4 Great Features in iPhone 3.0 for Podcast Listeners

by Chris Christensen Add comments
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smart-playlistSmarter Playlists

I previously posted a screencast Managing Podcasts with Smart Playlists in iTunes about how you can better manage listening to multiple podcasts using the smart playlist feature in iTunes. In short I create a smart playlist that lists all podcasts that I have not yet played (to the end). I can then sort that playlist by size, title or date before I sync to my iPhone.

This great feature got even better in the iPhone 3.0 software because now this playlist is getting updated on the iPhone. Each time I go into this playlist it removes shows that I have listened to already on my iPhone.

maccast-iphoneDouble Time

I subscribe to 60 podcasts (yes that is not a typo) but now with the new 3.0 software I am running out of content because I am using the new feature that lets me play back podcasts in twice the time. I find most (non-music) podcasts to be very listenable and some hosts to actually sound better at twice the speed. The software speeds the rate without making the speakers sound like chipmunks.

What was that again?

When that motorcycle drives by or the host gives some phone number of URL you can now quickly go back 30 seconds to hear that again. That is a big improvement over trying to scrub back to the right spot.

best-podcasts-Amateur-TravelerSharing is Good

When you are listening to a podcast (like the Amateur Traveler podcast which was recently one of the hot podcasts according to my iPhone) and you want to share it with a friend you can now click the email icon to send a friend an email.

All of these features combine to make what was a good listening experience even better.


I am the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor.com/Flights. I am also the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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