Originally Posted by umgoblue2008
Does anyone know if the A820 series supports podcasts?
No, not per se.
You can tag the genre of individual files as podcast but that´s about it.
I have owned an 8gig touch myself and switched to classic + 818. I also own the SE 530 that I really like a lot so I can give you some 1st hand experience.
You will hear some benign hiss on the 818 when you turn on the player but during playback at 8-10 volume (out of 30) it won´t be audible. The touch is a rattlesnake with SE 530 in comparison. The touch is a cool device that will evolve into a great wifi platform but touch interface + snr, frequency response, and crosstalk don´t make it the prime choice for on the road audio enjoyment. The numbers are better for the iphone, btw.
I´d sell the touch and buy the 818 as prices of that will come down shortly.
I belief there will be a price cut for the touch shortly with the 8gb unit being phased out. In september the 2nd gen touch will be unveiled. I´d check back then. Hopefully it will sound like the classic.