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PodPlayer 1.0 released!

As an avid podcast listener on the iPhone I found there were certain features missing from the existing iPod player. PodPlayer is my best effort to give me the features I need on a daily basis and hopefully others find it useful too.

When you’re travelling on the train, it can often be so crowded that getting your phone out of your pocket to choose a new podcast, or skip forward past the long intros or adverts, can be a pain. PodPlayer gives you a continuous playlist of your podcasts, in the order you want to hear them, so you can go for hours without needing to get the phone out of your pocket. Just set up your favourites and they will get played first.

It lets you set up start times for particular podcasts to make sure it skips past the long intro music or adverts and straight to the content. It also lets you perform a “slow double-click” on your headphone remote to skip forward a specified time, meaning you can skip forward past adverts or boring bits without getting the phone out.

These features require the app to be in the foreground unfortunately, but as you are putting the phone in your pocket anyway, it’s not a huge problem – just remember to load the app before it goes in your pocket and you have all the control you want.

This would work equally well in a car, where you want a long list of podcasts and don’t want to be fiddling with the controls while driving.

Another thing I like to do is listen to podcasts when I go to sleep. The in-built Timer on the iPhone is fine for telling it to sleep after a while, but if you are still awake and want to continue listening, you can use the remote to start playback but you still have turn the phone on, enter your passcode and set the timer going again.

With PodPlayer it’s all inside the app. When Sleep Mode is on, playback will always stop after a set time. If you are asleep, the phone will go to sleep shortly afterwards. If you are still awake, press play on the remote, playback will resume and the timer will start again. This cycle will repeat as many times as you need to fall asleep. All without touching the phone. In the morning just turn Sleep Mode off.

PodPlayer recreates the familiar feel of the iPod player, but aims to provide more control and and app more tailored to podcast listening.