With iTunes 4.9, you can now browse and subscribe to podcasts from within the iTunes Music Store. Podcasts are frequently updated radio-style shows downloadable over the Internet. You can also transfer podcasts to iPod, for listening on the go.
iTunes 4.9 weighs in at a 9.9mb update, but is currently only available on a Mac, via Software Update. There were several rumours that a big ‘partnership’ would be starting today as well, but there is no news of that just yet.
There are several new options. You can configure iTunes to check for updated ‘episodes’ of your favourite podcasts at different time intervals, tell iTunes how you would like to sync your podcasts with your iPod, and configure how long episodes are kept for. At the time of writing, no podcasts are displaying in the ‘podcasts’ section of iTunes. These will probably be activated later today.
This is a screenshot showing the new ‘podcasts’ link on the iTunes sidebar. They’ve even made a great looking new icon.
iTunes sidebar with Podcasts link