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Apple releases iTunes 4.9, featuring podcast downloads [updated]

image As widely expected, Apple has today released iTunes 4.9 for Mac and Windows, the first version of the popular music management software to include built-in support for downloading of podcasts.

As described by the company, “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.”

Apple has also launched a “Publish Podcasts to the Music Store” information page for submitting your own podcast RSS feed for consideration.

Update: Apple has now officially announced the new version of iTunes, saying it is “taking Podcasting mainstream” by offering “everything users need to discover, subscribe, manage and listen to Podcasts.”

The company said the new Podcast Directory in iTunes 4.9 features over 3,000 free audio programs, with content from ABC News, Adam Curry, BBC, Clear Channel, The Dawn and Drew Show, Disney, Engadget, ESPN, Newsweek and NPR member stations such as KCRW in Los Angeles and WGBH in Boston.

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It’s available from even if the download page says its 4.8

Posted by Sequence on June 28, 2005 at 4:29 AM (CDT)


Windows version of iTunes 4.9 is also up now.  To access the podcast list, go to Audiobooks and select Podcasts.

Posted by James on June 28, 2005 at 4:41 AM (CDT)


iPodlounge Podcast is even there o_0’
That means that some apple insiders are visiting ipodlounge…

Posted by Sequence on June 28, 2005 at 5:06 AM (CDT)


whats the difference besides the podcast thing. i don’t want to waste two hours to download an upgrade if all that is new is the podcast

Posted by Hector on June 28, 2005 at 5:57 AM (CDT)


wow. that’s pretty stealth, i bet they’re hoping bugs will be reported before all the websites are updated…

if you go into itunes help>check for updates it doesn’t even show up… thought it was a hoax til i clicked the link in the ipodlounge announcement…

Posted by Puck in washington dc on June 28, 2005 at 7:29 AM (CDT)


Has “Reset Playcount” always been an option in the library?

Posted by robroe in Manchester, UK on June 28, 2005 at 7:48 AM (CDT)


Right…this is OK at best.

If you guna include some of the BBC’s podcasts why not them all? Alienating UK visitors.

Wheres Rumour Mill?
Wheres TX Utld!?

Thumbs down on this, sorry.

Posted by XanDa on June 28, 2005 at 8:05 AM (CDT)


Can’t add Podcasts other than those Apples feels worthy. Not cool.

Posted by Randy on June 28, 2005 at 8:18 AM (CDT)


Randy under advance -> subscribe to podcast

Posted by Karit on June 28, 2005 at 8:29 AM (CDT)


Yes you can.

Go to Advanced>Subscribe to Podcast and enter the URL.

Posted by Daveoc64 on June 28, 2005 at 8:30 AM (CDT)


Geezz.. How hard can it be to implement CD-Text..

Posted by lopoz on June 28, 2005 at 8:34 AM (CDT)


Do we have any thing new besides the Podcasts? If not, it’s not worth the download.

Hey, the download size is down from 48 to 21 mb in the transition.

Posted by hsk on June 28, 2005 at 8:48 AM (CDT)


Probably not of interest to many but it looks like the type library has been updated to 1.4.

Looks like you can programatically subscribe to podcasts etc, guess thats going to be the only major change.

Posted by robroe in Manchester, UK on June 28, 2005 at 8:50 AM (CDT)


kk. I just noticed that they don’t sell b&w screened white ipods anymore…
Thats CRAZY… 299 20gig photo!

Posted by ipodrulz on June 28, 2005 at 8:55 AM (CDT)


Can it convert the file to a bookmarkable file like Doppler?

Posted by Gene Abercrombie on June 28, 2005 at 9:01 AM (CDT)


Thanks all for the custom podcast tip… looked every where but the right place.

Posted by Randy on June 28, 2005 at 9:02 AM (CDT)


So if they are updating Ipods, are they going to update the firmware so I don’t constantly have to restore/reformat it because of the firmware update failure, chkdsk errors?  I spent the entire weekend trying to get that thing working again (thanks for the ideas here, but none of them worked for me, after 5 reformats (3 in windows) it magically started working again).  Even the no playlist/1 song playlist alarm doesn’t help.

Posted by Chris on June 28, 2005 at 9:23 AM (CDT)



Posted by littlecletus on June 28, 2005 at 9:35 AM (CDT)


Podcasts… yawn…

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on June 28, 2005 at 10:05 AM (CDT)


Like the cool bookmarks in the iTunes New Music Tuesday podcast.

Posted by robroe in Manchester, UK on June 28, 2005 at 10:11 AM (CDT)

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