For the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of web and java development, both of which can be quite tedious at times. To help me stay focused, I’ve started listening to a lot of developer podcasts. While I’ve got a couple of great shows, I quickly caught up on my backlog of episodes and went hunting for great new shows — and it turns out that the list of tools that exist to help listeners find new shows pretty much starts and ends with the iTunes search bar.
This will not do.
With that, I’d like to introduce Show Notes, a podcast search and recommendation engine. Recommendations are driven by a mix of natural language queries (keywords, episode titles, descriptions), social recommendations (what combinations of shows have other users looked at?), and curated lists (5by5, RelayFM, ‘Shows featuring John Siracusa’, etc.). You can pre-register to get notification when the final results go live, or to become a list curator.
If you’re feeling brave, you can even check out the beta.