Apple has only ever used its dominant position benevolently and benignly so far, and as the medium has diversified, Appleâ€™s role has shrunk. The last thing podcasters need is for Apple to increase its role and dominance.
And the last thing we all need is for the â€œdataâ€ economy to destroy another medium.
Being a podcaster myself I’m actually a data fan (was going to say a ‘big data fan’, but that would confuse things) and love analysing analytics to learn more about interactions and behaviours. So my natural tendency is to want more – especially with podcasting where the data available is definitely light. But in the scheme of things I’m persuaded heavily by Marco’s comments (and John Gruber’s).