Reviews
Looking over the reviews don’t shine a bright enough light on the wonderful content The Talk Show delivers. I think the joy can come from the hidden gems within a show that only a fully engaged audience gets to appreciate. For an ever-more overly stimulated population seeking instant...Read full review »
the white box. via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 09/01/22
Not that bright this one… The job of returning the cart has to do with moving the carts from parking lot cart collection back up to the store front. The secondary part of the job is collecting the carts a/s/sh/ole/s like you leave siting around the parking lot. You aren’t that busy and certainly...Read full review »
rich aesthetic via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/27/22
Beats me how Mr Gruber and Co. still cannot manage the timestamps in this show. Start and end points for ads are never precise. What’s up with that?
Jozsó via Apple Podcasts · Hungary · 08/24/22
I used to listen for Gruber’s tech insights, which are good, but tire of the constant political commentary. He should separate and do a political commentary show if he wants, but I’ve stopped listening. I also agree with other reviews about the rambling — especially the first 5-10 minutes with...Read full review »
PDF9er via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/22/22
I like Gruber, but it’s hard to listen to this podcast. He’s arguably the greatest long-lasting Apple commentator, and his blog reflects that when he’s not writing an unhinged rant about how half the voting public are bigots. That ironic bigotry occasionally slips into this podcast, but that’s...Read full review »
Smak via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/16/22
I really like it.
@MichaelQ via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 08/10/22
Too many F-bombs in latest episode. Made me not very interested in this show anymore. Unsubscribed.
BrianVoll via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/29/22
Sometimes leans in too much into US specific topics (sports…), but otherwise great. Always looking forward to the next podcast. ✌️
Username6383 via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 06/01/22
The host has some great geeky guests on his show and conveniently has show notes.
SteelMinistry via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/26/22
I’m not a fan of the new chat show style get a guest on to plug XYZ format. They’re usually so niche that I don’t find the episodes nearly as engaging. Nothing wrong with the odd one to break up the usual regular guests every now and again but every week is a bit much
tomaustin44` via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/19/22
This is a good show to listen to (especially at night 😅) If you like tech you’ll like this show! Some people complain about ‘to much sports’ and I don't agree, in the whole time I've listened to this podcast, I have barely heard sports. Overall, a great show.Read full review »
Stanley age 8 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/09/22
Long time ago this show was full on insight and analysis of Apple. It could literally predict the future. Right now it’s John talking to his friends about sports and opinions about this and that. It feels like it’s mostly driven by personal biases than critical understanding.
denissudak via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/10/22
Occasionally too much sportsball. He’s no relation to Hans. But other than that it’s all good grumpy fun. Thanks!
jtweasel via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/02/22
I don’t subscribe to a tech podcast to hear political talk. In his most recent podcast he disparaged listeners of the Joe Rogan Podcast.
Khun Kurt via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/03/22
Probably by being a fan boy, should probably learn how to talk at normal speed, great laugh; totally not distracting or weird
Hodl_till_the_end via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/18/22
He doesn’t respond to anything other people say. He only forms a new thesis and digresses each time he opens his mouth, but never actually responds to what was said to him. In the Dieter interview he was incapable of engaging Dieter on the subject of his documentary without putting everything...Read full review »
sloppabottamus via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/10/22
I remember when this podcast was THE podcast to listen to each week or every other week. Today I’ve officially unsubscribed. Gruber just doesn’t seem to care anymore, and/or is perfectly comfortable with putting in as little effort as possible. And it amazes me that, from an outsider looking in,...Read full review »
Abfkn258 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/30/21
parttimewarrior via Apple Podcasts · Philippines · 12/19/21
Gruber has great insights, as evidenced by what he writes on his site. The big problem with this podcast is the many insufferable guests. Recently, Merlin Mann and Ben Thompson have stood out in particular as people who talk over him constantly and are neither funny, insightful nor informative on...Read full review »
flavor_flav via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/19/21
Supposed to be a tech podcast and spent two hours talking about steak
jimsz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/13/21
I don’t know if the tone of the show changed or if I did. But now it feels like an obnoxious guy listening to himself speak. A rant-a-palooza. For some reason he gets to invite interesting people, who might get the chance to speak 5 minutes per 2 hour episode.
JTbe via Apple Podcasts · Belgium · 11/02/21
(I didn’t realise it still mattered Mr Gruber.) The conclusion I've come to is simply that the new "Talk Show with John Gruber" is never going to become the old "Talk Show" which featured Dan Benjamin as Mr Gruber's sideman. It may become, over time, something as...Read full review »
tslewis4 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 10/18/21
I like this show. I’m a “tech enthusiast,” which just means I follow tech through various websites and newspapers, and indulge mostly in Apple products. John is a great host—he’s knowledgable and funny and his personality shines through—and the topics are interesting (if you’re an Apple fan). I...Read full review »
orangetwelve via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/17/21
I used to listen to a large number of tech podcasts. Most have a pair or a small group of hosts, and almost invariably I dislike listening to at least one of them, typically the ones not named John. I stick with each podcast for as long as I can to hear what the host named John has to say, but...Read full review »
dmrosephd via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/16/21
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WWDC2021 via Apple Podcasts · Indonesia · 08/15/21
What was once a smart look at apple from a fan has become nothing but apple marketing. Executive puff pieces and no real criticism. Johns uncritical take on Apples backflip on privacy was the final straw form me.
