Apple released iTunes 4.9 this morning. I’ve extolled the virtues of podcasts in this space before, but this takes it to the next level. Apple has grabbed onto podcasting with both hands and they are intent on making it a part of the entire iPod package. If you’ve been waiting for a convenient time to check out podcasting, now is that time. Browse through the numerous categories and find something you’d like. It’s bound to be there.
Some notable features include the ability to sync podcasts to my iPod independent of my music collection. Very handy when you sync your music library manually due to its size. Also handy is the ability to sample an entire podcast prior to subscribing and downloading it. Apple also provides a link so you can submit your podcast to their directory in case they missed it.
I’d like to see the ability to enter an rss feed of my choosing that may not be in their directory. All of my previous subscriptions are in the iTunes directory so I don’t need this yet, but maybe someday. Since it is brand new, some of the feeds don’t have any content. I suspect this will be fixed over the next day or so.
So far, I’m impressed. I’ll let you know if my assessment changes.