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The two reasons why I switched to Overcast

We should be different. If we’re not different (in a good way), we need to be better or cheaper. You are not looking for methods to be cheaper. Being better is always an option; being the best one will always be attractive. But, how are you going to be best and how do we measure quality?

It’s not easy. You might consider yourself the best, many of your customer might agree with you, but what about the market?

Small features big impact

You’re different (and better), but it might not be that obvious to your customers at first. Sometimes it’s the small details that makes you different. Sometimes people might not even realize why you are different until they’re being told the reason by an existing customer.

Sometimes a smile is the only difference, and sometimes it’s enough to make your customers return. At other times, we discover what seems to be small details that makes a huge difference.

Introducing Overcast

I really enjoy listening to podcasts. I listen to podcasts every single day. You can find the podcasts I am currently listening to here.

I’ve been asked many times which podcast is my favorite, but I can’t just say one. There are so many awesome podcasts, that’s why I have added all my favorites to the list.

I have been using many different apps to listen to podcasts. The latest one was Stitcher, until I read a blog post from Carolyn at Wonder of Tech.

Carolyn wrote that Overcast is her favorite podcast app. I trust Carolyn (think about the painter), and I read the post. I was very satisfied with Stitcher, but Carolyn wrote about two features of Overcast that impressed me.

overcast smart speed

First, there’s smart speed that closes the gaps or “dead air” between words. This makes it faster to listen to a podcast since we don’t need to listen to “any” silence.

The second one is voice boost. It maintains an even volume during the episodes and the various podcasts. I have listened to many podcasts with various quality of sound.

I had heard of Overcast before, but reading the post from Carolyn was the first time I had any information about smart speed and voice boost. I noticed that I just had to switch to Overcast rigth away, and a few minutes later I had upgraded to the paid version.

How easy would it be for your clients to replace you?

I started writing about the painter, I continued to write about the reason I switched to Overcast, and now I’m thinking about an important question.

Let’s get back to the painter for a moment. I know nothing about him. But I would have hired him, because he was showing up for work, he was doing the work, and a person I trust hired him.

But, it would have been easy to replace him. There are a lot of painters. And, I know a lot of people who have hired other painters.

I switched from Stitcher to Overcast within a few minutes, without thinking much about the decision. I just felt that it was the right decision to do. Overcast had two features that I hadn’t used before, and both was “perfect” for me (and different from the other podcast apps I have been using).



17 responses to “The two reasons why I switched to Overcast”

  1. Hi Jens, Yes, Overcast is an excellent example of creativity. Plenty of podcast apps existed already but a podcast fan who happens to be an app developer thought he could do better. He realized the annoyances of podcasts and solved the issues with a new app.

    Everyone else took podcast apps for granted but he chose to make his better and easier to use. Now we’re saving hours of wasted time with Overcast’s efficient features.

    What thing could we make better?

    Thanks for the shout out, Jens. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Overcast as much as I am!

  2. Josh says:

    Hi Jens,

    Do you listen to podcasts while driving or walking or are you stationary?

    • Hi Josh,

      I never listen to podcast while at the office or while working. I’m always on the move, either walking or driving a car (mostly walking).

      Do you listen to any podcasts?

      • Josh Wilner says:

        I haven’t started listening to any yet, but I have been thinking about looking into it.

        • Josh, You should definitely check out podcasts. I bet you find many you’ll enjoy. I listen to podcasts when I’m driving, walking, folding laundry, getting ready for the day, in the shower, and doing any other mindless tasks. You can even find some podcasters on Triberr!

          • There are a lot of awesome podcasts for writers. I have discovered a few, but I haven’t actually listened to them yet:

            – Writing Excuses – Helping writers become authors – Dead robot’s society

  3. Adrienne says:

    Hey Jens,

    I know podcasts are great and so many people have told me that they are huge but I just don’t have time to listen to them.

    I still walk everyday but I have my Mom with me and we talk the entire time. When I’m in the car I’m also with her so I think it’s just rude to listen to them and ignore her because even if you tell her you need to listen to something she always interrupts.

    When I finally have down time I want to do something relaxing so I haven’t gotten into podcasts yet. Not sure when or if I ever will.

    Glad you’re happy with Overcast and leave it to Carolyn to help you find another cool app.

    ~Adrienne

    • Hey Adrienne,

      I understand why you’re not listening to them when you’re with your mom. I always listen to podcasts when I’m alone, especially if I’m out walking. But, a few times I have listened to podcasts right before I was going to bed, relaxing.

      I haven’t listened to a podcast when I’m with someone else, but we used to listen to radio with other people, so podcasts shouldn’t be that much different. On the other hand, it should be a podcast both people would be interested in listening to 🙂

    • Hi Adrienne, Yes, I agree with Jens. When you’re with someone else you may want to chat, unless you find a podcast that interests both of you. If you’ve ever watched a TV show with someone, then that’s like listening to a podcast with someone.

      That being said, I only listen to podcasts when I’m alone. But I listen to them when I’m folding laundry, emptying the dishwasher, washing dishes. or doing any other mundane task I want to make more interesting.

      You may want to try one to see if you like it. They’re free, so why not give it a go?

  4. Tim Bonner says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a podcast Jens – at least not in full. Mostly I have people around me or I’m doing things that would mean I couldn’t listen to one.

    I know they’re a great way to digest information though. I have a podcast app on my Windows Phone but haven’t really explored it yet. If I get a chance to, I’ll have a look at it over the weekend.

    • I understand that it’s difficult to listen to podcast when you have people around you. I really enjoy listening to short podcasts, 10 minutes – 30 minutes. But I always listen to them when I’m alone, especially when I’m out walking or driving a car.

      I don’t read as much as I used to, not sure but listening to podcasts is my “new” way to digest information that I used to get from reading books.

    • Hi Tim, Like Jens, I listen to podcasts when I walk or drive my car and am alone. I think of it like reading blog posts on the go. We can learn a lot from blogs and podcasts, the only difference is that we read one and listen to the other!

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