Monday, October 31, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Features of iTunes

Think of a product, add the letter 'i' to the start of the name and add a zero to the end of the price tag and you've got Apples marketing strategy. Rich from Doncaster is a big fan iTunes, he has compiled his list of the best things that he likes about the software.:-

  • 10 - iMix
  • 9 - Album art
  • 8 - Search / Browse
  • 7 - Burn to CD and DVD
  • 6 - Basic editing
  • 5 - Firefox plug-in
  • 4 - Smart playlists
  • 3 - Podcasts
  • 2 - iPod compatibility
  • 1 - Music store

We would like to give a big thanks to Timothy Allan who has provided us with most of the music for today's show, visit http://timothyallan.com and check out his entire song archive. Timothy is a great musician who is embracing podcasting and supplies all his songs via an RSS feed as he releases them. If you'd like to support and encourage Tim for providing us with his tunes for the show then just drop him a quick hello using the details on his contact page.

Also mentioned in today's show is a campaign to get Microsoft to keep the Orange RSS / XML logo. They are asking the public what they think of some new icon designs for RSS in Internet Explorer 7 - head over to the Microsoft Developers Blog and show your support in keeping the standard RSS.

Last but not least, remember that it's the first of the month tomorrow so please show your support by voting for Top of the Pods at Podcast Alley.



16 comments:

Ross said...

How can you not use SmartPlaylists?? They are so useful for iPod owners who have a library larger than there iPod.

For example I have a "Music added in the last week that I havn't rated yet and isn't an audiobook or podcast." playlist. So if I listen to that one it's all new music etc. Smart playlists are very usefull.

Also you mentioned that the search funtion is slow....Erm I have just over 100gig of music and the search is always very fast. Maybe it's a PC thing slowing it down as it's rapid on my iMacG4.

As always the show is great! :)

Bazza said...

Like the new site design.

I use a smart playlist for singles, I use an album name "singles" and without a playlist you have to scroll down to 'S' in the album list.

I do like itunes, I have about 3300 songs in it now and the same on my ipod.

Music store is good, but there's almost no hardcore, which I listen to a lot. They need to add more audiobooks as well, a lot of my favourites are not listed.

Rob to add artwork to the podcast in itunes, you just need to add the itunes:image tag in the RSS feed code.

I was going to post an example, but it won't let me.

Top Of The Pods said...

So sorry everyone, Jon has the flu. I spoke to him earlier on, he can barely whisper, poor bloke. Not ideal when you are podcasting.

JH said...

Get well soon, Jon!

Grant - Three From Leith said...

Rob,

There's been some discussion of allofmp3.com on the Camel mailing list that I'm on over the last few days, and it seems that it's legally a bit shady. I'm sure that's all been discussed before so I won't go over old ground. However, what I will say is that there seems to be the impression that they're paying royalties for the sales to the bands; they're NOT. It's going into their pockets. According to Susan Hoover of Camel Productions, allofmp3 are selling Camel's music without their permission and they've never received a penny for it.

Possibly worth thinking about before you buy again. The UK MP3 sites may be expensive, but at least the artists are getting their share (even if it's not much).

Grant - Three From Leith said...

BTW boys - have you noticed that every time you're 'off air' for an extended period, your listener figures from Feedburner rocket way up ?!

Give it another few days and you'll be in the 1000's....

Anonymous said...

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If you listen to CDs on your PC...

Google News Search this: "Sony DRM Rootkit"

PH said...

libsyn.com outage for some reason.
Site graphics won't load, that is why it looks different around here.
Shows not available on libsyn either.
Hope it is temporary :-(.
Feedburner stats looking great though :-).

PH said...

Apparently they (libsyn) went out on October 24th/25th(?) due to Wilma (they have servers in Florida).

Timothy Allan said...

Hey guys, great show and I'm glad you liked my tunes enough to use them in the show! I've been getting some referrals from your site so extra thanks for the plug too ;)

Cheers,
Tim

Grant - Three From Leith said...

Here's the latest from libsyn: "We are having a DNS issue that may be out of our hands. We have contacted our registrar who responded that we may be affected by issues with some of their "core servers" that announce the IP address for our domain. We are working to resolve this issue and will keep you guys updated."

It has been up again since the 24th, as I've put a show up and been getting downloads etc.

Hope it comes up soon; I have shows to do !!

Grant - Three From Leith said...

Libsyn's back up (11.15pm UK time, 3rd Nov)

diane s said...

oh i feel left out! I have no ipod...& i can't make windows media player do what i want it to either..
feel better soon Jon... xx

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I'm a new listener (through itunes), and I'd just like to say, great show, keep it up.

Now a question. No 5 in the itunes list!! I can't find the extension to control itunes through Firefox anywhere and where are the show notes?

Nigel said...

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db8y said...

You mentioned allofmp3.com on the show. It is a great site. Don't know how long it will be up before they get fined, but until then, nice.

Not a lot of more indy-type music - but then for the price, who cares.