Today we’re launching our first weekly podcast. The Commutist gives you all the tech news and analysis you need to know during your morning commute into work. This episode is all about Amazon’s new Kindle lineup — and whether they’re worth all the hype.


Om has long described GigaOM as not just a media company — but an information company. And part of our job is to get that information to you wherever you may be.

As we consume more content on-the-go, we figured it was high time to get into the podcast game. So here we are, introducing The Commutist, our weekly round up of important tech news and analysis that is meant to make you that much smarter on your way into work.

Normally, the show will have three segments covering a broad array of topics. But given Amazon’s big event Thursday, this episode is a Kindle-tacular extravaganza. GigaOM staffers Kevin Tofel and Laura Hazard Owen join Commutist co-host Erica Ogg and myself to break down what you need to know about the Paperwhite and the Fires.

So take a listen, and let us know how we can make the show better.


RSS FEED: http://commutist.libsyn.com/rss

Show notes:

0:00:00 – 0:00:50 – Intro

0:00:50 – 0:11:42 Laura Hazard Owen talks about the event, runs down the news and talks about digital publishing

0:12:05 – 0:24:17 Kevin Tofel joins us for a in-depth tech discussion going over the specs of the new Kindles and how they stack up against other tablets out there.

0:24:17 – 0:27:15 – Parting gifts:

Kevin recommends a cool LEGO robot/Segway video

Erica likes the Routehappy travel app

And Chris recommends the Canon T4i camera.

The Commutist theme song is composed and performed by Phil Reno

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  1. Pro tip for those using the iOS Podcast client.

    Until Apple approves our podcast it will not show up in iTunes. Apple does not make it obvious how to subscribe to podcasts in their Podcast app unless they are in the iTunes store so here’s what you need to do.

    When you’re in the Podcasts app and viewing your list of subscribed podcasts, there’s a black bar at the top with a Search field. Paste a podcast URL (http://commutist.libsyn.com/rss) into this field and tap on Search. A dialog will display asking if you want to subscribe to the podcast. Tap “Subscribe” to add it to your podcast.

    1. Thanks, Ian,

      We submitted to iTunes this morning and will let everyone know when it goes live. From iTunes you can also go to the “Advanced” menu > Subscribe to podcast and then past in the RSS link.

    2. Nice. I was just lamenting not finding it in the app!

  2. Stacey Higginbotham Friday, September 7, 2012

    You should listen to this just to hear Chris’ 30-second opinion on the Kindle Touch at 13:30 and Kevin explaining how Amazon fixed it.

  3. Brent Salisbury Friday, September 7, 2012

    Thanks for the new podcast. I makes the road time manageable. It gets dangerous being offline, this helps.

  4. Agree with Brent – Brand new baby and this is pretty much the only way I can get tech news. Between this and the Anandtech podcast, my commutes are now actually educational. Interesting how we’ve had this tech for almost ten years but good old fashioned production was the bottleneck.

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