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Mix: Podcast listeners, Mossberg, Smart Playlists, Target

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, July 6, 2005
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According to new research by the Diffusion Group, the number of podcast users in the U.S. will increase nearly 15 fold over the next five years, reaching 60 million by 2010.

The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg says that “Apple has made receiving podcasts as simple as downloading music. The bad news is that neither Apple nor anyone else has made it nearly as simple to create a podcast and get it online as it is to create and post a text and photo blog. Until that happens, podcasting won’t be truly mainstream.”

Apple has posted a support document that says Smart Playlists on Click Wheel iPods may stop updating dynamically after applying iPod Updater 2005-06-26.

Target is reportedly ready to launch a digital music service similar to iTunes (single-track music downloads) but will also offer monthly subscription plans. [via PaidContent.org]

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1

Well, that support document may explain the problem, but it sure doesn’t fix it.

Posted by Likelife on July 6, 2005 at 10:30 AM (PDT)

2

I suppose admitting you have a problem is the first step…

Posted by Charles Barilleaux on July 6, 2005 at 10:45 AM (PDT)

3

They should have admitted it (and pulled it or warned us) on day one. Surely they must have tested the software before release like any good developer would. I think they are so desperate to hijack the whole Podcast thing that they just rushed it out regardless!

The worrying thing is that we’re used to seeing new iPod software only every 5-6 months.  Lets hope they don’t go quiet on the subject again and make us wait that long for a fix.

Posted by RDH on July 6, 2005 at 11:03 AM (PDT)

4

Mossberg is a joke.  He has all the access a tech writer could want and yet he seems to make so many misjudgments about technology.

Of late, he’s been nothing more than an Apple fanboy.  I believe he’s too old for his job and losing key facts in most of his columns. 

His column is the most vacuous and insencere commentary of any nationwide publication.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on July 6, 2005 at 1:11 PM (PDT)

5

both iTunes 4.9 and the iPod Updater seem a little rushed, I think (or, at least I hope) that that means there will be something new, like 5G iPods and iTunes 5.0 . But that is, of course, only my dreams wink

Posted by iPontus on July 6, 2005 at 2:03 PM (PDT)

6

iPontus:

... as real as they could seeeeeemm….

HAHAHAHAHA sorry.

your dreams sound a lot like mine… unlike xmas eve, i will not be holding my breath tonight… we’ll see what they toss out tomorrow…

Posted by Puck in washington dc on July 6, 2005 at 2:38 PM (PDT)

7

“I think (or, at least I hope) that that means there will be something new, like 5G iPods and iTunes 5.0”

If that turns out to be true, get used to the bug.  Apple will NEVER fix it.  They’ll just ignore you and move on to the new customers and expect you to upgrade your device to get a frigging bug fix.

Just ask 3G owners still plagued by the “OK to Disco” bug.

Posted by stark23x on July 6, 2005 at 6:45 PM (PDT)

8

stark23x, what’s the “OK to Disco? bug? I have a 3G and the 4G users truely have my condolence. This bug must be fixed, smart playlists are a critical advantage of the platform, they HAVE TO WORK.

Posted by Bad Beaver on July 7, 2005 at 2:31 AM (PDT)

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