So Apple is apparently going after companies that use the terms “podcast” and “pod” (as it relates to podcasting) under the guise of trademark infringement. Sorry, but this doesn’t pass the smell test. “Podcast” was certainly inspired by the iPod, but it was genericized to imply “syndicated, auto-downloaded audio content” within its first year of use. I see Apple’s embrace of the vernacular when they integrated podcasts into the iTunes Music Store instead of calling them something like “iPodcasts” as an acceptance of this fact. Cool your jets, Apple lawyers.