6/21/2006 11:10:00 AM
Nokia opens to podcasts
Nokia has released an application for the N91 and other series 60 devices that allows podcasts to be downloaded on the go.
The application is available free from the Nokia website. While it has always been possible to transfer downloaded podcasts to phones from a computer, the new application enables users to browse and download audio and video content direct to their phones.
The application lets users preview tracks being downloaded, can manage multiple downloads and add comments to blogs or websites.
The application signals Nokia's ongoing commitment to retake the lead in the musicphone market. While it runs on all Series 60 3rd edition devices the manufacturer is keen to associate it with the N91 musicphone, hoping that attracting the sizeable podcasting community will help it steal a march on its rivals.
Podcasting refers to pre-recorded video or audio programming that is downloaded and played back on a portable media device. The phenomenon was popularised by Apple and the iPod. Many high profile newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs now produce podcasts on a regular basis and make them available for free download.