PODCASTS

As I said in a recent post, I've been listening to a lot of podcasts recently. I had been using what seems like the semi-official podcast client called ipodder. Not any more. I've found a new and improved-in-all-ways podcast client I'm going to be recommending to anyone who will listen. It's called Doppler Radio and it rocks. Compared to DR, ipodder seems like a proof of concept app whipped up to show the basics of podcasting. DR supports cool stuff like multi-threaded downloads so it downloads more than 1 podcast at a time, and things I would consider basic functionality that ipodder lacks like the ability to abort downloads if you've alread listened to something. It also has the genius feature of syncing your podcast RSS feeds with your account on Bloglines, the online RSS feed aggregator. So instead of putting a feed into ipodder and having no way of exporting the feed list (or even copying the URL to paste it somewhere else!) I can put all my feeds into Bloglines and it'll read the list and download any podcasts included.

In a nutshell, there's no reason to use ipodder and put up with its quirks and incompleteness. Switch to Doppler Radio. If you're using ipodder now, you'll thank me later.