October 1, 2009 | Robert Nelson
The RssPlayer app, which if you ask me is a must have if you listen to podcasts is making the final preparations before submitting version 2.0 for approval into the App Store.
According to a recent Twitter posting, the developer has stated that they are looking for users to help translate the app which is “the last part before we submit it.”
Sounds good, personally I am looking forward to seeing what version 2.0 brings. Of course, there have been several hints dropped which include the addition of push notifications for new podcasts as well as improvements to the search.
Both additions will be welcomed, the notifications will keep me from endlessly checking for something new to listen to, but the search will most likely help out anyone who is trying to find something new.
In terms of the notifications, they are pretty simple, you will receive an alert when a new podcast is ready for download. But moving on to the search, according to a recent posting over on the Rss Player blog, users will now be able to search by title, provider, most popular, top rated, recently added and suggested. Users will also still be able to import podcasts by directly entering the URL.
Additionally, when searching, once you find a result you can tap that to bring up a details page that will offer a short description of the podcast. Then once you have found what you are looking for just tap subscribe.
As you would expect, there is not any time frame as to when Apple will offer approval for version 2.0. In terms of pricing, the app is currently at $0.99.
Finally, if I could just offer one reason why this should replace iTunes as your default method of downloading and listening to podcasts — you can download any podcast over-the-air regardless of size. In other words that silly 10MB download limit does not apply.