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Thursday, July 05, 2007

iPhone observation: Podcast support

Apple can and should be credited with jumpstarting the podcast craze by adding decent podcast support to iTunes and the iPod, and this support carries across, for the most part, on the iPhone. Sadly, because the iTunes application only supports five main buttons--Playlists, Artists, Songs, Videos, and More by default, you have to hop into the "More ghetto" to access your podcasts. Things work as expected with one huge exception: Video podcasts only play back audio when accessed through the Podcasts list. (Flip the screen, and you'll see album art in Cover Flow view, as you would for a music file.) If you actually want to see the video, you need to access them through the Videos list. Seems like a curious omission. (To be fair, this is what happens on the iPod too: There, you have to access video podcasts through the Video Podcasts sub-menu under Video.)

Tip: Thankfully, you can configure the first four buttons in the iTunes application, so I've replaced Songs with Podcasts, as I will use that more frequently.

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