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iTunes 4.9 has changed my life. (Okay, not my ENTIRE life, but a large part of it). I’m totally digging these podcast things, and iTunes makes it easy and simple to download new episodes and sync them with my iPod. However, there are a few issues […]

iTunes 4.9 has changed my life. (Okay, not my ENTIRE life, but a large part of it). I’m totally digging these podcast things, and iTunes makes it easy and simple to download new episodes and sync them with my iPod. However, there are a few issues that constantly bug me:
– There is no way to easily go to a podcast’s home page, or to its page in the iTMS.
– Descriptions of episodes and podcasts in general are hard to read, and often cut off.
– When browsing the music store, unless one is looking through featured shows, there is no way to get more information about a podcast other that either googling the name, or choosing to listen to an episode.
– There is no easy way to view show-notes.
Am I the only one with these gripes? These are things that don’t seem like they would be too hard to implement. Hopefully Apple will address at least some of these issues in their next major iTunes release, iTunes 5.0

  1. I totally feel you on about 80% of those points. I’m sure they are getting feedback and will make changes :)

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  2. It’s a 1.0 feature, give it time :-)
    From what I’ve read, a lot of your points have more to do with how the podCasters themselves syndicate their feeds. iTunes offers more RSS tags than standard feeds but most podCasters haven’t started using them yet
    (chapter/artwork notes, etc)

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  3. Jason Terhorst Friday, July 29, 2005

    On the podcasts that I listen to (the ones from Leo Laporte), clicking the arrow circle to the right of the podcast name takes me to his site, and clicking the little “i” circle button shows me the shownotes. But this may depend on the author of the podcast. (Leo works hard to make sure his stuff works on iTunes)

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  4. Leo rocks. Guess he hasn’t had a chance to do that on the “This week in tech” podcast yet”

    Also, PXLated, good info!

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  5. It’s nice how it stops downloading podcasts when you happen to delete the ones you’ve listend to on your iPod before you sync it…

    Okay, not so nice. Now I have to pay attention to see if it’s updating or not :)

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  6. There are a few things I don’t like about the Podcasting interface in iTunes:
    1. Old MP3s are not deleted once synchronised or listened to.
    2. One can’t drag a podcasting URL onto it and have iTunes do the right thing.

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  7. I agree with all the previous posters, there are definitely good points in there.

    The point I would add to this list, is what is with the sluggish performance when it’s updating the podcasts??

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  8. Jason Terhorst Tuesday, August 2, 2005

    The sluggishness, I don’t know much about, but I know that there is an option in the preferences to have iTunes delete the old, listened-to programs from your HD and ‘Pod. Go to Preferences, then “Podcasts”, then choose the “Keep” dropdown, and choose “All unplayed episodes”. Very cool, huh? It gets rid of the old ones after it’s sure that you’re done with them.

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  9. I don’t like the fact that you can’t share podcasts over bonjour! I would like to be able to download a podcast and play it from any computer on my network, rather than have to download it on every computer I want it on.

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  10. I would like the option on an indivdual subscription basis to delete or not after listening too.
    I did find a workaround for continous play on shortchapter audiobooks (ie Tom Corven). Add them to a playlist, (set tracks if need be). Leave shuffle on Albums so switching twix music and podcasts are less painful.

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