Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s special edition, I look at the impending launch of the Apple iPad tablet. So far, reviews have been mainly positive, though there are some caveats about the missing features (Flash support, camera, USB, etc.). Media companies are falling over themselves to create apps, including paid apps, but no one knows how many will be downloaded and paid for over the next few months. Plus, I ask Just One Question to PC Magazine reviewer Tim Gideon about his biggest surprise while using the iPad.

Check it out:

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Listen to my entire interview with Tim Gideon:

Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Apple iPad Review – Laptop Killer? Pretty Close at AllThingsD

Apple iPad review in PC Magazine

Apple iPad hands-on review at CNET

Being the biggest beast on the planet of the apps is what will bring success at Times Online

Why The iPad Is A Hit at MediaShift

We Have Seen The Amazing Future Of Apple’s iPad And This Is It at Silicon Alley Insider

Hold the iPad opinions ‘til you’ve used one, please at Computerworld

The Best iPad Apps at Launch at TechCrunch

Doing the iPad Math – Utility + Price + Desire at NY Times

New York Times prominent among media iPad apps at CNET

More new Apple iPad apps – BBC, Dragon Dictation, Pandora at USA Today

Apple iPad’s iBooks vs Amazon’s Kindle at PC World

Check out some of the write-in answers of our recent poll asking people to fill in the blank in this sentence: “The iPad will ___ the media industry.”

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Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you would pay for iPad apps:

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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