QuickPlayer Blackberry Media Player

In my travels around the Internet I recently came across the QuickPlayer for Blackberry. This Blackberry application allows me to listen to selected streamed podcasts from my phone (an 8700c in my case).

The service is $7.95 per month and their content selection is limited. I signed up to try it out, but if I am going to keep this service they'll need more content. Also, while the UI on the QuickPlayer application is pretty, it's not very functional. The basics are there - selecting a program, adding it to favorites, and listening. What's missing is any ability to access previous programs (only the most recent is available), and ability to fast forward or rewind the current audio program. There is pause but if you accidently hit the back button on the BlackBerry, as I did, selecting the program again starts it from the beginning.

I don't mean to be overly negative; I think this is a relatively new service and they are still working out the kinks. But once you start asking for money your users expectations of the quality of your software will be higher than the average "not quite there" Internet beta software. Still, it's great to be able to listen to Wall Street Journal news updates from my Blackberry and I think with a little more content and a more refined user interface I could see myself continuing to subscribe.

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