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iTunes 4.9 is here with Podcasting support

Michael Gartenberg accurately spots the importance of iTunes 4.9 and the associated iPod update:

But there’s more. Apple also tweaked the firmware in all the iPod so there’s no a separate podcasting category, which means podcasts won’t get shuffled with my music and will support bookmarks so I can listen to podcasts and resume where I left off. So it’s not just the premier podcast PC client, the iPod itself is now first among devices with integrated podcast support. Combine this news and the new pricing and the integration of iPod photo into the core white iPod line and you see why Apple remains the player to beat in this space. [Michael Gartenberg]

Every time Apple updates the iPod and iTunes, it moves further away from the competition. Add in a subscription download service, and Apple would be so far ahead of the rest that I doubt they’d ever be able to catch up.

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