Fill your ears (and screens) a little easier

Marc Sanchez Jun 27, 2012

Working in public radio, as you might imagine, one is surrounded by a bunch of people with headphones. Sometimes we’re editing on deadline with a razor-like focus. There’s a 50/50 chance, however, that we’re checking out other shows via podcast (strictly for research, I assure you). So good news for public radio types and (why not) for humanity as Apple has introduced a standalone podcast app. The app, simply called Podcast, was released yesterday for iPhones and iPads and gives users a more hands on interface with their library. Wired reports:

The new app is not unexpected: Rumors have hinted at its imminent arrival for a while now, especially after podcast listings were removed from the forthcoming mobile version of iTunes in iOS 6.

The best feature, for me anyway, is the ability to subscribe and automatically update different podcasts – something we’ve been able to do on the computer version of iTunes for years. Now, when you’re on the bus or subway or wearing your own set of work headphones, you can automatically get your daily dose of your dear, dear friend: Marketplace Tech Report.

And if you can’t get enough podcasts, you might want to check out Stitcher’s new Smart Station feature, which compares your listening habits to millions of other people’s and makes suggestions based on those patterns. Stitcher is available on more operating systems, so all you Androids, Nook Book-ers, and Kindlings can get in on the discovery along with the iPhonies.

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