About this Insider
Simple enough: everything having to do with podcasting.
About these Authors
Alex Williams Alex Williams
( Profile | Archive )

Matt May Matt May
( Profile | Archive )

Nicole Simon Nicole Simon
( Profile | Archive )

Roland Tanglao Roland Tanglao
( Profile | Archive )

Matt May is a Web accessibility specialist, and has written on the interaction of people and technology since 1995. He keeps his own weblog at, and produces a podcast called Staccato, which features Creative Commons-licensed music.

Alex Williamsblogs, consults and produces unconference style events, where people immerse in DIY media. These are fun occasions, designed for people who want to get together with authors, artists, technologists and leading thinkers to converse, eat, listen to music, write, shoot photos and post podcasts and videoblogs. Alex also works with companies to establish DIY approaches, where writing, photography, voice and video come together to create new conversations and communities. Alex is currently fascinated with digital photography. His girlfriend calls him a Flickrholic. Send Alex a nice message: alexhwilliams at

Nicole Simon loves blogging and podcasting, dashed with an European view. As consultant she helps to facilitate such tools for business purposes or personal publishing empires. She can be found at cruel to be kind and on her private blog Useful Sounds.

Roland Tanglao is a well known podcasting enthusiast and a passionate advocate of blogs, RSS, and social software as a means of online expression for people, organizations and businesses. He is a prominent participant in the blogosphere and online communities and one of the founders of Bryght and as Bryght's Chief Blogging Officer reads hundreds of blogs daily. He graduated from the University of Waterloo, worked at Nortel Networks where he ran its first internal corporate blog, has has been blogging since 1999, and was the first business blogging consultant in Canada.

In the Pipeline: Don't miss Derek Lowe's excellent commentary on drug discovery and the pharma industry in general at In the Pipeline


« Apple's cheaper nano | Main | Coca Cola Bloggers and Podcasters or PR Flacks? »

February 8, 2006

Guinness Record: Rick Garvais most downloaded podcast?

Email This Entry

Posted by Nicole Simon

The Guardian reports:

But now Ricky Gervais has a world record after his podcast became the most downloaded ever.

Gervais' weekly show on Guardian Unlimited, featuring writing partner Stephen Merchant and sidekick Karl Pilkington, averaged 261,670 downloads a week during its first month.


The podcast debuted on Guardian Unlimited in December 2005 and regularly tops the iTunes podcasting chart, beating the likes of Radio 1 breakfast host Chris Moyles.

While it is nice to see podcasting in the Guinness Book of World Records and Rick Gervais show surely being a success - how can something be the most downloaded one if there are no agreed upon statistics in this area?

Many people for example mistake hits for downloads on a podcast, an error many people make also with RSS Feeds. "My feed was accessed 24 times today!" can mean 24 actual subscribers or just a service checking every minute. With podcast, some software downloads chunks (generating several hits in the servers' log files) or access one and the same file over and over again.

The mentioning of iTunes in this article indicates to me that there is perhaps an interest of Apple to have their download numbers be the standard for such a world record - but they don't publish those and they are only per store basis, also not a reliable number. And, do we count numbers in average, numbers per episode?

But, if you are in doubt and you have a better download rate, you still have a chance to enter yourself in the Guinness Book:

The Ricky Gervais Show will be included in the 2007 edition of the Guinness World Records' book - as long as no other podcast tops it before it is published in the autumn.
I would assume Podshow and other high traffic podcasters will start making phone calls - both to the Guineas World Records' Book and to their webhosters.

Comments (10) + TrackBacks (1) | Category: News and Commentary


1. P.ALAGUPANDI on March 30, 2006 5:19 AM writes...

Very nice I like somuch in your style also


Permalink to Comment

2. Mary Box on June 22, 2006 11:25 PM writes...

You can't be 22615 serious?!?

Permalink to Comment

3. Kevin Prewitt on October 9, 2006 10:27 AM writes...

How are these downloaded podcast counted? What software is used? What is the process being used?

Permalink to Comment

4. vicfrmSD on April 13, 2009 4:56 PM writes...

not anymore kiddies NEW King is ADAM CAROLLA

Permalink to Comment

5. auto scratch on January 2, 2012 1:17 AM writes...

I like the helpful information you provide in your articles. I'll bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I am quite certain I will learn a lot of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

Permalink to Comment

6. ultimate poker chip set on February 8, 2012 7:05 PM writes...

I really appreciate this post. I've been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thank you again

Permalink to Comment

7. Bank CardUSA on March 22, 2012 11:53 PM writes...

Haha, se nota cuando escribes de día, la noche no te faborece.

Permalink to Comment

8. agaehakfalwedkj adkjalwdjaw on March 24, 2012 5:25 AM writes...

Necessary to compose you a tiny note to lastly thank you quite significantly however once again for your personal splendid methods you've got discussed above. It's strangely open-handed with individuals like you to give publicly all that several people would have marketed as an electronic book to create some bucks for their own end, primarily now which you could possibly have tried it should you ever wanted. These inspiring ideas likewise acted like a wonderful approach to know that the rest have exactly the same dreams really like my individual own to see a complete lot much more concerning this issue. I’m positive you'll find thousands of a lot more enjoyable times in the future for numerous who check out your blog.

Permalink to Comment

9. bielizna damska kinga on May 15, 2012 10:53 AM writes...

I do not know whether it's just me or if everybody else experiencing problems with your website. It appears like some of the text on your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This could be a issue with my browser because I've had this happen previously. Cheers

Permalink to Comment

10. Craig Trezise on March 8, 2013 4:12 AM writes...

Wonderful post! We will be linking to this great article on our website. Keep up the great writing.

Permalink to Comment


Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Guinness Record: Rick Garvais most downloaded podcast?:

Un podcast dans le Livre Guinness des records 2007 from Oh My Pod : Le blog des actualités du podcast
Le podcast de Ricky Gervais va faire son entre dans l'dition 2007 du Livre Guinness des records pour avoir t le podcast le plus tlcharg jusqu' prsent. Depuis la date de cration de l'mission en dcembre 2005, le podcast t... [Read More]

Tracked on February 8, 2006 6:40 AM


Email this entry to:

Your email address:

Message (optional):

Podcast Award Nominations Shows Lack of Understanding
Odeo Moving Beyond Podcasts With Twttr
The Talent Search Has Begun
Constraint Based DIY Media
Will Scoble Do For Podcasting What He Did For Blogging?
Forrester study: If 25% are interested I would hurry
Is your tax professional podcasting?
Podtech Raises $5.5 Million