Podcasts are the future of self-learning and we made a list of 60 IT podcasts that IT consultants can learn from.
In an ever evolving world, self improvement and gathering knowledge are the embodiment of present day living. Information Technology represents one of the fastest growing industries and it’s essential in today’s society. Be it smartphones, laptops, tablets, social media networks or virtual businesses, they are all dependent on developing software and technologies.
However, keeping up with the latest tech news or even beginning to learn about IT can be tricky. So how can you learn about IT? In order to give you a head start we have compiled a list of 60 must-listen IT podcasts covering every possible subject. The first step in every journey is the hardest and we hope to help you start on your path.
Why should you listen to podcasts?
You can listen to podcasts at any time and anywhere. While cooking, driving, exercising, shopping, commuting, you name it. Furthermore, they explore every possible subject, including coveted topics in the IT industry.
Nowadays the most important resource in people’s lives is time. Joe Rogan, an influential podcast host, stated in 2018 that “there is not enough time in the day” when referring to everyday life. He continued by describing podcasts as “a chance to listen to discourse uninterrupted, uncensored, un-directed and this is something that I think is sorely missing from the rest of our culture”.
While video media is undoubtedly highly engaging, it is also highly time consuming. In order to follow a video the audience needs to be stationary watching a computer screen or a mobile device. Attention must be focused on watching the said video and that means time lost doing nothing. This is where podcasts step in. They facilitate a deep analysis of topics and their audio format allows the listener to carry on with their daily activities while at the same time learn and feel part of a conversation. The off the cuff format of podcasts cultivates a friendly and organic conversation.
On the part of the entertainers, the charm of podcasts is mirrored. They cultivate a direct relationship with their audience, the discussions are not scripted and from a technical standpoint, podcasts are easier to produce and market than other forms of consumer media.
So without any further delay, here is our list of the top IT podcasts to listen to in 2019. They are ideal both for newcomers and passionate individuals.
The podcast list
Technovation is an interesting weekly podcast series hosted by Metis Strategy president Peter High. It focuses on conversations with leaders (CIOs, CDOs, CTOs) from the sectors of business, technology and innovation.
Scale Your Code is distinct and fascinating in its Q&A format. Technical and philosophical questions are answered by professional programmers with more than 10,000 hours of experience.
The podcast hosted by Lou Maresca focuses on exploring the world of enterprise technology. TWiET features numerous IT professionals explaining the workings of enterprise solutions in exciting and laid-back ways that make it accessible for all listeners.
Hanselminutes is created and hosted by Scott Hanselman. He is a programmer, teacher and speaker who currently works as part of the Web Platform Team at Microsoft. The podcast is, as described by Scott, about “technology, culture, gadgets, diversity, code, the web, where we’re going and where we’ve been”.
With more than 500 episodes, Risky Business is a weekly information security podcast that is targeted to those within the field of digital security. It features the latest news in the sector and in depth interviews from experts.
Self characterized as “an unabashedly nerdy swan dive into networking technology”, the Packet Pushers weekly podcast certainly delivers. It’s a lighthearted podcast focused on data networking technology. It features interviews with network engineers, industry experts, guests from academia and the tech community and many more.
FLOSS, hosted by Randal Schwartz and Aaron Newcomb, delves into the the world of open source software, discussing the best software on the marketing and the latest trends in the sector.
Self described as the industry’s leading Cloud Computing podcast. Each week, the conversation revolves around the business changes that drive Digital Transformation, DevOps, Cloud-Native and Hybrid Cloud applications. Among the explored topics: Cloud Computing, Open source, AppDev, Serverless and more.
“ The great talk you get at the bar after the conference, wrapped up in convenient podcast form”. Debug is the podcast for Apple developers to explore the latest Apple trends and updates. Hosts Guy English and Rene Ritchie talk about developing software and services for Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Four friends interested in programming hold off-the-cuff conversation infused with friendly banter. If this seems interesting and you’re passionate about programming then this is the podcast for you. Topics range from PHP, frameworks, and software design to daily developer life.
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An entertaining podcast about programming, Apple and overall tech news and gadgets. Hosts Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusas started Accidental Tech while trying to make a car show.
Analog(ue) is an outlier among the podcasts on this list, having an unexpected format. The conversations revolve around tech and gadgets, however the spotlight is not on the gadgets themselves, but rather about their impact on people’s everyday lives. Analog(ue) is described as a “show about how these devices make us feel and how they change our lives for the better, but also for the worse.”
The purpose of the Tech Talker is, as described by Eric Escobar, “to demystify technology and cutting edge devices”. Targeted at both beginners and pros, this show discusses the curious stories and use of apps and gadgets.
Weekly Podcast focused on the events and news taking place within the enterprise and infrastructure sectors of IT. A lively show hosted by three friends with a delightful chemistry which guarantees an entertaining podcast.
