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WWDC: Jobs gives update on iPod, shows podcasting features

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imageIn addition to announcing a transition to Intel processors for Macs, Apple CEO Steve Jobs offered an update on iPod and iTunes sales, as well as a look at the upcoming podcast support in iTunes during his keynote speech at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco.

Jobs said that 16 million iPods have been sold as of the end of March, accounting for 76% market share of all music players. He said more than 430 million songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Music Store so far, and that it commands 82% of legal digital music sales.

The Apple chief next discussed the previously announced podcasting features of iTunes 4.9. Jobs called podcasting “iPod plus broadcasting,” “TiVo for radio” and “Wayne’s World for Radio.” He said that anyone can make it and get a worldwide audience, and said Apple sees it as the hottest thing going in radio right now.

Jobs said you can easily subscribe to the podcasts and have them automatically synced to your iPod. “We’re going to make this even easier,” he said. “We’re going to build it right into iTunes and iPod.” Jobs then went into a quick demo in which podcasts were shown in the source list of iTunes, and there was a podcast directory directly in the application. He quickly went to Adam Curry’s “The Daily Source Code” and then to KCRW public radio. Subscribing was as easy as clicking one button.

Finally, Jobs said that Apple plans to do its own podcast for iTunes Music Store releases every Tuesday, and revealed that artwork will be supported for each podcast.

Update: We’ve now posted our photo gallery from the WWDC keynote.

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Comments

1

isnt theat a load of horse crap what a waste of a wwdc no ipods on powerbooks no macs nothing new

Posted by BIGP in Texas on June 6, 2005 at 2:07 PM (CDT)

2

I love Apple (since 1984) but the hype, the backlog of product inventory that needs to be sold, the iPod “craze-phase” dwindling, and the Intel switch all spell for questionable times at Apple. Stockwise…???? Let’s just say I’m diversifying.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on June 6, 2005 at 2:10 PM (CDT)

3

I 4 one am very happy that nothing new was announced.  Now I do not have to covet another new ipod 5G/videopod, G6 or G5 laptop.

Posted by tetherah on June 6, 2005 at 3:08 PM (CDT)

4

Ha-ha…  So intel wins the powerpc/intel chip debate.  Tonight I will drink one for the fanboys!

-ps no troll intended.

Posted by __redruM in Gaithersburg, MD on June 6, 2005 at 3:15 PM (CDT)

5

I’m going back to Windows.

Posted by reserves on June 6, 2005 at 3:38 PM (CDT)

6

Seriously, over the past week reading the rubbish from some of the true believers (Leander Kahney, I’m talking about you!) about how the PPC->x86 switch *had* to be a fake-out was amusing. I mean, they were coming up with crazy explanations: “Intel is going to start making PPCs”, “It’s total crap”, “It’s a whole new chip”. When in reality Apple has been moving forward on this since 2003, when the first serious OSX binaries compiled for x86 were leaked.

Apple has always managed to get extra marketing momentum by selling a safe alternative vibe to people, telling them that they were “different” by not buying Intel. And superior. Whatever. Now Apple will just have to spend a little extra convincing people they are sticking it to “the man” by buying Apple. Just a little more.

Should have gone with AMD Opteron though… now those are some special chips. And with the shared memory hypertransport, much more akin to the PPC than Intel’s chips will be for years.

Posted by Demosthenes on June 6, 2005 at 4:12 PM (CDT)

7

So with the podcasts, will it cost money to subscribe to these podcasts?? I really hope not.

Posted by Ben K. in Kansas City, MO on June 6, 2005 at 4:28 PM (CDT)

8

Anyone know if they said when iTunes 4.9 was supposed to be released?

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on June 6, 2005 at 5:45 PM (CDT)

9

People forget just what WWDC is: a DEVELOPERS conference. Seriously, the Intel announcement is bigger than any Mac or iPod release anyway.

Also, if you watch the keynote on the Apple site, it appears that the podcasts are free. Steve Jobs subscribed to a couple of them and played each one immediately after. That was the biggest concern for me, and I’m glad (or I hope) that Apple decided to keep it free. I always hated iPodder (or whatever it’s called) anyway.

Fishes,
narco.

Posted by narco in Burbank on June 6, 2005 at 10:06 PM (CDT)

10

i’d love to see shots of the interface he showed for itunes 4.9

graphs schmaphs… show me the buttons! :)

tried to view the qtime of the speech, but errored out…

Posted by Puck in washington dc on June 6, 2005 at 11:34 PM (CDT)

11

“Jobs said…iPods…accounting for 76% market share of all music players.”

He means <u>Portable MP3</u> Players, right? Because there are a lot of music players out there, In Home CD/Tape/Record Players; In Car CD, Radio, Tape, DAT, MiniDisc players; Portable CD/Tape/Radio players; Boombox type portable radios, CD, Tape players.

There is no way iPods are 76% of all devices out there that can play music. Now Portable MP3 players, I can believe…

Posted by croooow in Fairfax, VA on June 7, 2005 at 9:59 AM (CDT)

12

“He said more than 430 million songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Music Store so far, and that it commands 82% of legal digital music sales”

Are there illegal sales of music files? I thought the illegal music was free.

Posted by croooow in Fairfax, VA on June 7, 2005 at 10:01 AM (CDT)

13

No and no. He means portable music players such as Creative, Iriver and Apple iPod etc. And he means legal tracks… how long have you been in your cave? lol.

Posted by louispavlo in Southampton, UK on June 7, 2005 at 11:04 AM (CDT)

14

I was kidding about the sales of illegal songs.

I do think he needed to specify “portable” and “digital” and not just say “All Music Players”

Posted by croooow in Fairfax, VA on June 7, 2005 at 11:15 AM (CDT)

15

Actually he could be referring to Allof MP3 which IMHO is illegal sales.  Although you pay for the music I doubt the artists receive any royalties.

Posted by orbojeff on June 7, 2005 at 11:29 AM (CDT)

16

Well, that wouldn’t be illegal sales (no laws are broken) Sales that result in the artist not receiving royalties may be immoral, but not illegal.

Posted by croooow in Fairfax, VA on June 7, 2005 at 12:39 PM (CDT)

17

Does anyone know what was the song they were playing in the apple retail video clip?

Posted by iPodlounger1 on June 7, 2005 at 12:40 PM (CDT)

18

I am pretty surprised Apple moved to Intel as well. Maybe they want to move closer to the PC platform so switching isn’t as big a deal? I don’t know. But now it seems that buying an Apple is no longer about a completely different computer, it is about a PC with the highest quality hardware and a different, more stable and secure OS. It kind of makes sense and kind of doesn’t.

Posted by jmaurand on June 7, 2005 at 6:47 PM (CDT)

19

iPodlounger1,
I believe that was the Rubberneckin’ Remix by Elvis.

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on June 8, 2005 at 12:25 AM (CDT)

20

The 76% figure is bogus even for MP3 players. I think that if Apple claimed 76% of hard-disk based MP3 players they could potentially be right (allthough that sounds high as well - Creative have sold enough HD-players alone to challenge those figures). If we are talking about ALL MP3-players, then it is totally bullship - tens of millions Flash-based players have been sold, and most new cellphones include MP3-functionality. Not to mention that almost all new CD and DVD players can play MP3-format CDs (and then it is per definition a MP3 player). So, Apple: Get real and drop the unlikely hype!

Posted by Karl H. on June 24, 2005 at 5:42 PM (CDT)

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