I Love the Podcast Subscription Feature of the Zune

Last year, when I interviewed for the job I have now at Microsoft, I had an initial tech screening with my now-colleague Architect Evangelist, Jit Ghosh.  After answering all of his questions, he asked if I had any questions for him and I did.  This was just after the first wave of Zunes came out to a less-than phenomenal launch.  I asked him to "evangelize the Zune".  He answered by talking about the platform and technical underpinnings of the device but admitted that it would be difficult.  Now that I have one of the devices (a second generation 8GB one), I am getting real delight out of it and would have no problem at all talking about its merits.  Let me tell you about just one feature, podcasts:

Being a big fan of public radio, I love the podcast feature of my new Zune.  I have subscribed to a number of podcasts in the Zune Marketplace, including Selected Shorts (short stories), On the Media, Science Friday, and Garrison Keillor:


The cool thing about subscribing to podcasts with the Zune is that you can configure it to subscribe the newest episodes and remove older episodes that you've already listened to:

Podcast Series Settings

The Zune software automatically manages the downloading and synchronizing and As soon as I hook the device back up to my computer, It downloads the latest podcasts, and removes the ones I've already listened to.  I just listened to "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" on Selected Shorts and I loved it.  You can find it on the Paws and Claws podcast on the Selected Shorts Podcast Series in the Zune Marketplace.  And its free!

Automatic Synching

Comments (1)

  1. Rod says:

    This feature has been available with the iPod & iTunes for quite some time now.  I looked into a Zune a couple of weeks ago but found that their weren’t too many accessories.

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