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The Best Technology Podcasts in 2020

If you want to know what’s happening in the world of technology, a really good way is to find a few high-quality tech podcasts and give those a listen. Some of the shows on this list are hyper-focused on single companies, while others take a broader view of how technology intersects with our society. Here are the best technology podcasts right now:

Dithering

Before I tell you about this podcast, let me first warn you that this is a PAID podcast that you must subscribe to in order to get it. But given the quality of this show, it was a no-brainer for me to pluck down the $5 / month to have this in my podcast feed.

Ok, so what is Dithering? It’s a thrice-weekly, 15-minute discussion between two of the most prolific and smartest minds in technology journalism, John Gruber of Daring Fireball and The Talk Show fame, and Ben Thompson of Stratechery. If you want access to some of the most concise and insightful commentary about the world of tech, this is the show for you. You won’t regret the subscription.

n.b. the links below are to their public preview podcast feed.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts Castbox | PodchaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with the latest episode.

Marketplace Tech

Host Molly Wood, a tech world veteran, takes on the most pertinent and occasionally mystifying topics and news in the tech world. This daily show is a great short dose of keeping up with what’s happening in the world of technology and how it’s affecting our world more broadly. Usually only 5-10 minutes per episode. Definitely worth incorporating into your daily listening schedule.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | CastboxPodChaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with the latest episode.

Syntax – Tasty Web Development Treats

Yes, this one is for all you web developers and tinkerers, and I know there’s plenty of you that subscribe to this newsletter. Syntax is a fantastic deep dive into a wide variety of web development topics including JavaScript frameworks, CSS, and more. If you’re a part of this world, don’t miss out on this podcast run by two full-stack developers.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | SpotifyGoogle PodcastsCastbox | PodchaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: Video for the Web 2020 and Beyond

Product Hunt Radio

If you keep an ear to the ground when it comes to the world of Tech, then you’ve likely heard of Product Hunt. A sort of conglomerate of new technology startup showcases. Now they’ve got themselves a podcast, and it’s actually pretty good. Featuring founders, investors, and journalists talking about the latest in tech and their new products. A great show for any budding entrepreneurs!

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Castbox | PodchaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with any episode really.

Artificial Intelligence | AI Podcast with Lex Fridman

Oh boy, where to even begin with this podcast. Look, if you even have a remote interest in Artificial Intelligence or adjacent topics, you won’t want to miss this incredible show. Lex is kind of a polymath, that much is clear. He does research in human-centred AI, deep learning, autonomous vehicles and robotics at MIT. He’s only 33, but between his YouTube channel and this podcast, he’s amassed an incredible roster of interview guests to come and speak about these topics.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google PodcastsCastboxPodChaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: #91 – Jack Dorsey: Square, Cryptocurrency, and Artificial Intelligence

The Dalrymple Report

This one is definitely for the Apple nerds in the crowd. Journalist Jim Dalrymple has been following Apple and its products for over seventeen years and was one of the original MacCentral and MacWorld members. Jim and his co-host Dave Mark shoot the breeze about all topics related to Apple. A true standout in the world of tech podcasts.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | CastboxPodchaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with the latest episode.

The AI Podcast

The company known as NVIDIA is deeply involved in producing products, most notably, GPUs (graphics processing units) that aid in the development of AI technology. As a result, NVIDIA has taken it upon themselves to produce this highly informative podcast where they discuss a terrific array of topics related to Artificial Intelligence with some of the world’s foremost experts on the topic.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | PodchaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: NVIDIA’s Neda Cvijetic Explains the Science Behind Self Driving Cars

Smashing Security

If you want a slightly lighter look at the world technology snafus, cybersecurity, hacking and internet threats, this podcast will be your jam. Hosts Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault invite expert guests to chat about cybercrime, hacking and online privacy in a way that won’t bore you to tears and also won’t have you wondering what the hell all the acronyms they are bandying about are.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | PodChaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: 162: Robocalls, health hacks, and facial recognition fears.

Flashback

This brand new podcast from the boys at RelayFM offers a fun and light look at tech products that never quite found their groove and were perhaps killed off prematurely. Failed tech products are what this podcast is all about, and although they’re only four episodes in, it seems like a very promising podcast to keep on your radar.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | SpotifyPodchaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: Seychelles

Launched

This technology-focused podcast is relatively new with at the time of this writing only 11 episodes, but already its amassed an impressive roster of interviews with creators of various products, apps and businesses. So if you’re in the app-development game or even have a passing interest in the stories of how creators start and operate their businesses, give this podcast a shot.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | SpotifyPodChaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: 5: Myke Hurley

CYBER

All the seedy things of today’s technology world you ever wanted to know about are covered in this pretty great podcast from VICE’s Motherboard (I guess that’s their technology arm?) – From the private surveillance that is American cars to the Cyberwar in Yemen to exploring where our cell phones go when we recycle them, this podcast has something for everyone.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | SpotifyPodChaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Try this episode: Whatever Happened to Anonymous?

Consequential

If you have an interest in how technology continues to change the nature of work and what to expect in the coming decade of disruption, check out this podcast. Brought to you by Carnegie Mellon University, topics such as industry disruption, algorithmic bias, human-AI collaboration, reskilling and the future of work are discussed in a compelling and convincing way.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | PodChaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Listen to this one: A Particular Set of Skills

RESET

Vox continues to expand its media empire by adding new and interesting podcasts to their lineup. One of those podcasts is this RESET, that explores how and why technology continues to be the major driver of change in our world. A nice mix of covering current events in technology along with deep-dives on broader topics.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | PodChaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: You are Being Microtargeted

9to5Mac Happy Hour

The 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast is one of the premier Apple and technology podcasts available. Hosted by Benjamin Mayo and Zac Hall, it’s a roundup of what’s happening in the world of Apple products, services and news. If you’re an Apple nerd like me, you won’t go wrong by adding this to your podcast listening queue.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | PodChaserOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with the latest episode.

