EXCLUSIVE: A new Apple Patent application just published this morning provides insight into how a series of hierarchical menus displayable on an iPod could guide a user to select podcasts for play that are already stored on the device.
The Patent Application is 20060265637, Utilization Of Podcasts on Portable Media Devices. And by PDMs, Apple is, of course, referring to iPod and just perhaps, to successor devices as well.
In order for us to understand how this will work, let's look at some illustrations from this Patent app.
This shows us the start and workflow of the procedure involved for navigating through the list of podcasts stored on an iPod.
Here we see a workflow that occurs when the user selects a specific podcast to be played.
Here we see the user navigating through a field of menus that specify podcasts as a choice, and then menus and sub-menus of podcasts that are stored on the iPod or related device.
And finally, the user has specified they want to see metadata about the podcast being played. This information can be retrieved and then played via the views I show you now:
What do you think of the navigational and display capability portrayed in this patent application?