iTunes 4.9: Podcasts == Good, No convert to AAC == Bad

iTunes 4.9 with the new Podcast feature is great, and working well for me except for two things:

1) I don’t like the fact that it doesn’t have the option to automatically convert the downloaded files to bookmark-able AAC files like iPodderX does. This means you can’t “round trip” from iTunes and your iPod.

2) My Smart Playlists can’t reference the Podcast genre files downloaded within the Podcasts list while in iTunes, but they do work on my iPod. Very strange.

Shame, maybe the next version will have these features / fixes.