Malicious Life

I know I featured a similar type of podcast a few weeks back, but this one also deserves a healthy mention. Malicious Life takes a gander at some of the most infamous hacks in history and breaks them down in delectable detail. Dig into a history of the dark side of the tech world you probably didn’t know.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | SpotifyOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: The Fall of Mt. Gox Part 1

Above Avalon

Who is Neil Cybart? He’s the man behind this fantastic, and what you don’t commonly find these days, one-man podcast. If you’re an Apple nerd or need a dose of technology analysis from the perspective of investing, this is a deep look at one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: Episode 141: Viral Airpods

Code Story

This is a new podcast that focuses on the stories of technology startup founders, developers and other notable figures discussing the critical moments of their companies and their careers.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | SpotifyOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with E4: Sean Washington, Design Kollective

Darknet Diaries

Easily one of my favourite new podcasts that I’ve discovered in the last few months. Darknet Diaries takes you on an exploration of the darker side of the Internet. Hacking, data breaches, privacy hacks, cybercrime and more. An amazing show that shows you what lurks just beneath the civilized veneer of the web.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | SpotifyOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: Ep 36: Jeremy from Marketing

Waveform with MKBHD

Creeping up on nearly 10 million YouTube subscribers, MKBHD, otherwise known as ultimate frisbee champ Marques Brownlee is one of the biggest names in Technology journalism. For years, he’s been producing incredibly slick, smart and polished tech reviews on YouTube and now he’s bringing his talents to the podcast world. We’re only one episode into this podcast, but I’m super excited for this show’s future.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | SpotifyOvercast | Not sure where to start? Try this one: Smartphone Season

Land of the Giants

FAANG. It ain’t an extra-long set of teeth on Dracula, it’s an acronym for this group of tech giants: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google. The Land of the Giants from media darling Vox and Recode dedicate each season of this podcast to go in-depth on each of these companies and what kind of obstacles they not only face but pose to society at large.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | SpotifyOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: Is Amazon Too Big? We Ask Its Sellers

This is Your Life in Silicon Valley

The best way to describe this podcast is that it will scratch any itch you may feel as a result of your fetish for anything silicon valley. If you’re obsessed with technology and life in the valley filled with technology company behemoths, this is the podcast for you.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: Are Smartphones Actually That Bad For You?

Dialog

This is a relatively new podcast with a lot of potential for some serious greatness. From hosts Federico Viticci and John Voorhees of MacStories.net fame, each week they bring a new in-depth conversation with guests about the impact of technology on creativity and their art-form.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: Writing Online with John Gruber of Daring Fireball

Talking ‘SHOP

No, it’s not a podcast about running a mom and pop shop. It’s a show all about your favourite and most venerable graphics editor, Adobe’s Photoshop. Each week, host and long-time Photoshop educator, Dave Cross brings on a guest that tackles various aspects of the program and how it’s used in various professional settings.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Not sure where to start? Start with Episode 7: A Chat With Matt Kloskowski

The Rebound

Famed Apple ecosystem podcasters and writers Dan Moren, John Moltz and Lex Friedman gather once a week to give you an in-depth and entertaining analysis of what’s happening with Apple, the company that is, and broader technology world.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | SpotifyOvercast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: 235: Any Phone is Foldable.

Adapt

A brand new podcast from hosts Federico Viticci and Ryan Christoffel of MacStories.net fame, Adapt is a show all about the iPad lifestyle and how these two gentlemen use the iPad for all of their work needs. If you’re looking to explore how you can incorporate the iPad into more of your daily workflow, this is going to be one of the quintessential podcasts to listen to.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify |  Overcast | Not sure where to start? Start at the beginning: Adapt 1: Custom Keyboards and iPad Multitasking System

Roboism

As the title suggests, this podcast is all about Robots… mostly. It’s also a discussion of how AI, machine learning and the ever-increasing robotization of everyday tasks is affecting our culture. Hosted by Savannah Million and Alex Cox. A very enjoyable listen.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | SpotifyOvercast | Not sure where to start? Try this episode: Roboism 14: Only Death and $10,000

AppStories

A weekly podcast featuring Federico Viticci and John Voorhees discussing the world of apps in the Apple ecosystem including iOS and Mac apps. Usually, no longer than about 35 minutes, you’ll discover incredible new apps you’ve never heard of before and how to use them to their full potential.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Not sure where to start? Try Episode 71 – PDF Apps

Exponent

Technology writers and analysts Ben Thompson (of Stratechery) and James Allworth tackle the big trends in today’s technology world with a running conversation. Some of the most insightful, nuanced and detailed analysis of the world’s biggest and up and coming technology companies you’ll find anywhere, not just in podcasting.

Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Not sure where to start? Start with Episode 152 – Platforms versus Aggregators

Connected

RelayFM is filled with outstanding podcasts dedicated to technology and Apple coverage. One of the absolute standouts, however, is Connected. A weekly panel show with a heavy emphasis on discussing the latest events and products in Apple’s technology sphere. A bonus is that all three hosts have distinctly awesome accents.  Check it out here.