Thursday, May 26, 2005

iTunes 4.9

As some of you may have heard, Steve Jobs this week announced iTunes 4.9 in the next 60 days. A new feature will be support for Podcasts. No one is sure if there will be a fee for some podcasts and others to be free as it is now. We don't know if we will be able to add custom feeds to iTunes or stuck with whatever directory is available.

I can see the third party developers thinking of how they can compete with iTunes. iPodderX for example has released version 3 with bonus features. This might save some developers if they can do it well, but others will just fade away. I think most iTunes users will stick to one application, especially if it is very easy to add a podcast to your iPod.

Maybe our iPods will get a microphone built in now if Apple succeeds here and notices a huge jump in demand for this feature. Would be nice for anyone to just hit "Record" on their iPod, create a show, sync it back to Apple's directory and it shows up on everyone's iTunes player. Hmmm, guess we'll need to wait and see.

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