I’m looking around today trying to find some podcasts to ‘audition’ for a while to see if I like. Britcaster seems a good place to start as so many podcasts are US-centric, but then I find some places that are subbing their podcast feed to Apple – and only Apple. The other day I mentioned Odeo – I downloaded but did not install their 8meg file. But now I’m in the position where if I want a feed from Apple, and another from Odeo, I need to install both sets of software. Here’s a clue .. no frigging way. What’s next ? A Sony iPod beater (here’s one, and another) with Sony music also having such a ‘Podcast Shopfront’ ?
I thought RSS was going to be independent and free – doesn’t this move stop both those ? Fact is that it’s already been pointed that Apple are not playing by the RSS rules so this just makes what was getting odd into a complete mess. What next iRSS ?
I can see why people are submitting to these places – because of the lure, the want to get a higher profile (hey people, your bandwidth will cope won’t it ?) but by doing so they also cut off those people who choose not to install additional unwanted programs onto their machines. After all, if you install iPodder at least you can be confident that when it updates it is not going to cycle through your machine rendering ‘unapproved by Apple’ (or whatever) mp3’s unplayable.
I’m happy with FeedDemon to grab files, and Winamp or my mp3 player to play them. I can click a download link, I’m perfectly capable of managing the files in the download folder and I can upload them into my player just fine too. I don’t need or want or will ever use some chunky program which because it has to have firewall permissions I can’t trust not to update and screw around with what I have. Equally, I cannot trust it not to spy on my activities in some way. All I want is to be able to find and grab some podcasts without having to go near some corporate site. And no it’s not a pop at just Apple – ANY big company doing this does not have any altruistic motives. What will Apple do ? Create the market, be known as “the place to be for podcasts” and then start introducing ads / conditions / costs and as there will be nowhere else for people to go, people will fall into line. Microsoft should beat Apple simply by doing this above board, transparent and free.
Back to searching independent directories…