Poodle.FM, A Search Engine For Podcasts

Ever wondered which episodes of our own CultCast feature conversations about WWDC? Or which episodes of the original The Talk Show have Dan Benjamin and John Gruber discussing a Bond movie?

Then try Poodle.FM, an experimental search engine for podcasts from the folks behind the podcatcher app Instacast.

Poodle.FM has been steadily evolving since it debuted at the beginning of this year, and is starting to get pretty useful. It won’t search on the audio content of the podcast, but it will allow you to search the show notes and summaries provided by the podcast makers themselves.

The results are culled from podcasts in the Instacast podcast directory, maintained by Vemedio and used when you ad new podcasts to your subscriptions via search. As of today it has its own landing page at Poodle.fm, plus multi-page search results.

Here are a few sample enquiries:

In what episodes of “Amplified” is Jim talking about Heineken?
podcast_title:amplified heineken

When was Dan Benjamin talking about buddhism (bad spelling)?
“Dan Benjamin” buddism~

Let me see a video of the iPhone 5!
“iphone 5” podcast_

Give my all episodes of Hypercrital of Dec 2012!
podcast_title:“hypercritical” pubDate:[2012–12–01 TO 2012–12–31]

As you can see, it’s pretty full-featured, and the results include highlights of your search terms, plus the option to either subscribe to the podcast or listen to it right there in the browser.

It also works great on your iPhone. In fact, clicking on a “subscribe” link will open the feed even in rival podcatcher apps. I use Downcast for my podcasts, and it worked just fine.

Bookmark this now.

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