In short, it didn't go well at all. If it wasn't for a few long phone calls on the trip, I would have gone out of my mind.
We'll start with the good news. The one shining star was Audible Air. This did everything that it was supposed to do.
When I wanted to download an hour of content, it took a little less than 2 minutes (2 minutes of silence for one hour of content is a fine trade). And, of course the “theory” behind Audible Air is that my phone would download that content the night before – so this wouldn't be an issue.
I've been a monthly subscriber to Audible for some time now so I had a long library from which to choose from.
Had no current subscriptions in the queue, so there was no way to get some recent news on any topic.
The only problem – Audible Air only does Audible. Not only was this restrictive in what I could get to work on the only wireless Podcatching engine I could get to “work” but I hate situations (and I think all customers do) where I have to switch between two different programs to do the same task.
Audible, want to make me really happy? Let me use Audible Air to download any Podcast I want. I can't imagine it is that much more of a coding issue (maybe just add an import OPML) – and use the bandwidth of the host. Yes, I know there are a few hoops to jump through but let me tell you this.
So far, you're the only thing that works. How would you like the whole market of wireless Podcasters running a program with your logo on it every day.
Just a thought.