We've seen that iTunes 4.9 was released
with podcast support.I'd like to suggest something that could become an instant hit, especially with the teens... "Reverse Podcasts." That's a term I'm using to describe the ability of iPods to not just download podcasts and listen to them on the run, but to create
podcasts on the run and then upload them for others to hear.
Sort of like an audio SplashBlog, if you are familiar with that Palm app.
Someone would have to host the content, but could certainly put limits on space if necessary. They could even provide software to normalize the sound levels and do some simple editing. Better yet, provide access controls to allow some to be private. It could even support an online message community, with groups that are able to share audio messages, and if you really wanted to be a splash, offer transcription services so that the audio messages you create on your iPod are uploaded, transcribed, and the written form is now available either publicly to your group or maybe even for you to keep, say on your pda.
That does sound a lot more like something Google would do than Apple. But just simply allowing short "reverse podcasts" or even just recorded comments for existing podcasts, to be recorded and uploaded has a lot of potential in my mind.
Just put a microphone in the iPod and you pretty much have a ready made client, don't you? (In addition to all the other handheld devices that can record and store audio!)
What do you think? Will we eventually see something like this?