'Twas The Night Before WWDC...

Here on the eve of Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), the world waits with bated breath for what amounts to nerd Christmas. And just like Christmas, sometimes what we get is socks when we what really wanted was that hot new video game.

But I digress.

What I hope for is a real commitment to this post-PC nirvana we have been hearing about for a couple of years now. The iCloud marketing is pretty neat and while I will occasionally catch a glimpse of the possibilities, it seems to fall just a bit short.

For example, does it seem wrong to anyone else that the experience of managing podcasts is worse in the native iOS apps than in 3rd party alternatives? Why am I required to use iTunes to subscribe and also required to synch each of my devices to that "PC" in order to synch progress or load new episodes? Things get even worse if you have multiple devices and multiple PCs.

Whenever I have problems with my iPhones or iPads, one friend of mine loves to respond with "plug it into iTunes" even if that's obviously not the answer. (Yeah... he's a really funny guy.) The problem is that I don't want to plug it into iTunes. I don't want my PC involved at all if I can help it.

Fortunately there are alternatives to podcast management and the best ones use iCloud to provide the experience that Apple should. I will share my favorites with you in future posts.

For now I really just wanted to get in that one last wish to kill the iTunes requirement once and for all. I'm putting out the milk and cookies and getting ready to nestle myself in bed and if I dream of sugar-plums then all the better.

But I'm not hopeful. I just know I'm getting that three-pack of underwear instead.

Update - Evening of June 11, 2012

Yep. Socks and underwear. And an orange. Things that I needed and things that are good for me, but not really what I wanted. Oh well. My birthday is coming up....