This is how I consume Podcasts.
I use an iPod mini and iTunes on an old G4 attached to a 50W Honner keyboard amplifier.
I have a smart playlist (AAA Podcasts) that includes all Podcasts that
- Are not ‘unchecked’
- Have not been ‘played
- Sorted in order of download such that the oldest are at the top.
I listen to then in iTunes when at home and in the iPod while walking.
I consume them like I consume radio. If I zone in and out while listening I don’t really care. If they interest me, then they get my attention, just like a good radio show would.
When I sync my iPod it automatically removes the ones i have listened to. If I want to skip one I just ‘check’ it. If I want to skip one on the iPod I fast forward to the end and listen to the last few seconds – this marking it as ‘played’.
iTunes and the iPod remember where I am up to in a podcast. If I listen to on for 57 seconds on my iPod, and then connect it to my G4 and continue listening in iTunes, it plays from the 57th second.
Same work if I listen in iTunes and sync again and continue listening via the iPod.
Its the single most useful feature I can think of. I would not use another mp3 player/portable combination that did not provide that feature.