By making Overcast free with in app purchase, Marco has lowered
the barrier to trying a third party app. From our perspective, a
user trying any third party app is good for all third party apps.
If a user is persuaded to download one alternative they should be
more likely to consider others in the future, especially given the
variety of apps that are available. Marco referred to this
diversity in his Macstories interview:
With a podcast app […] there are tons of big and small design and
priority decisions that each developer makes along the way. These
decisions add up to radically different apps — I can’t point to
any two podcast apps in the store today that are very similar to
each other in actual use.
I encourage you to try Overcast. In fact, if you really love
podcasts, I encourage you to try all the others too. If you spend
hours listening to podcasts every week, it’s going to be worth
your while to find the app that suits you best.
There are several factors that make Twitter a nearly ideal
playground for UI design. The obvious ones are the growing
popularity of the service itself and the relatively small scope of
a Twitter client. Twitter is such a simple service overall, but
look at a few screenshots of these apps, especially the recent
ones, and you will see some very different UI designs, not only in
terms of visual style but in terms of layout, structure, and flow.
I’m not saying it’s easy to write a good Twitter client. In fact,
that’s the point — that it is not easy to write a good client for
something as small in scope as Twitter hints at just how hard it
is to write a good app for anything, let alone something truly
Less obvious is the fact that different people seek very different
things from a Twitter client. TweetDeck, for example, is clearly
about showing more at once. Tweetie is about showing less. That I
prefer apps like Tweetie and Twitterrific doesn’t mean I think
they’re better. There is so much variety because various clients
are trying to do very different things. Asking for the “best
Twitter client” is like asking for the “best shirt”.
I think the same is true of podcast players today.