Apple released a new app this week from their stable. Podcasts is Apple’s means now for people to access Podcasts on their iPad without the need for iTunes. The interface is easily navigated and they’ve worked hard on the visual presentation aspect.
I have found it to be quite slow, and it has often crashed. However, I think that the interface works reasonably well and I’ve found it to be quite intuitive, especially for those already familiar with Apple store fronts such as iTunes. I’m hoping that Apple release an update to alleviate the crashes and general lag.
• Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app
• Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages
• Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.
• Browse by audio or video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts
• Tap Subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available
• Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
• Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
• Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
• Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages, and Mail
• Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
• Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices
Application for Education: Podcasts is a potentially an invaluable tool for the student and teacher alike. Listen and subscribe to the lastest on the run, without the need for a computer running iTunes. It allows students to quickly access content from their 1:1 device instantly.
- Apple Releases A Stand-Alone Podcast App [Updates] (makeuseof.com)
- Apple Podcasts app cuts out the iTunes middleman (slashgear.com)
- Apple Launches Podcasts App for iOS 5.1 and Later (macstories.net)