Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More rants about the iPod Nano

Just a quick post here to reiterate why Tap to Go Back is so important to me.  When I was getting ready to go home from work today, I decided to boot up my Garmin GPS to find me the best way around rush-hour traffic.  Of course, when you most need this kind of cellular routing, this particular unit has a nasty habit of acting as if it has no traffic software what-so-ever.  So try as I might, there's no way to force it to load data and I get in the car and head home in the typical direction.

As I approach the Capital Beltway I495 / I95 / I395 "Mixing Bowl" Springfield Interchange, the traffic data finally comes in, only 30 minutes too late.  So I take a hard right to follow its new directions pleasantly listening to the Radiolab Podcast while I head of into new and unexplored traffic.  After 69 minutes constantly following some other car as an occasional snail's pace, I spot a Noodles & Company and decide that since I hadn't eaten since my 5a30 banana I may as well get a bite and let the traffic calm down a little.

So here I am, listening to my podcast, trying to find a parking space when something interesting happens and I miss a bit of podcast dialog.  So I press-and-hold the rewind button for a few seconds and when I let go, I'm at the beginning of the podcast again.  So I've lost my place and as I'm trying to figure out what's happened as I'm trying to park some lady sneaks up behind me and nearly rear-ends me!  Needless to say, I had more than a few choice words — but not for that driver, for Steve Jobs and Apple for designing such a flawed device for playing back spoken word.

In the end, I lost 32 minutes of my life trying to reach the place where I had left off before I was so rudely sent back to be beginning.  Mr. Jobs, my time back please.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Tap to Go Back is the most important iPhone app to ever be written.  It is life saving, stabilizing, rational, common-sense and for the most insane reason in the universe, it looks like it's up to me to write it!

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