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1.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

neostryder ,

Irreparably broken

I used to use this app every single day to listen to hours of my backlog of my favorite podcasts, then Apple suddenly switched directions and completely removed the ability for users to load and store old episodes of podcasts and manage them as they like. I spent countless hours trying to find a hidden feature to do what used to simply be the natural function of the app, when it was built into iTunes, but to no avail. My huge library of podcast content was simply lost to me. It was first scrambled by the broken Podcast app for macOS, so I could no longer access the files directly, then this app failed to support playback of the files I did have.

Archives of older episodes are often very difficult to come by, as many providers truncate the older files, or creators switch services and don’t bring their older episodes over to the new service. My years-old collection was lost. I ended up scouring the Internet to gather up as many of the raw MP3 files as I could find, and am awaiting someone to give me a way to organize and listen to them. Finally, recently, I discovered that iMazing may be a solution to load podcasts directly into this app manually, but my first attempt got some into my library, then they disappeared after I synced my phone again.

I just don’t understand they need to remove a core functionality from one of their apps that is used by so many people. :(

Old 86 ,

Did apple contract this app out?

How can Apple, on of the first companies to realize how important user interface is, make such a convoluted and confusing app. Is there really no way to auto play a season from beginning to end? Unless a que up the next episode when I finish an episodes the podcast app doesn’t play anything or starts the newest episode from a podcast I haven’t listened to in over a year. There isn’t even a “recently listed to” menu. I have to search for it every time and figure out what episode I’m on. It has also stopped keeping track of what episodes I have already played. So I put a bunch of episodes in que, this afternoon they dispersed and it started playing a podcast I subscribe to but don’t listen too. I suspect subscribing to the new podcast I want to listen to would fix some of this, but at least auto play the next episode of the podcast I’m whether I am subscribed to or not. I listen while working and sometimes I want to try a podcast before subscribing… I can’t be stopping every half hour to find the next episode if I forgot to air on up. Anyways, this app lacks a intuitive interface and takes to much effort to figure out. I will find another place to listen to podcasts… just hard to believe the company that made podcasts a thing can’t make a worthwhile app for them.

Older_Wiser_More_Cynical ,

Apple keeps the hot mess on the burner

If Apple is wanting Podcasts to be a best-in-class app, it is clear that they don’t actually know how to accomplish that. Interaction with Airplay 2 is buggy (speaking politely). Often, when playing through HomePods, streaming is handed off to the HomePods, which take the bit in their teeth and stop responding to the controls in the Podcasts app. Additionally, the Podcasts app seems to wind up completely out of the loop with no clue as to what is actually being played. Sometimes the app can’t seem to get a HomePod to start playing, though sometimes a workaround is to get Apple Music to get the HomePod started streaming then switching back to the Podcasts app. On another note, I have been used to selecting a podcast to play and actually hearing the podcast start laying before the currently playing display gets updated to show what is playing. I will add the caveat that this does not seem as bad under iOS 15 on an iPhone 13 than under iOS 14 on an iPhone X. If I were on the team developing the Podcasts app and looking to move to a job outside Apple, I don’t think I would mention that I worked on that team in case the hiring manager I was talking to actually used the app.

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