PodTrapper Podcast Manager by VersatileMonkey is a really decent podcast solution, and they’ve just released their best update yet! With one of the most intuitive media playback systems on Blackberry, and so many functions it’ll make your head spin, this application is a must have for anyone who really wants to be entertained on the go.
Adding podcasts is quick and easy, as PodTrapper pulls directly from Apple’s available podcast database when you do a search. If you want to add a podcast that’s not listed, you also have the option of entering the URL. Podcasts are downloaded directly to your device or removable storage, for playback even with no service coverage.
Here’s a quick rundown of the features before we hit the highlights:
• Automatic downloading of new episodes via Wifi, Cellular and Desktop
• Keeps track of last played podcast
• Remembers where you left off in every episode
• Reliable pause and resume of downloads when connectivity changes
• Built in keylock to allow for control of audio in your pocket
• Pauses for phone calls and resumes when completed
• Built in large file downloader
• Bookmarkable playback of any file on your device
• Support for video podcast (if supported by device)
This doesn’t even scrape the top of the limitless options you can set for downloading, priority, and playback of podcasts and other media files. Anyone who has been using PodTrapper since its first demo can attest to the application’s constant evolution. An easy tie-in to this is the unbelievable developer support. With a main menu option to contact the developer (which goes directly to his email), fast response time to any queries you might have, an incredible forum, and online tutorials and help pages, you’ll never feel left in the dark with any questions you have.
Anyone familiar with a TiVo/DVR style of playback control will love the ability to skip back and forth with the easy play controls. Along with this, PodTrapper now has the ability to play/pause from the mute button (where as you used to have a second icon you had to waste a convenience key on.)
Even with all the features they’ve managed to squeeze into PodTrapper (in other words, more to go wrong) I have only a couple of suggestions is only one item I find issue with (I had six more bullets here, downloaded the latest update, and they were all fixed bugs or added features):
• Newer video podcasts work great, but some older ones don’t always play right, and a couple even cause my blackberry to do a hard reset.
All in all, this is a superb application with almost limitless functionality, and as fast as it gets updated I would expect to see any little issues become a thing of the past quickly. The mediocre price tag and endless entertainment value of PodTrapper make it a must-have application for anyone who likes to play as hard as they work.
Download PodTrapper for free for 30 days. After the 30 day trial it retails for $9.99.