Ok, this was pretty cool. I was checking out some new mashups on my PC last night, just listening to a few seconds, to see how it was. That meant I often jumped to about the midpoint of the song, listened to a few seconds, then went on to the next song.
The first neat thing I noticed is that when I came back to a song I had been listening to before, it remembered my position, and started up again right where I left off.
I transferred a few of the mashups that I liked to my iPod Video, and one of them came up in my playlist right now. Guess where it started playing? Yup, right where I was when I was listening to it in iTunes last night. And it’s just a plain MP3 file – not a fancy AAC. Looks like Apple has finally nailed the MP3 bookmarking problem. Very cool.
To reiterate, iTunes somehow embedded some metadata in a plain old MP3 file to bookmark the playback position, and that metadata survived being transferred to my iPod. I don’t know if it’s actually embedding in the file, or in the iTunes database, but it’s a feature that people have been bemoaning the lack of for quite a while.
It’s really nice to not have to worry about remembering where I was in the middle of a long podcast when playback gets interrupted for some reason.
Oh, and head over to MashupTown to check out some cool mashups.