“Apple Computer Inc. shook up the nascent medium of podcasting in June when it began distributing amateur and professionally produced Internet radio shows through its iTunes Music Store. Now it has quietly added a new dimension to podcasting: video,” Nick Wingfield reports for The Wall Street Journal.
Wingfield writes, “The Cupertino, Calif., company is allowing podcasters to submit video programs, in addition to audio, to the iTunes podcasting directory, a guide to Internet radio shows from a variety of producers from political commentator Al Franken to ABC News to lesser-known media sources. The latest version of Apple’s iTunes software, released last week, allows users to subscribe to these video podcasts, just as they can with audio podcasts. When users subscribe to podcasts, iTunes automatically downloads the freshest shows when they become available.”
“An Apple spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment. It isn’t clear whether Apple included the video podcasting capability in earlier versions of iTunes, though the company didn’t publicize the feature if it did,” Wingfield writes.
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