February 03, 2008
ibiza — 'World's first MP3 player downloading podcasts without a computer'
The device, with 4GB of flash memory, employs WiFi to automatically grab new episodes of your favorites the moment they become available.
Besides being a computer, with all the wizardry Apple's packed into it?
Why would anyone buy an ibiza?
Be my guest if that's your preference: $229.
February 3, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink
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The schtick with this "ibiza" is that no action is required on the part of the user in order to listen to tracks accessed via podcast. They simply appear in your playlist, without having to sync it with a computer.
It's a distinction that I expect will be utterly lost on consumers. We all have computers. We're willing to click a little "download" link.
Posted by: Waldo Jaquith | Feb 3, 2008 10:56:16 PM
You can't DOWNLOAD podcasts, but you can grab the file through Safari and listen to it there.
I did this with both the Sound Medicine podcast today (Indiana-based NPR program...it is a great program and advised for anyone interested in these subjects)...and Neil Gaimen's A Study in Emerald (Sherlock Holmes meets Cthulu...I think...I haven't got past the first 10 minutes, so I may still be wrong! I've downloaded it over the web several times now).
The only downside is that once you've stopped listening, it is gone...but it does work...
Posted by: clifyt | Feb 3, 2008 9:40:27 PM
Nope, the iPod Touch will only get podcasts by synching with a desktop copy of iTunes. It can't get them over the air. The only exception to this is that you can buy tracks from the iTunes Music Store via a WiFi connection. But that's not really a podcast, given that the audio is not enclosed within or attached to an RSS or Atom feed.
Posted by: Waldo Jaquith | Feb 3, 2008 9:12:48 PM
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