The Preston and Steve podcast has been an innovator for years, being one of the early radio shows to their product (a great show) available for listeners everywhere through the podcast for years. My wfie and I have been listening for well over five years now and have had many laughs listening to the show.
HOWEVER, this new format is in complete opposition to the fan-friendly feel of the show and flies in the face of making it easy for fans to listen. This format makes what was once a very straight-forward one-step process into a cumbersome process that makes it difficult (and more importantly annoying) for fans/listeners to continue following and listening to what is otherwise a great product.
After sending an e-mail to the show (I received a response moments later, which illustrates on the whole that these guys are good with their fans) I was told to "create a playlist and listen to the files in order." The problem is that if you select all the files and you download multiple shows (i.e. Monday we like to download the previous week's podcasts) then you've got to wait for 45 files rather than 5 files (a week's worth of shows) to download then make sure you grab them in the correct order before putting them in the playlist or you'll then need to reorder them in your playlist? My point is this: why change something that wasn't broken and why make your customers do MORE work (and annoy them) to partake in your product?
As some other reviews have suggested, why not have both options for the podcast? One feed for the full daily show and another for the cumbersome 9-episode format that a minimal percentage of the reviews here seem to like? This new format, I suspect, might drive listeners away from the podcast.