the BBC has done a great job with iplayer. it’s fantastic not to be tied to the schedules and to hear about a programme from others and then go watch it. but there are several things that are a PITA.
* the programmes are generally only available for 7 days
* the number of podcast shows is small and availability is, again, restricted
* many programmes are not available to download
now, i like to close my eyes on the train into town and listen to something worthwhile (books are for the return journey when i’m no longer conscious that i’ve had too little sleep). i have a nice mp3/radio player that cost me twenty quid (iphone has no radio and is pants with a linux machine), and all i want to do is listen to simon russell beale in “the secret pilgrim” on the journey tomorrow. why, mr bbc, can’t i do that?
it so happens that i can, as long as i’m prepared to fart about a bit (when i should be writing a board report). the script here works well and i’m all loaded for the morning.