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Introducing the all-new Podcasts app, an amazing way to discover, subscribe to, and play your favorite podcasts. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts in the Featured tab, or browse Top Charts to see what's hot right now. Add your favorite podcasts to personal stations that stay up to date when new episodes become available. You can sync playlists from iTunes, or create an On-The-Go playlist to play just the episodes you want. iCloud keeps your subscriptions, stations, and play position in sync across all your devices, computers, and Apple TV.
• Explore hundreds of thousands of free podcasts on a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more
• Tap Subscribe for your favorites and automatically get new episodes for free as they become available
• Browse by audio or video podcasts, or see what's most popular in Top Charts
• Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app
• Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
• Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
• Adjust the playback speed of your audio or video podcasts
• Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
• Enjoy your favorite podcasts on your TV with AirPlay and Apple TV
• Create custom stations of your favorite podcasts that update automatically when new episodes become available
• Use the On-The-Go playlist to play just the episodes you want
• Choose to download new episodes automatically when they become available, even when the app is not open
• Subscribe to podcasts that require authentication — just enter the podcast URL into Search in My Podcasts
• Share your favorite episodes with friends using Facebook, Twitter, Messages, and Mail
• Optionally sync episodes and playlists from iTunes on your Mac or PC
• iCloud remembers your place in an episode, your subscriptions, and your stations and keeps them up to date on your devices, Mac, PC, and Apple TV
• Requires a device with iOS 7 or later
• Optionally syncing episodes requires iTunes 10.6.3 or later
• Syncing subscriptions, stations, and play position using iCloud requires iTunes 11.1 or later and Apple TV Software 6.0 or later
• Streaming or downloading episodes requires Internet access over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection
• iTunes playlist syncing is not compatible with iTunes Match
What's New in Version 2.0.1
This version of Podcasts includes the following improvements:
• You can now pull to refresh subscriptions in My Podcasts
• Resolved an issue that may cause playback to stop unexpectedly
• Fixed a problem where subscriptions may stop updating with new episodes
• Includes additional improvements to overall stability
I don’t want to use my limited cellular data allotment to download Podcasts, so I don’t let this app use cellular data (set in the Settings app). So every time I open this app I get a dialog box telling me I have cellular data turned off. I know that. The app knows that. Don’t tell me every single time I just want to switch to a different Podcast.
This is most annoying while driving. I get to the end of a podcast, and want to quickly switch to a different show, but no, the app must stop everything, and force me to dismiss a dialog box before letting me switch podcasts.
Now the app has developed a further problem. It scrambles its internal database. The app will tell me all my podcasts are not available. I have to delete the app, and download a fresh copy from the App Store to get my podcasts back. All the data is still on the iPhone, as the podcasts are all there immediately, before the app could possibly download that much data.
Way back in the beta version of this app, the app would remember what speed I like to listen to various podcasts. If I listened to one cast at 2x speed, but another at 1x speed, the app would play the next episode for that show at the same speed. Now the app has the speed setting as a global setting. If I speed up one podcast, that speed setting stays even when I switch shows. Bring back per podcast show speed settings.
Apple, you can do better.
A Step Backwards
Podcasts are one of the main things I use my iPhone for. Unfortunately, this app is a huge step backwards in terms of functionality from the Music app. It's very disappointing to see Apple remove features from the iOS Music app and fail to port all of those features to the replacement app.
A few of the biggest issues are:
- Syncing with iTunes is still confusing and/or buggy
- Back/forward buttons don't work to change chapters in a podcast (what they SHOULD do), but do let you accidentally skip back to the beginning of a podcast (what they should NOT do)
- Time scrubber is hidden behind the album art, requiring an extra tap to get to it
Hopefully Apple will fix these issues at some point. However, based on their track record since the app was released, I'm beginning to doubt that anyone there really cares about Podcasts anymore.
A few other things that should really be done:
- Allow automatic sorting of podcasts in alphabetical order on the main page
- Allow hiding of podcasts that currently have no episodes available/downloaded
Apple has recently released another update, and once again has managed to make it even worse than it was before. Podcasts no longer delete properly from a feed, so once you've listened to a podcast and delete it, it will keep popping up in the list to bother you over and over again.
No wonder I haven’t listened to podcasts lately.
Listening to podcasts you’ve subscribed to should be easy. Select a subscription, maybe choose a specific episode, and play.
I cannot tell you how many times the podcasts stopped while I was listening. Wake up the iPhone, press play on the lock screen, and then the whole thing disappears, forcing me to unlock the iPhone and press play. But first, I have to dismiss the dialogs telling me that it couldn’t download something. It didn’t tell me which episodes it couldn’t download. But there were always two dialogs to dismiss.
Every time an episode was over, I had to go in to tell it to play the next one.
Even at home on WiFi, I’m getting errors about downloading episodes. I was hoping to “stock up” for my next outing, but that may not happen.
It’s still telling me it couldn’t download episodes that I did manage to listen to.
There have been a number of times it seems to have temporarily locked up my iPhone 4. After a few seconds, it comes back, but the iPhone is completely unresponsive in the meantime.
The target to download (the cloud icon) is too easy to miss, causing the episode to play instead of download.
Supposedly this syncs with the episodes in the iTunes app on my Mac, but when I returned to iTunes, the episodes were still marked as unplayed.
Apple does a lot of things right. This isn’t one of them.
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- Category: Entertainment
- Updated: Jan 23, 2014
- Version: 2.0.1
- Size: 5.6 MB
- Languages: English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Seller: Apple Inc.
- © 2014 Apple Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.