Avanquest Software has announced several new iPod software products.

The software applications include the $49.95 WebPodStudio and the $29.95 PodPresenter. They'll be available in US retail stores this week and are designed to be compatible with fifth-generation video iPods. WebPodStudio helps build podcasts, and incorporates RSS support to maintain and create feeds, while PodPresenter lets users run iPods as PowerPoint graphics presentation devices.

Other applications in the series are due out in North America over the next few weeks, with worldwide release set for the second quarter.

Bob Lang, president of Avanquest, said: "We're working with retailers to add software to areas of their stores where they typically are putting only the hardware accessories for the iPods." The small developers that Avanquest works with would not have the clout to engage the big retail stores at that level, Lang noted.

Avanquest will be shipping more iPod applications by the first week of March:

The $39.95 iPocketBible, developed by Laridian, provides text and an audio recording of the New Living Translation of the Bible.

For fifth-generation video iPods, the $29.95 PodMediaCreator is designed to be a media-editing centre for iPods, while DVD2POD is a DVD and movie file conversion program.

System specifics and UK pricing information are unavailable at present.