Apple Computer today released iTunes 4.9, the latest version of its popular digital music management software. iTunes 4.9 now allows users to browse, find, sample and subscribe to thousands of free radio shows – called podcasts – from the iTunes Podcast Directory then sync them to their iPods.
iTunes 4.9 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Music Store and is available immediately as a free download from http://www.itunes.com. The new Podcast menu is available starting today via a free iPod software update for all Click Wheel iPods and iPod minis from http://www.apple.com/ipod. iTunes 4.9 users can download and subscribe to Podcasts with no additional software required, as support for Podcasts is built right into iTunes and iPod.
Freedom is as good as it sounds. Imagine listening to your favorite talk show on a spur-of-the-moment bike ride. Hearing movie reviews in line at the box office. Catching the 11:00 news at 6:33. Imagine never again missing the unmissable. Choose the time. Choose the place. Choose the show. Save for later or listen now. Podcasting makes it possible. iTunes makes it easy.
Radio Is Finally Free
Podcasting is radio your way. Defy programming schedules and listen to whatever you want, whenever you want — and on your iPod — wherever you want. Podcasts are radio-style shows — some from major media, others from passionate individuals — delivered over the Internet to your computer. Unlike streaming audio, which requires you to listen in real time, podcasting lets you control how and when you hear your favorite shows.
Cast of Thousands
Until now, searching for podcasts was like scanning for radio stations in a strange city — except you’d be browsing thousands of podcasts in a teeming metropolis called the Internet. And if you wanted to subscribe to a podcast, well, you needed additional software to keep everything up to date. There had to be an easier way. Enter iTunes and iPod, with built-in podcast support.
Welcome to the Golden Age of Podcasting
Now you can easily find and subscribe to free podcasts from one of the largest directories on the web — the iTunes Podcast Directory. Featuring over 3,000 free podcasts from favorites such as ABC News, Adam Curry, ESPN, KCRW and more, the Podcast Directory puts all the best podcasts in one place. Once you subscribe to a podcast, iTunes automatically checks for updates and downloads new episodes to your computer. When you sync your iPod, all your podcasts come along for the ride. You get on-demand radio, delivered automatically. All from the world’s best digital jukebox.
Published in: Multimedia on 2005-06-28