iTunes 4.9 has podcast support – A MAJOR disappointment

For about two months I have been really looking forward to the 4.9
version of iTunes – I expected seamless podcast support and most
importantly auto conversion to bookmarkable aac files. When you listen
to number of podcasts I do you want a good podcast receiver. So what
did I find:

  • Intergration with iTunes is OK – a true GUI directory is sweet
    although it is more basic than corporate GUIs I churned out in 1994 on
    16 bit 386 machines
  • No bittorrent support – this means podcast providers hosting bills will skyrocket if many users move away from iPodder
  • We cannot paste custom urls when a podcast is not in Apple’s directory, like My’lanta for instance
  • There is no Auto conversion to bookmarked files (aac) -aargh, bookmarks are why I bought an iPod in the first place
  • No playlist per podcast – all podcasts are dumped into the same
    playlist. Do Apple not realize many people use their iPods solely for
    podcasts and don’t want to be scrolling through 100+ files at 90mph on
    the highway while simultaneously riding the bumper of a 911
    and flipping off the SUV that they just cut up?

Ok enough of a rant already. I tried the Primetime Podcast Receiver
a month ago which looked promising but turned out to be a little
buggy with no bittorrent support either. Hopefully it will improve or
iPodder will add auto bookmarkable aac conversion. It is quite tempting
to write something myself building on my two week hack of my MP3 Jukebox (it looks rubbish but functionally was better than any commercial MP3 Jukebox in 2001) .

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4 Responses to iTunes 4.9 has podcast support – A MAJOR disappointment

  1. Richard says:

    Book on Podcasting Hacks from O’Reilly to be Released Soon

    Here’s the description from O’Reilly’s site:

    Podcasting does for Internet audio listeners what TiVo does for television viewers–it puts you in charge of when you enjoy a program. Podcasting is a web-based broadcast medium that sends audio content (most commonly in the MP3 format) directly to an iPod or other digital audio player. You subscribe to audio feeds, receive new files automatically, and listen to them at your convenience.

    As you can imagine, podcasting is taking the "blogsphere" by storm. A podcast is a professional-quality Internet radio broadcast, and like blogging and HTML before it, this revolutionary new way of publishing to the Internet has become the new outlet for personal expression.

    If you’ve got Internet access and a copy of Podcasting Hacks, you can find out just how easy it is to listen to and create your own Internet audio programs. With Podcasting Hacks, Jack Herrington, a software engineer with 20 years of experience developing applications using a diverse set of languages and tools, delivers the ultimate how-to of podcasting for anyone looking to get the most out of this hot new medium.

    Since August 2004 (the month that iPodder.com editor Adam Curry considers the start of podcasting), audio blogging has exploded. Podcasts cover every conceivable topic, including sex, relationships, technology, religion, home brewing, recreational drugs, rock ‘n roll, food, entertainment, politics, and much more. There were podcasts from the Democratic National Convention in Fall 2004, and some programs on Air America and NPR are also podcasts.

    Podcasting Hacks offers expert tips and tools for blogging out loud–for transmitting (and receiving) audio content worldwide with ease. This groundbreaking volume covers both entry-level and advanced topics perfect for aspiring and experienced podcasters. Herrington shows you how to get started, create quality sound, use the right software, develop a great show, distribute a podcast, and build an audience. More advanced topics include audio editing, podcasting on the go, and even videocasting.

  2. Paul says:

    Podcasting = good
    Hacking = good

    So in the words of George Orwell podcasting hacks must be double plus good.

  3. Jeffrey says:

    You certainly called this one no?

    "No bittorrent support – this means podcast providers hosting bills will skyrocket if many users move away from iPodder"

    Ouch.

  4. Paul L says:

    After much critiscm, I heard that Apple is now starting to cache media on their side.

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