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Apple criticized for RSS implementation in iTunes 4.9

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Mon July 4, 2005

iTunes RSS extensions

Apple is , which were released as part of iTunes 4.9 to support the new podcasting features. According to Tom's Hardware Guide, "leaders in the RSS community, including the standard's own creator, are taking Apple to task for developing an ill-advised DTD without seeking input and guidance from the community." Internet guru Dave Winer, has "chastised Apple for explicitly using the name of its technology, "itunes," within the DTD namespace. With this and other measures that appear, at least on the surface, to be part of an unsupported effort to make the iTunes DTD proprietary, and a podcast's inclusion in the iTunes catalog exclusive to Apple."

by MacNN Staff





  1. Rainy Day

    Joined: Dec 1969


    As the Apple Turns

    Don't you just love a good soap opera?

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    For crying out loud

    Is the aptly-named Winer, that losing, self-aggrandizing, obnoxious, bloated bag of hot wind ever, EVER going to STFU?

  1. Sebastien

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You mean

    the mac zealots?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Its a freakin' XML file

    Guess what dudes, you can make several feeds, one for iTunes, one for MS, one for some other app. That's the whole point of XML and DTDs, to allow people to have their own formats and be able to transform between them.

    Of course, Winer is still pissed off that Apple dared create AppleScript that went up against his own scripting language, so its hard to tell where he's coming from at any point in the world.

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So what will he say when Longhorn ships with RSS support built into the OS...?

  1. marianco

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The iTunes tags insure that the PodCast will play on the iPod. I would not want MS or Real content on PodCasts since they won't play on the iPod. They can have their own media designation. Content providers can support all three - they have to since MS and Real content are themselves proprietary.

    Yes, the whole point of XML is to come up with your own tags, which can be used by others.

    Stop whining, Winer! Apple took what was available and created a great way to integrate PodCasts with iTunes and iPods. If you want SoundCasts or some other form for distributed audio content, then use your own XML tags. That is fine.

  1. Wheat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    better criticizisms

    Ed Dumbill's blog has a more thoughtful set of criticisms of Apple's RSS extensions:

  1. diamondsw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft worked with RSS

    Nevermind that Microsoft actually worked with the community for its RSS extensions, and has had a very good relationship with them. Meanwhile Apple just does it's own thing - now why wouldn't you be upset at that?

    Since people don't seem to know (or care), yes, Dave Winer is a whiner, and has long posted pissy stuff over at "Userland" Frontier. However, he also CREATED RSS, so he's in a damn good position to complain.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's the big deal

    You can still download it directly from the sponsors website as an MP3 and burn it to a CD. No iPod, No iTunes. I use iTunes b/c it's convenient and I have an iPod; lots of people have iPods. I Apple gets out of hand, I can and will bypass Apple all together. No problem.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dave Whiner

    what's the difference between Dave Winer and a dirigible?

    One is a bloated gasbag... the other is a lighter-than-air vehicle.

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