iPod already takes you on a musical journey. Imagine where it could take you when paired with compelling content about the places you visit. Now that the perfect tour guide comes in handy pocket size, world-renowned institutions are taking note and making podcasts.
Available free on the iTunes Store, SFMOMA Artcasts provide an insiders take on the museum. More than mere tours, these Muse Award-winning Artcasts paint vivid audio portraits that extend the SFMOMA galleries beyond their physical space in San Francisco to art fans everywhere. Download the latest Artcast and hear Olafur Eliasson and visitors respond to his mind-expanding exhibition Take your time. While at SFMOMA, check out an iPod for just US$3 and enjoy in-depth, fully guided self-tours of not only Eliassons show but exhibits on other floors, as well Jeff Wall on 4, Joseph Cornell on 3 and SFMOMA Collection Highlights on 2. With iPod as your tour director, you can move at your own pace.
Chateau de Versailles
The Digital Grand Versailles Project brings Louis XIVs magnificent Versailles chateau and gardens into the iPod age with podibus audio and video podcasts featuring the Gardens of Versailles and Marie Antoinettes Trianon. Visit Versailles and you can check out an iPod pre-loaded with the tour or download the podcast via iTunes and sync it to your own iPod.
Frances first private castle, the château de Chenonceau, now offers an audio and video tour, designed by briq. Each room in the castle features its own commentary, so you can choose what you want to hear, when and where you want to hear it. Fascinated by a tapestry in The Bedchamber of the five Queens? Just click that room on your iPod. Explore the old keep and the remains of the medieval mill. Walk in the footsteps of Voltaire, Marivaux, Montesquieu, Buffon and Rousseau. Rediscover the renaissance and the Grand Siècle in this most magnificent setting. All thanks to the iPod tour guide in your pocket.
Jewish Museum Berlin
The landmark Jewish Museum in Berlin designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind offers more than 500,000 yearly visitors 80GB iPod classic audio guides programmed in eight different languages. This partnership with Acoustiguide, a world leader in audio and visual interpretations for museums, brings a fresh perspective to the most important intercultural museum in Germany.
Disney Cruise Line®
During the summer of 2007, Disney Cruise Line and Apple partnered together to make you a savvy traveller. Guests on Disneys Mediterranean cruises accessed exclusive, iPod-ready content like information on ports of call, travel tips, language guides and more. All through iTunes and all before even setting sail. Or once on board the cruise ship, concierge guests had the option of checking out a special Disney Cruise Line iPod, pre-loaded and ready to play. With more cruise content in the works, iPod is your passport to magic.
If your institution would like to use iPod as a tour guide, look no further than a Mac and GarageBand. A few easy-to-follow tutorials will have you producing people-pleasing podcasts in no time.
Download this PDF to learn how to use iPod to provide information in tour and teaching environments: iPod Notes Feature Guide