"Some people think the iPod and iTunes are podcasting and
portable, digital music. Others chafe at the restrictions placed
upon the user by Apple. Count me among the latter.
"I do have an iPod. It cost some $300 about seven years go. I
don't know if I ever wrote my post about how I used to use it as a
backup drive, barely as a music/podcast player, until I removed its
protective rubber cover, let it get suitably scratched and then
used the hell out of it for a subsequent year.
"But ... I couldn't load it with files from any of my computers.
No, it was and still can only be updated from the iBook G4 on which
we run iTunes. I can't drop a music file or podcast onto it from my
iTunes installation on my Windows PC, from which I manage the
iTunes portion of the Daily News' growing number of podcasts."