As a listener of plenty of podcast including many Catholic podcasts – one thing that annoys me is that the ones put out by major Catholic organizations don’t have any cover art. If you have pretty much and recent MP3 player with a video screen, use iTunes, most recent versions of Winamp and many other media players they will show cover art for the podcast or song if any is embedded. Instead for all of the EWTN podcasts, Catholics Answers, Greg Popcak’s HMS radio, and Mark Shea’s "Rock Solid" I get treated with no cover art and a big question mark on my iPod Touch. Almost all Catholic podcasts put out by amateurs include the cover art. Even Vatican Radio has finally got on board in including it. It would be nice if at least they used a generic cover art for their podcast, even better if it was tailored towards the program itself. It would be a lot more professional for them to use cover art considering how many media devices can use it.
I would complain about the America Magazine podcast also not including covert art if I could actually listen to their podcasts without my iPod accidentally becoming a missile. Having interviews with people like Fr. Roger Haight, S.J., Fr John "Let Terri Schiavo die" Paris, S.J. Phillip Pullman fan Donna Freitas, and the author of the worst biography on Pope Benedict XVI is not exactly my cup of tea. Now if they had a separate feed for Fr. Jim Martin I would subscribe to that. Actually though I am subscribed to their podcast feed, I just usually end up deleting more shows than I listen to.
It also annoys me when EWTN puts up blogs by Raymond Arroyo and Joan Lewis without RSS feeds. Memo to EWTN: WordPress is free and you don’t have to attempt to roll your own blogging software.
While I am on petty rants. Please give me back the original Catholic Answers theme music. I loved how the violins punctuated the opening Catholic Answers Live, plus you have to love the irony of using a piece from "New Age" musician Yanni for Catholic Answers. The new theme isn’t very distinctive and much more modern sounding, though I guess I don’t have to worry about Hans Kung being a guest any time soon, though he would make a great April Fools guest.