I'm so glad I'm not the only one that wants this. I'm stabbing at the tiny pause/play button on my iPad mini, and it sometimes takes six goes to make it stop, so then I've got to slide the slider, and then it's a while before the bit I need etc.
I make audio notes - long ones - every day, and transcription can be a real chore. I've been wanting a keyboard shortcut for years.
Podcasty functionality would be great, but I would happily settle for stop/start from a key combo.
PS - it's now 4 years - FOUR YEARS! - since Raam Dev raised this topic. Come on, Eve