Tatars bahsvwhab via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 08/11/21
I used to listen to every episode of this show but gradually it just became more of the same. The same old guests coming back over and over again. Even when he has some Apple executives on the show there is never going to be anything interesting coming out of that. I still listen to some...Read full review »
Tops-20 Lives via Apple Podcasts · Japan · 06/30/21
Same 6 or so people show up in more than 80% of the episodes. John shines when he’s engaging with people whom he doesn’t think he knows more than-which is clearly how he feels about the same cast of 6 people. But when he brings on subject matter experts* to talk about something happening he’s...Read full review »
Videoalex via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/28/21
This was once a great show but John’s approach to covering Apple and technology has become biased, unbalanced and increasingly lacks nuance. There is very rarely any part of the discussion in this show which is not covered with better insight and analysis elsewhere - John no longer offers a...Read full review »
Matthew T. via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/15/21
This was my favorite podcast for a long time, even after the transition from 5by5. But in recent years it just seems like Gruber is coasting. Episodes are released infrequently and erratically. Weeks will go by without an episode, and then right before WWDC, two episodes will come out back to...Read full review »
Mynameisted via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/01/21
Take a shot every time John says “you know”. You will die of alcohol poisoning. And the i-i-i-i stuttering constantly is maddening.
Louwrentius via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 05/30/21
John knows his stuff, has excellent guests and knows how to generate stimulating conversations.
steve65140 via Apple Podcasts · France · 05/30/21
This pod used to be entertaining but Gruber has gone off the rails, finding faux injustice everywhere and the virtue signaling has become nauseating. Also he sounds slightly drunk and slow, almost as if statins are addling his mind. Pity.
RtsGamer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/27/21
Update: 9 years on and I’ve long since gotten over the 5by5 split, so I’m updating my review. I’m low-key tempted to keep my old 2 star review in place because 1) it’s not like Gruber lacks for audience, and 2) he probably finds the whole thing darkly hilarious at this point, but I can’t help...Read full review »
Jeff A. C. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/21
The host is an aging Apple iPhone enthusiast that’s no longer relevant in today’s complex tech world and he seems lost. He has also gone fully hard left politically which just cuts his USA audience in half. People don’t want a cell phone reviewer to impose their political views on them.
ttrq01 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/15/21
Used to be a great tech podcast. They need to reclassify it as a Political podcast, because that is all it is. Now if you are not a liberal and agree with everything Gruber says, you should just not listen. Sad.
AAPL Freak via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/04/21
I used to like the long shows. Some years ago. I’ve been listening ever since. Can’t really pinpoint where it started that a new episode feels like the last one. He keeps making the same points with the same guests. I have the feeling he keeps using the same tools/principles no matter the...Read full review »
GrooveyRoovey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/28/21
John Gruber know his stuff, and listening to him is great he truly has a great voice for the spoke word. The only issue is that his political leanings tend to leak into the show, it’s not that I agree or disagree with him, but I feel like maybe it should be done on a different show and keep the...Read full review »
dustinleer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/24/21
This podcast and ATP are 2 podcast that I use to love listening to until they decided to use them as a platform for their political views. The Talk Show is a tech podcast that covers almost Apple exclusively. This is what listeners subscribe for but for some reason Gruber wants to take his...Read full review »
iHeartApple2 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/17/21
A bit on the rambling side. Tends to stay focused on technology which is good.
jazzmann777 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/13/21
Valuable commentary and information from a well-known expert.
TheTaintedOne via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/03/21
Far too often these conversations can drift way off into the far reaches of ones own understanding of just what the host John & his guest were talking about. It happens to them as well. They just sorta go off on a tangent that can oftentimes be completely unrelated to the subject at hand....Read full review »
Robert White 74 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/28/20
Amazing really
laSalted via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/14/20
Gruber is far to the left—to the point of political hackery. He really went off the trails during the past four years. If you want far left, reactionary political takes with your Apple discussions, then I guess this guy and this show are for you—blue check marks from Twitter sitting around and...Read full review »
WinterThunder via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/12/20
But not too well…
caprizzi via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/24/20
When he goes off on a tangent about the old days and old computers if gets boring quickly. With a working rambling-meter it’s an enjoyable show with a great selection of guests.
thegroover via Apple Podcasts · Austria · 09/05/20
I haven’t listened in a while, but just recently thought I would give it another try. It continues to go down hill. John seems to invites guest on the show, talks at them for an hour. He then asks them their opinions, sometimes it seems as though he doesn’t even listen to their opinion, or then...Read full review »
MacUser94 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/02/20
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