I am in need of a customized Podcast aggregator/player.
I've played with a few out there, but none meet my expectations so far. I am looking for an app that mobile visitors can download ota and come preloaded with my website's rss podcast feeds (no more than a few). When the user selects the appropriate playlist, It loads, then automatically plays the track while displaying track info and graphic. Our site itself uses a tweaked version of a Flash-based Jplayer (which has since evolved into the Longtail video player). I'm hoping to provide our small but growing audience with a similar mobile experience.
I originally came here researching the feasibility of teaching myself BB app development, after a mildly successful foray into Flash development, but I'm all mac-based and would have to find a pc to run the SDK, oh and try to learn to develop an app from scratch with a limited time and other issues to attend to, like more tweaking of the flash player online and managing the site.
I have never hired a developer that I hadn't worked with before, but I don't know anyone already seasoned for BB platform. I'm hoping someone here can point me to an existing solution or up for a mild challenge. Or, if this is completely the wrong place to ask, then hopefully I'll get pointed in the right direction.
My main problem with current solutions is that in order to play a external podcast, all players require one to at least punch in the full url for the podcast feed. My audience will be tech dumb and will not want to take the time. Also, none of the open aggregators prominently showcase the album/song artwork. And, in my own personal opinion, most of them are just butt-ugly.
Not all, but the interfaces I like are restricted to their own feeds.
This could be a one-shot deal, or its initial success may develop into a longer, more lucrative relationship with more projects to be realized. This is as much a learning experience for me, a noob to not just the platform, but the development and doing business on it. I love my storm and I just feel that as an internet-enabled multimedia gadget, it is severely under-represented and often misused. This coming from a begrudged former Newton owner and last-used a Palm Zire 72.