A sister podcast with the same returning hosts Michael Coté, Matt Ray, and Brandon Whichard, Software Defined Interviews focuses, as mentioned, on interviews with influential people from the tech industry.
A podcast dedicated to discussing surrounding the native cloud world and technology. The show also focuses on developments in digital transformation, the use of digital technology to solve traditional problems. If these subjects are your cup of tea, don’t hesitate to give Pivotal Conversations a try.
Podcast talking, well, about everything Android. If you are on the lookout for the latest Android news, hardware, apps, and and a variety of special guests, this is the podcast for you. Jump in to get your weekly dose of Android.
Another great podcast from the TWiT (This Week in Tech) network) in which hosts Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham discuss cloud computing and the latest Google news.
“ Creating Mac Power Users, one geek at a time”. Do you even need to read more before checking it out? Since its debut in 2009 the podcasts has continued to examine all thing Apple. Focused topics and a numerous workflow guests later and Mac Power Users is still as entertaining as it was from the start.
It’s all in the name. Hackable? focuses on exposing the vulnerabilities of the systems and gadgets we use in our everyday lives and attempts to explain where hackers may hit and how they can get people’s information. Host Geoff Siskind and cybersecurity expert Bruce Snell offer in-depth analysis about vulnerabilities and present ways to keep safe from hackers.
Self-described as “the director’s commentary track for Daring Fireball”, The Talk Show is a podcast featuring conversations and commentary on tech trends. Hosted by John Gruber, the show also features interviews with programmers, designers, and journalists within the tech industry.
With this podcast hosted by Katie Malone and Ben Jaffe, the topics of data science and machine learning are always in the foreground. The show teaches the mentioned subjects by focusing on their unconventional applications.
The topics vary widely, from risk management, compliance, fraud, and information security. The podcast which is part of Information Security Media Group, Corp. offers great interviews with experts from the fields of data breach/security.
The Doppler Podcasts aims to teach people and companies to be successful in the cloud. Cloud Technology hosts discuss everything cloud related, from news to best practices and industry trends.
Featuring conversations about all aspects of programming, the podcast is a comprehensive source of knowledge for technical software podcast listeners. The show has a steep learning curve and it may be hard for beginners to get a hang of it. However, Software Engineering Daily is undoubtedly a must-listen show for those interested in advancing their knowledge as software engineers.
Hosted by Douglas Brown, a 20 years plus industry expert, DABCC Radio is an Enterprise IT podcast focusing on the virtualization world from companies such as Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware. The show frequently features interviews with personalities from the domains of security, mobility, cloud, EUC and many more.
This is a collection of podcasts. The GIGAOM website offers 8 podcasts in total each focusing on a certain area of interest for IT fans: AI and AI minute (talk about contemporary AI), Data Storage, Devops, Cloud, CIO interviews, Security, and Data Analytics. There is plenty to choose from for IT passionate individuals. All that’s left it to take your pick.
With a history spanning decades and more than 2800 episodes, Hacker Public Radio is an exceedingly fascinating series of podcasts. The format of the show make it stand out from the crowd. The podcast runs every Monday through Friday and any member of the community can be a host. The listeners are encouraged to contribute with shows, and submitted recordings can be published within 20 days. The beauty of the concept is the variety of topics explored.
A lighthearted show aimed at the average consumer of technology. Focused on Tech news and answering questions from callers, The Tech Guy is definitely a charming podcast.
An in-depth analysis of an exploration of the .NET Framework. Topics range from API’s to projects created in the .NET ecosystem. If you are a fan of the .NET framework, and you want to get a better understanding of it, this is the podcast for you.
The .NET Rocks! podcast is all about the .NET framework developed by Microsoft. A weekly show aimed both at beginners and pros. One thing that the podcast promises is to feature everything from starting information about .NET to “hardcore geekiness”.
Focused on teaching Windows PowerShell, the PowerScripting podcast is the perfect show to check out if you want to learn the command-line and scripting language developed as part of the .NET framework.
Interested in the world of Microsoft products and software? With a format of easy to digest 30 minutes episodes, the weekly podcast has featured hundreds of guests and explored numerous IT topics from a Microsoft-centric viewpoint. Over a decade old and with more than 400 episodes, RunAs is certainly worth looking into.
With the self-described goal of “ bring[ing] the community closer together and to helpi[ng] people understand who the movers and shakers are in the industry”, SecuraBit is an information security podcast talking about everything IT related. It features both heavy and lighthearted discussions about the latest news and trends in the world of digital security.
Ok, this one may seem like an odd one, but hear me out. The Social-Engineer is not only an IT-specific podcast. It often features topics, not IT. However, it’s main focus are the areas of social media security and social engineering. As technology is an essential part of modern social life, social media security is just as important.
