Posted at 1:24 PM on September 27, 2006
by Ben Tesch
Major League pulls podcasts from iTunes
Major League Baseball's internet arm has withdrawn podcast clips of baseball games from Apple's iTunes Music Store to increase its control over how games are displayed online.
As Grant Robertson puts it, MLB is "upset about being placed in with the riff raff (otherwise known as fan podcasts about baseball), MLB has decided to pull its podcast from iTunes, forcing fans to resubscribe through its own MLB.com. Pundits are quiping that the move shows the unease that some digital content providers have with Apple's growing digital media presence, and that may be so. This dispute however, boils down to MLB throwing around lots of weight, as it's accustomed to..."
i'd be upset about being filed with fan podcasts, too. On the other hand, the MLB dailiy highlights podcast is awful, unless one thinks the only interesting part of baseball is the home run and enjoys hearing a host explain that the batter has "brought his lumber" every five seconds.
Jeez, next they'll try to keep fans from using stats for fantasy baseball. Oh, wait, they already did that.