Apple has released an updater for iPod.

The iPod Software 1.2 updater introduces support for spoken-word content from

It also adds support for iTunes3 Sound Check – a feature that automatically adjusts for drastic differences in volume between different songs. This feature intends to create a more consistent listening experience, compensating for the fact that different tracks may be mastered at differing volume levels.

The update adds new menus to existing iPods, permitting searches by Genre and Composer. This supplements iPod's ability to search by Artist, Album and Song titles.

Support for Apple's soon-to-be-released iCal application is also implemented by the release, with the iPod gaining an alarm function.

The update's available for download here.