Pocket Podcasts Blog

Chronicles the development of Pocket Podcasts, an open source podcast client for Pocket PC and Smartphone

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Beta 2 released: Mobile RSS, Video

I just released a new beta with some crucial features:

- RSS viewing and podcast downloading over WiFi, EVDO, etc.
- Video support, when combined with TCPMP

Now you can turn a Pocket PC into a wireless-enabled "Video iPod" with excellent podcast support. As proof of concept, I've been regularly watching DL.TV, Cranky Geeks, and other video podcasts on my Pocket PC. There is one caveat: video playback can be sluggish with the wrong format. As long as I get the Divx or Mpeg4 versions, though, playback is smooth and crisp, even in "big screen" landscape mode.

Overall, the experience has been great. Despite owning an iPod, I rarely use it anymore. I originally had doubts when I bought my Pocket PC. Now that I think of it as a WiFi iPod that can do Skype, web, games, etc., it's quickly turned out to be a worthwhile purchase.

Enjoy the beta.