I love podcasts. It is a fantastic medium that continues to grow in popularity. I am subscribed to a bunch of podcasts, ranging from business podcasts to podcasts about development and technology. Today, I list seven of my favorite podcasts for Cocoa developers.

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Accidental Tech Podcast

The hosts of the Accidental Tech Podcast are John Siracusa, Casey Liss, and Marco Arment. John is best known for his legendary macOS reviews and Hypercritical. Marco needs no introduction with a track record that includes Tumblr, Instapaper, and Overcast. Casey is less known and made fame thanks to the Accidental Tech Podcast. On the show, John, Casey, and Marco primarily talk about technology and they all share a passion for everything Apple ... and cars from time to time.

Back to Work

Back to Work probably needs no introduction. The show is hosted by Dan Benjamin, founder of 5by5, and the legendary Merlin Mann. Merlin is a writer and speaker and is best known for 43 Folders. While Back to Work isn't about Cocoa development, it is a great listen and I cannot recommend it enough. The topics Merlin and Dan discuss are too diverse to sum up. Download an episode and give it a listen. The episode title rarely gives a clue what the episode is about.

Core Intuition

Core Intuition is a podcast about Cocoa development. The show is hosted by Daniel Jalkut, developer of MarsEdit, and Manton Reece. Daniel and Manton are both indie developers and that is what makes the podcast interesting. If you are an indie developer, then this is the podcast for you.

Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots

Most developers have probably heard of thoughtbot, a well known design and development firm. Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots is a podcast from thoughtbot that covers the development aspect of thoughtbot's activities, including the products they create. The show is hosted by Ben Orenstein, but Ben is usually accompanied by one or more guests.

A few months ago, Derrick Reimer joined the show as a guest co-host. Derrick is the co-founder of Drip, which was recently acquired by Leadpages. The past few episodes have been particularly interesting, especially if you are into SaaS development.

Update Ben Orenstein has left thoughtbot and Chad Pytel, CEO of thoughtbot, has taken the reins of the podcast.


Sam Soffes and Caleb Davenport are both well known in the Cocoa and Swift community. Earlier this year, they launched Runtime, a podcast about software development with a special focus for Cocoa and Swift development. Some episodes are very technical, but that is what sets it apart from other development podcasts.

Update Even though Sam and Caleb decided to end the podcast in august of 2017, most of the episodes are still worth listening to.

The Talk Show

John Gruber is best known for Daring Fireball. He is arguably the best known Apple pundit. For years, John has been the host of The Talk Show. The show first aired on 5by5, moved to Mule Radio Syndicate, and is now hosted by John himself.

John knows a few people at Apple and past guests include Eddy Cue, Craig Federighi, and Phil Schiller. Despite some episodes being pretty lengthy, it is one of my favorite shows.

Under the Radar

Under the Radar is hosted by David Smith and Marco Arment. David and Marco are both Cocoa developers and in Under the Radar they discuss anything remotely related to Cocoa development. The show is never longer than thirty minutes so it should fit nicely in your morning run.

The Learn Swift Podcast

I came across The Learn Swift Podcast when Steven Sherry, the host of the podcast, contacted me for an interview. The podcast is a good fit for developers that are new to Swift. Steven interviews various people that are new to the language or Cocoa development, talking about the struggles, their ambitions, and their dreams.

When I was a guest on the podcast, Stephen and I talked about Cocoacasts, learning Swift and Cocoa development, and the importance of finding a teacher you trust. The interview was a bit long and Steven wisely decided to split the interview up into two episodes, which you can find here (Overcast) and here (Overcast).