If you’re a Palm OS user interested in listening to podcasts, there’s only one name you need to know, no matter what type of handheld you have: Quick News.
This application was originally created to let people view RSS feeds, but podcast support was recently added to it.
I found Quick News to be quite easy to use, even for someone who was fairly new to podcasts.
It lets you subscribe to podcasts and have the file automatically be transferred to your device.
Quick News lets you search through a large catalog of podcasts and quickly subscribe to the ones you want.
They aren’t all included in this catalog, though, so you might have to go to the web site that’s hosting a podcast you want, find the address of that the site will give you, and manually put it into Quick News.
For example, if you go to the web site for the 1src podcast, you’ll see a note that says, “add this feed to your favorite podcasting application and have the podcast delivered automatically to your iPod,” along with the address you need.
When you are setting up the subscription (called a feed), don’t forget to check “Auto-download Recent Podcasts.”
The podcast can be downloaded directly to your Palm over a wireless connection. However, if you don’t have a wireless device, don’t worry, Quick News also has a desktop component that will let your PC do the download, then transfer the podcasts to your handheld when you HotSync.
In order to store the files, you’re going to need a SD card, and I’d suggest a pretty big one. The podcasts I subscribe to are all at least 5 MB and many are over 10 MB. You’re going to need a pretty high capacity SD card if you want to carry around more than a few shows.
Basically, I found this application to be quite easy to use. Subscribing to podcasts is a fairly easy process, and — in short — the whole deal is something that can be figured out quickly and easily.
Quick News 1.1 costs $14.95, and can be found on the Stand Alone web site.