any ads are good ads," eh?
Hey, Rogues. I know podcast popularity cuts both ways, becoming more expensive as the show grows listeners. How about the most direct solution: Let me give you money. A few bucks to cover the storage and bandwidth is well worth the mental peace of mind for me. All I ask in return is a guarantee for ad-free shows. Let those who don't care listen to pitches for crap for the free content. I gave over $400 this year alone to podcasts. Heck, I bought a George Hrab album a few months ago that I haven't listened to, just to give him money. On the flip side, I dump like a bad transmission any podcast that thinks a few seconds of my time to hear a dunning pitch is not too much to ask. It really, really is.