New iPod Touch firmware allows over-the-air podcast downloads, but…

The new firmware (ok, its been out a few weeks) for the iPod Touch (and I presume the iPhone), allows one to download podcasts over the air – i.e. no need to sync with iTunes any longer, you can do it over the 3G network (on an iPhone) or the WiFi network (on an iPod Touch). Preetam was right when he said podcasts are really going to rule now.

I got the update, it took hours (some 200+MB took hours on a DSL connection), and was all excited, till I saw the following:


iTunes not available in your country

The iTunes Store is not supported in this country. What an amusing message. The AppStore definitely is. And podcasts are free – are there paid podcasts that I don’t know about?

I filed rdar://6443514, in disgust.

  • Preetam Rai

    This is a side effect of you needing to change your store address to an US one when you want to access podcasts. I created an US itunes store address on my mac itunes. I synced the iphone to it and then I was able to download podcasts.

    • Joe

      I’ve done the same thing – but oddly I still get the “not available in your country” message. Somehow I worked out that I can get through by repeatedly retrying… usually works after about the 10th try (it’s never consistent)

      I’m totally outraged that I have to jump through hoops to listen to free podcasts on my iphone. Why is Apple arbitrarily crippling the iphone for those in less-favored nations!? Podcasts are the reason I bought the iphone in the first place.

  • alma

    and now 16/07/2009 and with 3.0 changed nothing… FU Apple

  • Joe

    I've done the same thing – but oddly I still get the “not available in your country” message. Somehow I worked out that I can get through by repeatedly retrying… usually works after about the 10th try (it's never consistent)

    I'm totally outraged that I have to jump through hoops to listen to free podcasts on my iphone. Why is Apple arbitrarily crippling the iphone for those in less-favored nations!? Podcasts are the reason I bought the iphone in the first place.


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