Apple rolls out dedicated podcasts app for iOS devices

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Podcasts lets users manage podcast content directly.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced Podcasts, a new application enabling iPhone and iPad users to manage podcast content directly on their device, bypassing direct downloads from the iTunes storefront.

Available for devices running iOS 5.1 or later, the free Podcasts app integrates hundreds of thousands of free audio and video programs spanning more than 40 languages--consumers may browse categories including arts, business, comedy, music, news and sports, or view the Top Charts feature to identify the most popular broadcasts. By tapping the Subscribe button, users will automatically receive new episodes of their favorite programs as they become available.   

Podcasts supports both live streaming and downloading for offline listening. Users may also sync content from iTunes on their Mac or PC to enable seamless transition between devices and share favorite episodes via Twitter, Messages and Mail.

Rumors of Apple's plans to launch a standalone podcasts-themed application first surfaced a few weeks ago, although most onlookers expected the app to roll out in conjunction with the new iOS 6 operating system update, due this fall. iOS 6 touts roughly 200 new features in all.

For more:
- read this 9to5Mac article

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