I like to listen to podcasts. There's the big names I listen to such as This American Life, their spinoff Serial, and Radiolab - but I also like listening to ad-hoc pieces of audio that I come across without subscribing to a whole podcast feed.
For a while now I've been doing this with Huffduffer. Huffduffer lets me have my own personal "podcast" feed made of individual audio files. In a way it's like Instapaper (another favourite of mine for collecting articles to read) but for listening.
I use the official Huffduffer Chrome extension. Whenever I come across a page with a link to an MP3 I want to listen to later, I hit the little Huffduffer 'hand' and the details are saved to my Huffduffer feed.
In my Podcast player (I use and like Overcast) I manually subscribe to my feed. It's at https://huffduffer.com/username/rss. Then, whenever I 'Huffduff' some audio, it appears as a podcast episode in Overcast.
A few places I've used this recently:
- Grabbing some of Stilgherrian's radio spots
- Listening to single podcast episodes for stuff I don't subscribe to, such as an interview with Fastmail co-founder Rob Mueller
- Listening to podcast episodes of things I eventually subscribed to such as Upgrade with Jason Snell
I've no idea if this is how Huffduffer is intended to be used, but it's bloody useful.