Since my IPod has been stolen, I have been looking to see what else is out there. Now the one thing I found was that there are alot of players out there that pretty much do all that I want. There are some compromizes but all in all the same.
The killer is the applications to aggragate the podcasts. I do have to take my hat off to Apple, they do have great intregration and is pretty clean. So far I have not found anything worth the while.
I just don't like how they lock everything down.
Also, because I removed Microsoft from my laptop and run Linux, the pickings are even more slim. If something comes along I am on it and may reinstall XP.
So now I wait. Microsoft has the Zune, Apple rumours are getting stronger on the new IPods, Creative Zen is catching up. But it is all about the integration!! That will be the turning point for me and what I buy next.
I realize that any mp3 player can play (most) podcasts. I'm curious if there are any players out there that actually have the features that a regular podcast listener would want. That is, keeping track of played podcasts, keeping track of the amount listened to, sync time played to computer, and allow the player to sync podcasts from multiple computers. I know that the ipod can do all of these but the last one, but what about non-ipods?
Problem is most companies don't advertise their podcast features since it is still only a niche audience that is interested. But I thought the buzz out loud community might have some ideas since you clearly have an interest in listening to podcasts.