It might be somewhat of a stretch to cover Rabble in the context of podcasting. Indeed, Rabble isn’t really a podcasting service. But some podcasters may find it to be a useful addition to their media production toolkit.
Rabble is an audio-only live-streaming service that encourages users to create their own commentary on sporting events or TV shows. Do you think you and your friends can call the game better than the official announcers? Fire up a Rabble stream and encourage your audience to put the game on their TV’s, turn down the sound, and tune into your Rabble. Want to provide some (much-needed) comedy relief to a presidential debate or political hearing? Create a Rabble stream and let others listen to it alongside the official TV coverage.
There are a couple of caveats to keep in mind when using Rabble. The service expressly forbids its users from including any native audio or other sounds of events that are being covered. For example, you can’t use Rabble to add commentary to a TV show while also running that show’s audio thru your Rabble stream. You probably also wouldn’t want to use Rabble to provide commentary from the scene of a live event that has its own official coverage, because then you’d be competing with the media outlet that has the proper broadcasting rights.
Sports, political, and TV podcasters could really have some fun and possibly grow their listener bases with Rabble. If you’re a podcaster in any of these categories, you may want to give the service a try.