I don’t have an iPhone or iPodTouch yet. I’m waiting for my killer app before I break my Verizon contract and jump. The app for me would be the ultimate podcast player. As I’ve shown in other posts, I jump through a few hoops to manage my podcasts (see here and here). This helps the workflow associated with download, listening and removing and with a few AppleScripts it isn’t to cumbersome.
My bigger issue is capturing notes and bookmarking specific portions of podcasts and audiobooks so that I can quickly retrieve those notes when I get out of my car. For instance, I’d like to be listening to a podcast via bluetooth headset, be struck with an insight based on the content, press the button on my bluetooth, speak a quick note or two, then get back to listening. When I’m out of the car and back to the office or syncing with my Mac, I could pull up a list of “notes” and the app would show me a list of all files that had attached notes, allow me to skip directly to that spot of the podcast or audio book, play back the note and perhaps the section of the podcast…you get the idea.
I thought maybe the iPhone version of Evernote could work but a few conversations with the developer pointed out some limitations with iPhone in that it doesn’t run multiple apps at once. So that indicates that I’d need an all-in-one solution. Unfortunately, it looks like Apple may not allow that app to be created. A new iPhone app, Podcaster, may not make it to the app store having been rejected by Apple because:
Apple Rep says: Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes.
This app isn’t exactly what I’m looking for but the developer’s experience would indicate that the journey may be tough. It’s really a shame that a helpful $4.99 app can’t make it to the store but the $1000 I Am Rich app can. Come on Apple. We expect better from you.