I began listening to a a speech this morning by Dave Winer. He started talking about how no current media device was great for managing podcasts. I’m only 6 mins in so I’m not sure what else he’s going to cover but I’ve been meaning to write about the problems with the iTunes/iPod platform for this application for awhile.
Maybe Dave or Apple can make use of this feedback!
If you’re in a hurry, I’ll save you the details, here’s the summary: The iPod/iTunes is only an adequate device for managing podcasts. (Though it’s pretty damn good for managing your music collection!)
Now, on to the details:
- If I’m midway through playing a podcast when I sync the iPod the currently playing podcast is deleted
- This is the worst issue IMO and I consider this a defect
- Podcasts are mixed in amongst the music
- I don’t want to see them when I am browsing my music collection!
- And I definitely don’t want it to artifically increase the stats about how many albums/artists etc I have in my collection
- There are two menus I have to navigate when viewing/listening to my podcasts
- Videos->Video Podcasts and just regular Podcasts
- They should be all under one menu
- Or Podcasts->Audio and Podcasts->Video
- The RSS recommended by iTunes is shonky, proprietary and harder to implement than it should be
- Bittorrent-supplied files aren’t recognized by iTunes
- It would be nice if iTunes gave you the option to normalize a podcast (automatically?), perhaps with something like the Levelator
I’d love to see all these problems addressed…or iTunes/iPod opened up so I can fix ’em. 😉