Apple Looking to Patent “Podmaps”

InformationWeek reports that Apple has filed a patent application for what it calls “podmaps” or “mapcasts,” a way to make podcasts more personalized by letting users download maps, directions and the like with or as part of a podcast.

According to the article, in the patent application Apple describes a number of potential scenarios, including “receiving a request for a map-based media item pertaining to mapping a route from a start location to a destination location; obtaining map information based on a determined route from the start location to the destination location, the map information including text directions and at least one map image; causing the text directions to be converted into voice directions; and forming the map-based media item using at least the voice directions and at least one map image.”