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Zunes Now Support Podcasts

Posted By Leo On October 3, 2007 @ 9:25 pm In Blog | 21 Comments

Zune.net | Home - Welcome to the Social.jpg [1]Microsoft has launched its new Zunes [2] and lo and behold they support podcasts! And there will be a firmware update to the old Zunes which will presumably add podcasts to the menu there too.

It’s about time! I’ve never been happier to have been proven wrong. (Just in case you’re keeping score I thought the word “podcast” would never appear on a Microsoft product.)


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21 Responses to “Zunes Now Support Podcasts”

  1. Tim Liebe on October 3rd, 2007 9:55 pm

    Leo – like I said on the TWiT board, that’s good to hear. :) I’m no MicroSquash fan by any stretch of the imagination – but I like the idea of wireless sync the new-gen Zunes are offering, and if there’s really no other difference between one and an iPod other than iTunes, then that’s all to the good b/c Apple could use the competition.

  2. Michael on October 3rd, 2007 10:44 pm

    I’m really excited that the new Zunes support podcasts now. This will really help all of the podcasters find a larger audience which is good for all of the tech savvy out there (maybe we won’t have to explain what a podcast is so often).

  3. Joe on October 3rd, 2007 11:22 pm

    Just when I thought the word “podcast” was out, Microsoft pulls it back in.

  4. drew on October 4th, 2007 5:55 am

    Nice to see some flexibility by them. Although I’m not a Vista fan, I’m stuck with it and I’d love to be able to switch to a music/podcast player that would allow me to ditch itunes with all the problems I have with it concerning vista.

  5. Larry on October 4th, 2007 7:47 am

    The new Zunes, and other non-Apple media players, might do better now that Apple has shed its hip image and repositioned itself as a stodgy anti-customer media and network services company. I expect to see Steve with note cards in January.

  6. Lubix on October 4th, 2007 7:52 am

    that zune is just about the ugliest product of 2007

  7. Jon on October 4th, 2007 8:59 am

    Wow…I would have thought they would have tried to Microsoft-brand it as a Zune-cast

  8. Ken on October 4th, 2007 9:09 am

    I was really disappointed when the new iPods could access the iTunes store wirelessly, I felt screwed by Microsoft, since they have had wireless built in since day 1. I swore to ditch my Zune (yes a brown one). I like the Zune MarketPlace because I can get all the teeny bopper music for the kids without having to buy it all the time, and then when their tastes changes next week, it was more economical for me. Now this wireless enabled stuff and the Podcast support…I am hoping for the best.
    I hope I don’t have to pay Paramount $1 to have access to podcasts.

  9. Steve James on October 4th, 2007 9:28 am

    Am I missing something or does WMP support podcasts now?

  10. Fredrik Gyllensten on October 4th, 2007 10:12 am

    Quote Micheal:” (maybe we won’t have to explain what a podcast is so often).”

    - Thats why we should use the name ‘show’, which is, in fact, what it is..

  11. Richard on October 4th, 2007 10:57 am

    Surely, they always supported podcasts as they are just mp3 files. Microsoft has just made it easier to get them on to the device?

    I suppose if they ever actually get released in the UK, I might look at one, but until they work with my iMac, it won’t be replacing my iPod.

  12. cru47 on October 4th, 2007 12:19 pm

    they look ok

  13. Richard Bitting on October 5th, 2007 3:21 pm

    NOW they decide to add podcast support. I still don’t get why Microsoft doesn’t rally all their assets together and integrate them as well as Apple does. Seems that it should be more of a portable media center extender AND drop the DRM for crying out loud. Audio and Video YOU record should be allowed to be used on a device much as you can any other archive method.

  14. loopy_nj on October 5th, 2007 4:48 pm

    That’s great. Now the ten people that own Zunes can listen to podcasts now. Let’s see, that’s Gates, Ballmer, Ballmer’s poor kids, and a few others.

  15. SgtGaToR on October 5th, 2007 7:08 pm

    Now that the Zunes do support podcasts plus the extra 50GB of storage, I think I’ll ditch my iPod. The main reason is I’m stationed overseas in Japan, and I have never had any fast downloads through iTunes. I mean it takes over a 24 hrs. to download a whole album, which is wierd because I have a fast cable connection.

    DRM really isn’t a big concern for me. All the DRM iTunes stuff I’ve bought I immediately burn to CD and rip to MP3. I’d do the same with any other DRM content.

  16. Ikon on October 6th, 2007 9:35 pm

    Ugliest product of 2007???? What??? I don’t get it. I think it looks quite alright.

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  18. Christopher kata on October 10th, 2007 5:37 am

    RE the latest TWIT regarding podcasts on the Zune – Microsoft FINALLY made the right choice by naming something with a term people are familiar with – Podcasts! Traditionaly MS has problems naming things like Live and Squirting. A podcast is a podcast and always will be a podcast. Apple overtime will lose control over that name just as did Elevator and Kleenex. Go MS! Power to the Zune – at least sometime in the distant future :)

  19. John Law on October 10th, 2007 11:04 am

    I have a zune, and I love it. I really am excited they are adding so many great features to it…I wish they would add a recording radio feature to it….so I could record shows from the FM I like but arent available via pod cast

  20. Shaymaa on October 15th, 2007 1:19 am

    They could’ve still called it “Netcast” … hmm, I guess now that they support it, I’m getting myself one.

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