Thanks to the new iTunes 4.9, you’re now able to find and download Podcasts with the ease of the rest of the iTunes software. For those unfamiliar with Podcasts, it’s a very simple concept that has been made overly complicated for some reason. I remember a few months back trying to find out what they were, the definition that I had found was extremely verbose and I didn’t understand it at all. Take the WikiPedia’s Entry for Podcast:
Podcasting, is a method of publishing files to the internet, often allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive new files automatically by subscription, usually at no cost. It first became popular in late 2004, used largely for audio files. While it is derived from the word for Apple Computer’s iPod audio player, it has no connection or requirement that an iPod is ever used. At the end of June 2005 Apple began including automatic podcasting subscriptions and downloads in its iTunes application and iPod players??something that had previously required third-party software.
In a nutshell, Podcasting is the ability to download an MP3 version of a pre-recorded audio show. Some of these shows can be popular broadcasts (ABCNews, NPR’s On the Media or All Things Considered, ESPN, etc..) others are just shows that someone records in their basement or living room and are [more or less] audio blogs. The new version of iTunes allows you to easily find and easily subscribe to these broadcasts to put them on your computer (or iPod) and listen to them at your convenience. When a new show arrives, it’s automatically downloaded to your iTunes and you’re alerted to it being updated. Great feature.
This morning I was poking around trying to find something to listen to on my way into work. I came across a broadcast called “LeShow” by Harry Shearer. The very same Harry Shearer that is the voice of Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders and other Simpsons characters. It’s a 40 minute “news” show where Harry discusses each news story and comments. Similar to a comedian’s opening monologue, but it’s about 40 minutes long. One of the weekly features on the show is a listing of corrections that publications have issued over the past week. They’re mostly random corrections like: “In yesterday’s Health section, all classes published as being held this week (with the exception of Yoga 101), are actually taking place next week.” or “Tonight’s Knitting class will not be held at 7:30 in Burlington, instead it will be at 6:15 in Oaksville.” Either way, they’re funny when heard on their own.
It makes me think that everyone should have their own corrections page. A place to publish corrections to things that you’ve said or done and were mistakes. For instance:
Correction: In a recent conversation with someone, I had mentioned that Santa Barabara was the “Homless Capital of the US” – having a higher homeless population than any other American City. In fact, the city is Santa Monica, not Santa Barbara.
So, I ask of you.. if you have something that you need corrected, please do not hesitate to add it to a comment in this post. Those of whom you’ve misled with this information would definitely appreciate an update with any corrections you may have.