Download Wireless Podcasts to the iPhone?

Even though I don’t own an iPhone, I’m a proud owner of an iPod Touch (My number piece of technology) 🙂

Despite the innovations the iPhone has brought to the technological scene, there’s always been simple features the iPhone/iPod Touch lacked.

One thing I expected from the iTunes app was the ability to download Podcasts. I recently read an article stating that Apple plans to add wireless podcast downloads to the iPhone! Hopefully, music videos, television shows, and movies will be next 😉 This podcast download feature will likely be released with the iPhone OS version 2.2 included with other features that have yet to be unveiled; I can’t until it comes out *sarcasm*.

I have to admit that I am a jailbreak user, and each time an update comes out you end up having to re-jailbreak which is a pain since you lose all your third-party apps and settings. Sometimes re-jailbreaking may go wrong; This happened to me two different times and I had to restore my iPod. All my data was deleted but good thing I backed up my music. Apple can take their time in releasing this update.

I’m happy with my touch as is because recently there has been an essential tool released that makes the iPhone/Touch more worthwhile (I won’t mention what it is ;)). It’s sad how Apple limited the capabilities of the iPhone, gradually extending it. But with jailbreaking and the use of third-party applications the capabilities of the iPhone are virtually limitless!

Here’s an article from News.CNET.com:

Apple adding wireless podcast downloads to iPhone?

Posted by Tom Krazit

Apple appears set to turn on over-the-air podcast downloads with the next version of the iPhone software, making it much clearer why it rejected a third-party application that did the same thing.

A German blog called Flo’s Weblog has published screenshots purportedly from the next release of Apple’s iPhone OS, version 2.2. One of the new features in that software, along with additions like Google Street View, will allow iPhone or iPod Touch users to download podcasts directly to their devices without having to connect the device to their computers and go through iTunes.

Sound familiar? That was the same feature offered by an iPhone application called Podcaster that was rejected from the App Store to much handwringing from the iPhone development community. Apple told the developer that the application duplicated a function found in iTunes, but at that time, iTunes wasn’t able to send podcasts directly to a device over the air.

Looks like that is about to change relatively soon. The rejection of Podcaster was one of the primary examples of the grumbling over Apple’s policies for iPhone application development. Apple holds veto power over any application destined for the iPhone, and while there are quality control and security issues that help justify that stance, it also allows the company to kill any application that duplicates something it has on a future road map.

And since Apple is unlikely to start sharing its iPhone software road map with the development community–when it hasn’t even clarified exactly what the rules are for the App Store–developers who spend weeks or months adding a feature to the iPhone don’t always know if they’ve been wasting their time. Not to mention the possibility that they could face the added insult of watching Apple roll out the same feature a few months later.

Over-the-air podcast downloads look set to arrive with the release of iPhone OS X 2.2.

(Credit: Flo’s Weblog)

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2 Responses to Download Wireless Podcasts to the iPhone?

  1. Benudhar Majhi November 7, 2008 at 12:41 pm #

    Yeah! Nice article…but iphone still lacks many features compared to nokia n96. But iphone still creates a buzz in market bcoz of its good repo. Anyways lets c wht happens.

  2. umbultech November 10, 2008 at 2:03 pm #

    Great information…thanks