Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Apple jumps on the podcasting bandwagon


Apple just added podcast support to iTunes, and so far it looks pretty slick. I only had a few minutes to play with the new features, but I managed to snag a few podcasts for the Skytrain commute with a minimum of fuss. It beats out my previous client, iPodder, though to be fair Apple has a whole lot more resources at its disposal than most of the small code shops cranking out podcast clients.

But this new wrinkle in iTunes isn’t as significant for guys like me, who’ve been listening to podcasts from the beginning, as it is for people who have no idea what a podcast is, don’t want to deal with crap like RSS enclosures, feeds, and whatnot, but are sick of commercial radio. My dad, for one is sure to be a regular listener of the NPR and BBC stuff on iTunes (as am I).

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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