Ever since the Taiwan quake, I've been having problems downloading podcasts via the iTunes Store. Even after Internet connections were supposedly back to normal, I still experienced slow download speeds. Only for the iTunes Store though, everything else seemed back to normal. At first, I thought my home connection was the culprit, I'm on PLDT myDSL. The weird thing is, I can usually download at normal speeds when I go to hotspots, even those that are also using PLDT's DSL service. For now, I had to resort to using Xcast. It's an awesome free podcatcher (and RSS reader) and integrates really well with iTunes. For those having a difficult time downloading podcasts via the iTunes Store, I highly recommend installing it. Be sure to watch the screencast at the web site. It'll show you how to set it up properly and easily import your podcast feeds from iTunes. It works flawlessly! I'm downloading all the podcasts at normal speeds again from my home connection. I'm still trying to find out where the actual problem is. Must be something with iTunes because Xcast is using the exact same podcast feeds I had in iTunes. Any ideas?