Archive for the ‘iPad’ Category

Everyone is wrong about Apple’s Podcasts app

30 Jun

Apple released a podcast app this week that has been met with a fair amount of criticism by the podcast listening community.  Most of these people appear to have already tried many different apps or have been using iTunes podcasting abilities.  I don’t think that this app is targeted toward them.

This app appears to try and turn all of the podcasts that Apple hosts into the content needed for an internet radio.  I have used podcasts in the past, but thought that it was too much effort to keep them all synced when the content quality was just so so for most.  I instead would listen to the radio or listen to an audiobook.  The first was current and the latter was usually great content with very good production.

I believe this app is designed to not focus on individual podcast streams.  It minimizes the “subscription” aspect of a podcast. The main goal I believe is to just pick the topic that interests you, such as history, and then start listening.  After doing this you are presented with the latest podcast in a series that Apple curates for that topic.

This has left me able to pic my genre and start listening to  podcasts with good quality and very little discovery time. If I don’t like it then I skip and go to the most recent episode of the next podcast. It is a much less difficult way to get good content on your phone. I think that is Apple’s biggest goal with this app.  The people that will want to invest a lot of time into maintaining a list of their subscribed podcasts are the minority.  People really just want better radio and this app delivers it in my opinion.


Why Android Doesn’t Have Volume

10 Dec

Eric Schmidt made a comment that developers would begin to develop for Android because it has more volume than the iPhone.  But with all of the different manufactorers of Android phones there is no volume.  No one phone from Android compares to any iPhone. For tablets Android can’t even claim a group volume success. Soon they may be able too, but it will be the same scenario of different manufacturers making different form factors and performance decisions. If this is what Schmidt truly believes then I think it is a very telling disconnect with the concerns of developers and designers.

Schmidt doesn’t understand how freeing it is to sit with an iPhone or iPad and think of design. The screen dimensions, size, and product quality is known to every designer. Most designers have dealt with creating web sites.  They have thought through a design, but it is very difficult to get that across to users consistently.  We all have different browsers and view them at different sizes.

Designers, developers, and users all love the iPhone and iPad.  They love them because the designers are able to focus on exactly how the user will interact with their creation.  They love them because the developers are able to focus on exactly the device that they will be using. They love them because Apple has focused on giving them the best experience.

With the iPhone and iPad designers, developers, and users have the most consistent interaction in the digital world.  In this respect Android has no volume. This is why people will be buy an App from the App Store. Because they know that it was made for them.