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TechSnap engages with the topics of systems, networks, and administration. The show addresses those within the tech industry, each week showcasing the latest industry news and choices. Additionally, each episode the host engages with the audience through Q&A sessions.
An endearing show which aims to tell and analyze the true stories of those who revolutionized the face of the tech industry. With a format of 30 minutes episodes and charming narrative focused writing, the show hosted by Saron Yitbarek, comes off as bedtime stories for IT enthusiasts, where passionate people learn how to navigate the tech industry.
A podcast focused on information security combining the best things about technical security talks and the conversations on the latest news and trends.
Hosts Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte talk each week about the latest trends in Digital Security.
Technology, Open Source, Politics, Music and more. The hosts Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and Stuart Langridge describe the podcast as the show where “anything and everything is up for grabs ”.
An all-encompassing show, Linux Unplugged delves within a great range of topics, from open source and privacy to news and politics. However, as the name suggests, the podcast main focus is on everything related to Linux.
The show, hosted by journalist Stacey Higginbotham, showcases conversations about the current state of technology. The show explores the current developments in tech and as Sarah describes it, the show asks questions about the way technology impacts everyday life and the paths onto which it may lead society.
The podcast examines the main news stories within tech news and offers analysis with the help of industry guests and contributors.
If you ever wondered about the “hidden projects, quiet rivalries and uncomfortable truths” of the IT industry, then this is the show to follow. Host Brad Stone and Bloomberg Technology’s reporters attempt to uncover and discuss the latest hush-hush stories within the tech industry.
A serious and lighthearted podcast at the same time. Weird to describe, but true. Twice a month the hosts, Joe, Félim, Graham and Will, get together and discuss the latest Linux news and explore the newest Linux and Android apps. They also comment on the audience’s feedback regarding the Linux OS. Additionally, in the hosts’ words “expect drinking, swearing, strong opinions, and Will being told to shut up about Ubuntu.”
Tech Policy features interviews and discussions about policy issues within the IT Industry.
Host Mike Masnick presents an in-depth analysis of contemporary issues related to technology, government, and policies. The mention topics are often intertwined within the news he talks about.
The show from TWiT (This Week in Tech) features one-on-one interviews between the hosts and influential people within the tech industry about the most important topics from the IT industry.
Every day lives are saved by the healthcare improvements generated through the advancements of information technology. This podcast presents the experiences of doctors, nurses and other professionals and explores the way in which IT can further improve healthcare.
Striving to bring listeners closer to the innovations of computing, the Intel Chip Chat series features one-on-one interviews with some of the brightest minds in the industry.
A collection of podcasts that focuses on the business and enterprise side of tech. Topics range from business software and CIOs to data centers.
Data Driven Security is a show about “the journey to discovery and decision making through data information security”. Twice a week, host Bob Rudis and Jay Jacobs explore all aspects of data analysis and visualization, as well as featuring guests from the fields of data science and information security.
The Virtualization Security Round Table Podcast provides an open forum to explore and analyze everything related to Virtualization, Virtual Environment, and Cloud Computing Security.
Hosted by Doug Hazelman, a veteran with over 20 years of experience, MSP Voice covers the topics of service providing for businesses and how to get started in the industry. The podcast features talks with service providers about their businesses, how to get started and what are the best tools.
“Exploring new ideas, new approaches, new technologies”- as the motto suggests, Future Tense represents a tech news podcasts which takes a critical look at developing technologies, new ways of thinking and discusses the impact of new technologies on people’s lives.
Every week, journalist Kara Swisher hosts interviews with some of the most prominent people within the Silicon Valley tech industry. Tech executives, celebrities and politicians discuss big ideas and developments. Every week expect revered guests such as Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and more.
This show is targeted at the professional software developer. The main goal of SE Radio is “to be a lasting educational resource, not a newscast”. The podcast airs 3 to 4 times a month and features experts from the software engineering world talking about all topics of importance for professional developers.
Focused on technology’s influence of daily life, TechStuff is the show to follow if you’re interested in learning how the technology works and it’s intended purpose. But it doesn’t end there. The podcast also analyzes the stories behind the most important events in the IT Industry.
If you’re interested in the political and economic impact of technology then Marketplace Tech, hosted by Molly Wood, might be the podcast for you. Conversations often illustrate the impact of tech, business and the digital world on people’s lives and on the economy.
For those passionate about keeping up with the latest news and trends about the Linux Operating System, then you might want to look up this podcast. This Week in Linux covers a wide array of Linux related topics, from application/distro releases to Linux gaming. The show often touches on the latest news about core system items like the Linux Kernel Itself.
Podcasts represent the future of self-learning. The beauty of it is that you can listen to a podcast anytime and anywhere. Hopefully, our Best IT Development Podcasts 2019 list has helped you find the perfect podcast to listen.
Want to share your thoughts? Did I overlook any great IT podcasts? I would love hearing your opinion in the comment section.