So I had a dream last night. About Drupal, as I often do. I envisioned a way to make Embedded Media Import, which is bundled with Embedded Media Field, far more useful than it currently is. And I don't think it'll be too difficult to implement either.
I plan to work on this at DrupalCon, if anyone's interested. Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg and I plan to do some work towards updating the module to Drupal 6 at that time anyway.
emImport currently works by pasting the URL of a playlist, currently only from Flickr, but easy enough to implement for other providers such as YouTube, into a text field. You are then presented with a screen of captured media, with checkboxes, to import them as nodes, complete with titles, descriptions, media, and tags.
The next step is to allow this to automatically aggregrate playlists. In my dream, it was a new module, which I dubbed Embedded Media Aggregrator. However, after thinking about it this morning, I think it would be better to simply integrate that into emImport. In either case, the functionality would simply be built on top of what's already there.
Following is my envisioned workflow from the editor's perspective...