An open letter to MP3-player and mobile-phone manufacturers:
Your devices are no longer just for music. We’re using them to listen to longer spoken-word content such as audiobooks and talk-radio programs. Because we can’t always listen to these longer recordings all the way through to the end in one sitting, we need the ability to “bookmark” locations in each file. The iPod supports this, but only for files encoded in an Apple-proprietary format, not MP3s. And most other devices don’t support bookmarks at all.
This should be a function of the player device. It should have nothing to do with file formats, etc.
The availability of a bookmark feature will soon become an important buying-decision criterion.
The Podcasting Community