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Like all mac faithful, I downloaded the iTunes 4.9, and checked out the podcast feature. Despite all the hoopla around Podcasts and how are going to be different from radio, well the iTunes 4.9 clearly shows that it is nothing but radio timeshifted. There is ESPN, […]

Like all mac faithful, I downloaded the iTunes 4.9, and checked out the podcast feature. Despite all the hoopla around Podcasts and how are going to be different from radio, well the iTunes 4.9 clearly shows that it is nothing but radio timeshifted. There is ESPN, ABC News, and some other mainstream radio shows being offered as Podcasts.

itunes with podcast

The real podcasts are being passed off as “indie podcasts,” though I am glad to see Inside Mac Radio and Engadget Podcast at #3 and #4 in terms of downloads. Everything else is just some repackaged radio show/television program! That’s not podcasting is it? Its like TiVoed Radio!

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  1. I agree that the current crop of podcasts offered through itunes are primarily big media and not very different from conventional radio.

    However, once the independent podcasts pass the screening process apple has put in place for quality/content reasons, I think we’ll really see an explosion of independent audio on the web.

    As A VC mentions, podcast integration in itunes gives 6 million users an easy to use and familiar program with which to discover this content, may of whom don’t currently even know what a podcast is.

    He’s right, it won’t happen overnight, but this is huge boost to the medium.

  2. Yeast2 » Blog Archive » from Om Malik: Told ya so. Tuesday, June 28, 2005

    [...] re: iTunes – yeast2.com 06.28.05

    from Om Malik: Told ya so.

    iTunes 4.9, Podcasts, they are more like time shifted radio [...]

  3. Yeast2 » Blog Archive » from Om Malik: Told ya so. Tuesday, June 28, 2005

    [...] re: iTunes – yeast2.com 06.28.05

    from Om Malik: Told ya so.

    iTunes 4.9, Podcasts, they are more like time shifted radio [...]

  4. Yeast2 » Blog Archive » from Om Malik: Told ya so. Tuesday, June 28, 2005

    [...] re: iTunes – yeast2.com 06.28.05

    from Om Malik: Told ya so.

    iTunes 4.9, Podcasts, they are more like time shifted radio [...]

  5. I’m getting the sense that the current state of iTunes’ podcast directory — where just about every indie podcast is listed under “Audio Blogs” (stupid category) — is pushing some people to explore places like PodcastAlley.com to seek out new shows. At least, I hope that’s happening…

    My music podcast, Dave’s Lounge, isn’t in the iTunes directory yet, but the latest show still managed to get about a dozen downloads from iTunes today. =^)

  6. Andy Abramson Tuesday, June 28, 2005

    Om..we used to call that rebroadcasting approach “recasting” not webcasting back in th e 90’s…I am happy to see that when it comes to Podcasting, Apple has about as much understanding about that as they did when it came to streaming media back in the 90s.

  7. Agreed. Well, at least podcasting isn’t the single most overhyped phenomenon on the web right now… for that we have “video blogging”.

  8. I think there’s room for both commercial content and “indie” content.

    The Publish a Podcast choice is quite prominent.

    I still like my NetNewsWire podcast handling. The podcast gets dropped in the iTunes library and a simple playlist for the “show” is created.

  9. Profile: iTunes 4.9

    Service: iTunes 4.9 with Podcasts

    Launched: June 28, 2005

    What is it?
    As was widely anticipated, iTunes 4.9 launched today (22 mb download) for both windows and mac platforms. It includes significant new and enhanced features, including, most not…

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