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June 28, 2005

iTunes 4.9 with SUCKY podcast support is out

Makers of the popular podcasting aggregator software like DopplerRadio and iPodderX have nothing to worry about. iTunes 4.9 with Podcasting support is out and it sucks royally.

Missing are obvious and required features like the ability to convert downloaded podcasts to bookmarkable (.m4b) files and to automatically re-tag specified tags, like re-tag the Genre to "Podcast".

If you need bookmarkable files you better hope each podcast you listen to provides it or your out of luck (unless you have the time to manually convert them yourself.)

It also looks like Apple isn't supporting podcasts with torrent files as they all come up with broken links. BitTorrent is quickly becoming the preferred method for distributing podcasts since it reduces (in some cases nearly eliminates) the bandwidth costs for the publisher. To leave this out, either the iTunes program managers are sleeping at the wheel or they caved to a king idiot in Apple's legal department.

Its good Apple is recognizing Podcasting and supporting the medium, however in its current state the podcasting feature is simply unusable.

Despite the poor and rushed implementation of podcasting, iTunes remains my media library of choice. I just wouldn't rush to upgrade to this version since it adds nothing of value.

Posted in Podcasts & iPods by usrbingeek at 2005-06-28 12:23 ET (GMT-5) | 1 Comments | Permalink


The lack of bittorrent support is no surprise, given the percentage of bitttorent content that's legal vs illegal; Apple has to walk a fine line there. But it would be nice if they implemented it.

There's always the next version though. In general I've found apple to be pretty responsive to requests (there's a button to submit requests/concerns right next to the find-feed stuff).

The geeks will always use the most feature-laden control tools possible. The rest will use the easiest. This version is the easiest and first out of the gate, and will have the largest install base.

Posted by: gahlord Dewald at July 7, 2005 10:37 AM

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