Podcasting is the hottest thing in the Mac world these days, but one noted Mac raconteur does not intend to hop on the bandwagon.
Shawn King, host of the Internet radio show Your Mac Life, already does short podcasts on a limited and irregular basis. But King ironically dedicated a recent podcast to giving a slew of reasons why he would not provide podcasts of his weekly program.
According to King, podcasts of the show delivered for free would apparently interfere with his current model of “making money” by charging Mac lovers $3.95 from Audible.com and $5.95 from the iTunes Music Store for standard versions of his show, or $100 on the street for raw, uncut versions. Then, in a brazen show of avarice, King went on to say he “likes money.”
Numerous listeners of Your Mac Life expressed disappointment.
“I thought it was all about the love of the Mac world,” said Joe Dotson of Detroit. “And now to find out it’s about money? Well, I’m just going to listen to one of the many non-profit, non-commercial Mac Internet radio shows provided for download for free instead.”
King further speculated that any potential regular podcast would have to be in a different format than his weekly show which would likely be inferior than the format he’s currently as comfortable with as an old, well-worn pair of boxer shorts. Which, incidentally, was all that King was reportedly wearing when the podcast was recorded.
After several minutes of deriding the quality of other Mac-related podcasts, King concluded by noting that he “didn’t care” what listeners wanted.
Donald Pitts, professor of economics at Northwestern University said King may want to bush up with the laws of supply and demand.
“Clearly Mr. King has the supply-side worked out,” Pitts said. “He is familiar with setting a price for his service and then providing that service. Demand, however? Not so much.”
But those close to King indicate that far from reasons of economics, the real reason he will not offer podcasts is sheer laziness.
“Shawn King is the Mac equivalent of a classic British fop,” confided Sly Marton, the IRC moderator for the show. “He’s not concerned about what the listeners want. He’s concerned about what Shawn wants. He’s nothing but a lazy Canadian dandy!”
Pausing to take a deep breath, Marton said “Wow. I can’t believe I finally said that. It feels good. Liberating. I feel so much lighter… freer… like a great weight has been lifted off of me!”
A weight that was immediately reapplied when Marton realized she had to get ready for tonight’s broadcast.
King did not respond to multiple requests for a response to these charges, unless idly scratching himself can be considered a reply.