I am a podcast addict, matter of fact it is my sole source of news. When I lived and breathed the PalmOS I used a AWESOME program called QuickNews that downloaded all my favorite show feeds to my Treo.
Since switching to the iPhone my “on the fly” podcast consuming days were quickly put to an end. Thankfully someone saw a need for podcasting on the iPhone and created one of the best web apps I have ever seen called Podcaster.fm. But, web apps are only good if you have a data connection. Alex, the developer of Podcaster.fm, has been secretly programming a NATIVE iPhone podcasting application that lets you stream and download podcasts to your iPhone so you can get your podcast fix on the fly, without a computer.
Alex kindly let me beta test the software, which he is submitting to the AppStore tomorrow and I must say I’m very impressed.
[The native podcaster streams] just like the web app but it also allows you to download podcasts and listen to them when your offline (iPod Touch) or on edge(Old iPhone).
The interface is broken out in 3 sections.
My Podcasts – Displays all your podcasts. This screen also allows you to refresh your podcast list to see if there are any new items.
Unplayed – Displays unplayed podcasts.
Downloads – This is where you can see all your downloaded items.
Initially all sections have no items. It is up to you to subscribe to podcasts. We have provided several ways to subscribe. The easiest of which is to search our Podcast Directory. You can search by podcast title. If you cant find what you are looking for, you can use 1 of the other 3 methods to subscribe. Import from podcaster.fm account. Import by feed url and import by opml url.
After you have setup your podcast list. You are ready to listen. Simply select the item you want and click play. The podcast starts streaming in the media player. You also have the option to download the podcast. We have put a max limit of 40 MB for this current release but that is temporary and will be lifted in future updates. You can download as many podcasts as will fit on your iPhone or iPod Touch. [#
The application will, however, not be free when released in the App Store but I must say with my time using the product it will be well worth the cost!