Every six months or so Dave Winer tells us that the iPod isn’t a good podcast player and that we need to build a new one. The wish-list is always roughly the same and it’s always Open Source.
An Open Source podcast player; the ideal toy for developers, a mobile developer platform.
First, I’ve nothing against the idea, in fact, I think that it would be great.
However, it wouldn’t promote the development of podcasting. The issue with podcasting is finding things that are worth listening to. I don’t have trouble teaching my mother to use an iPod but getting her to subscribe to a feed is impossible.
The solution to the podcasting isn’t the device, it’s the guide.
PS – Dave, if you want to scream at me, see you next Tuesday at LeWeb3!
PPS – While I’m on the subject, why is the iTunes store so difficult to use? It’s impossible to browse for music. It’s fantastic once you know what you’re looking for but I don’t know what I’m looking for!!!