Podcast * iTunes = Heaven

iTunes 4.9

Today, the latest version of iTunes, iTunes 4.9, was released to the wild, wild music and podcast world. And what a wonderful thing it is.

In case you are not into this iPod thing or just not up to speed, iTunes is the jukebox software that comes with iPods. It used to be the software that link iPods to Macs and PCs alike, and a nimble CD ripper, aside from playing music tunes. Now, with version 4.9, iTunes can capture podcasts, quasi-radio shows that amateurs and professionals alike are creating on all sorts of topics, and synchronize to iPods. iTunes enable quick and easy subscription of podcasts, as well as full length previews of podcasts to help you make the decision of subscribing or not, through Apple’s fable iTunes Music Store.

Comparing with your good old media aggregation software (the more fancy word for podcast downloader) like iPodder, iTunes bears a much simpler interface and is easier to use. Besides, because media aggregation software will use either iTunes and/or other media players to sync podcasts to portable players, iTunes will mean one application for podcasts instead of two; the simpler the better.

For me, which had already subscribed to a load of podcasts and use iPod, this version is just wonderful~

Extend readings:

豬欄 – iTunes接收podcast圖片教學
MacGrass – iTunes 4.9 的小更新

podcast中播有版權音樂

上星期五(5/13/05),在podcast鼻祖Adam Curry的podcast中,他提及美國National Journal的記者在電郵中提及美國唱片業聯會(RIAA)提出了”在podcast中播有版權音樂”的立場:

“We are always supportive of new and exciting ways for fans to discover and experience music. Podcasters, like the users of any sound recordings, must obtain the appropriate licenses from the copyright owners or their designees. Appropriate licensing is an important part of the legal system, setup to protect the musicians, songwriters and copyright owners. Podcasts are downloads, and are such, do not qualified for the statuary licenses that are available for the webcasters, simulcasters, satellite radio and other digital transmission services.”

雖然香港唱片業並未有類似的立場,但這只是時間問題。所以,大家小心。

原網站: http://mp3.dailysourcecode.podshow.com/DSC-2005-05-13.mp3