For some time, Apple has given the Designated Family Tech Support Personnel among us a small reprieve with its “Find out how” selection of tutorial videos. While they don’t really tackle inevitable questions like “was deleting ~/Library/Keychains a bad idea?,” they serve as succinct primers for The Way of the Mac and Apple’s various apps and services. Now, if your tech-blossoming family and friends prefer to gobble their media in a subscription format, Apple has finally created iTunes Store podcast channels for its “Find out how” series.
Organized by application, service, or topic, the nine “Find out how” podcasts that Apple has published so far cover MobileMe, iWork ’09, iWeb ’09, and of course, Mac Basics (search for “Apple find out how” to see them all). There are around ten to 20 episodes in each of these podcasts, though for some series it seems that not all episodes have made the transition from Apple’s site to their podcast counterpart. While the iMovie podcast has a few more episodes than Apple’s website, the Mac Basics podcast is short around ten or so episodes.
It’s nice to see Apple making these useful tutorials available in more ways, and hopefully future videos will continue to keep the attention of aspiring i-everything users. They may not make a dramatic dent in the number of family tech support hours that some of us clock, but every little bit certainly helps.