Apple iphone/itouch firmware 2.2
I have been toying around with the new 2.2 firmware for my ipod touch (2nd Gen). I had been really excited to check out the new podcast features in the itunes app, but alas, its not as good as I had hoped. It turns out that the new podcasting features of the itunes app are independant of your itunes configuration. So you might have a list of podcasts you are already subscribed to in itunes, but none of them show up on the touch. Podcasts (a new menu item in the itunes app on the iphone/touch) are indepednant of what you have in itunes. While this new functionality is still cool, it would have been nice to import my itunes podcasts as those are the ones I want to update anyway. This new functionality has little use to me, but is still neat if you aren’t already using itunes to manage your podcast subscriptions.
I have also been having an issue with wifi connecting to WPA protected APs, basically I would have to turn my wifi option on and then off and then back on again in order to get it to connect to any wireless. Hopefully this new firmware will address that issue as well.
It turns out there is a way to download new episodes of your podcasts from the touch (using your existing subscriptions and not the built-in separate podcast client on the iphone/touch). When you go into your podcasts and view the details of them, there is a new option as you scroll down to “Get more episodes”. So even though itunes and the podcast client on the touch are two separate things, you can at least download new episodes of your current subscriptions. I was confused since my subscriptions weren’t under the podcast menu button at the bottom. You have to go into the podcasts you have synched on your iphone/touch as if you were going to listen to one, scroll down and there you will see how to download more content right from the touch.