Apple Adds Podcasts to iTunes
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday released its newest version of the popular iTunes digital music management software, which now includes the ability to download alternative audio shows called podcasts.
In a press release, Apple said version 4.9 of iTunes, the companion service to the popular iPod music player, will allow users to subscribe to over 3,000 free Podcasts and have each new episode automatically delivered over the Internet to their computer and iPod.
Podcasts, or sound files and audio content such as radio shows, have surged in popularity since late in 2004, and will work on any digital MP3 player. The phenomenon allows users to create and upload their own audio programs on the Web, which then can be downloaded to multimedia players at a later date.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and chief executive, last month said the company would soon support podcasts.
Separately, Apple said it would combine its iPod and iPod Photo lines, creating a single line of high-capacity music players that all feature color displays, with the ability to view photos on the screen.
Shares of Apple rose about 1 percent to $37.50 just after the Nasdaq opened.
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