By Apple (Apple Inc.)
Supported Devices :
iPad 2 Wifi
, iPad Wifi
, iPad 2 3G
, iPad 3G
, iPod Touch 4th Gen
, iPhone 4
, iPhone 3GS
, iPod Touch 3rd Gen
, iPad 4th Gen
, iPad Mini 4G
, iPhone 4S
, iPhone 5
, iPad 3rd Gen
, iPod Touch 5th Gen
, iPad Mini
, iPad 3rd Gen 4G
, iPad 4th Gen 4G
, iPhone 5C
, iPhone 5S
7/28/2014 | Version : 2.1.2 | Size : 13.2 MB
This update includes several improvements that make playing your favorite podcasts even easier:
Improved Episode Browsing
• Quickly find episodes you haven’t listened to in the new Unplayed tab
• Browse episodes that are available to download or stream in the Feed tab
• Save your favorite episodes to keep them offline
• Episodes can now be automatically deleted after you play them
• Tap on links that appear in podcast and episode descriptions to open them in Safari
• You can now ask Siri to play podcast episodes by simply saying “play podcasts”
• To play specific podcasts or stations, just ask Siri to play them by name, like “play TEDTalks”
• Please note that Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas.
• Podcasts now supports CarPlay
• Start playing a station right from the stations list — just tap the Play button next to the station name
• Share links to your favorite podcasts using AirDrop
This update also resolves playback issues after syncing with iTunes and improves stability while downloading podcasts. Stability has also been improved when upgrading and when interacting with certain podcast episodes.
4/24/2014 | Version : 2.0.2 | Size : 5.4 MB
This update resolves an issue where the 15-second skip buttons may not appear on the lock screen when used with iOS 7.1.
Use this version of Podcasts with iOS 7.1 and iTunes 11.1.5 or later to resolve issues with downloading and playing episodes after syncing with iTunes.
2/6/2014 | Version : 2.0.1 | Size : 5.4 MB
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
Introducing the 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
• Ask Siri to play specific shows or stations by name, like “play TEDTalks”
• 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
• Save your favorite episodes to keep them on your device
• Subscribe to podcasts that require authentication — just enter the podcast URL into Search in My Podcasts
• Share your favorite episodes with friends using AirDrop, 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
• iTunes 11.2 is recommended for syncing podcast episodes
• Syncing subscriptions, stations and play position using iCloud requires iTunes 11.2 or later and Apple TV Software 6.0 or later
• Streaming or downloading episodes requires Internet access over a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection
• iTunes playlist syncing is not compatible with iTunes Match
• Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas
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Comments and Ratings for Podcasts
NOTIFICATIONS AND DOWNLOAD (2.1.2)
7/27/2014 5:17:00 PM
2/5 By karmaticdreams
This app does not only send notifications to hey phone until I actually open the app, but it does not download the podcasts until the app is opened.
Apple's Worst App (2.1.2)
7/27/2014 4:37:00 PM
1/5 By TimmyBld
Crashes a lot!
Strive for mediocrity... (2.1.2)
7/27/2014 4:32:00 PM
4/5 By Atrnm
The app takes a bit to adjust the episodes to my liking. Needs to have a feature to set all the settings for the podcasts at one time. I listen to 45 different podcasts while traveling. App does not always update the downloads when they are availible. Apple can do much more with this app, but choose not to apparently.
Once again weirdness from the app (2.1.2)
7/27/2014 1:13:00 PM
1/5 By PilotDoug
I have a limited cellular data plan so I never want the app to download via cellular. The primary reason is apparent against today because I have it set to most recent two episodes for every podcast but this morning it appears to be downloading every single episode of all of my podcasts. My other number one complaint is that every single time I use the app a popup appears reminding me that cellular downloads are off and I have to ack it before I can do anything. I am exceptionally disappointed with this app and looking for a better one now. I would not recommend this app.
7/27/2014 5:47:00 AM
1/5 By Improvisar
Update 5/17/14: Thanks a pant-load. Thanks to the update it added the most recent episode not on the device as unplayed for each podcast. I'm hoping if I re-sync with iTunes it syncs the "played" status from iTunes, rather than the update-garbled data from the device. Apple, please let 3rd parties access synced podcasts and data... All this time since you forced us out of Music, and you still keep screwing it up.
Update: Will not reliably download podcasts, and what, now no updates unless we update to iOS 7? I've had an iPhone since the 3G, but every time I take a 6-12 month old iPhone and update a full version number, it almost ruins the phone... New version optimized for new phone, with little if any care given performance to prior models that are not only still in service, but still being sold. iOS 3 killed performance on my 3G, iOS 5 borked the camera on my 4 (it can take 30 seconds or more from shutter button click to actually taking the pic). SUPPORT YOUR HARDWARE! You product is great when it's brand new... Crap in 6-12 month when you're only focused on the new pretty. Please please please fix this crap for us, or let third parties access the iTunes sync data. The team working on this app needs to be replaced... It's been garbage since it started. It's had some improvements, but seriously, you still can't download an mp3 reliably???
If I thought it would be a good product if the bugs were worked out, I might say, "good Alpha release", but since when does Apple ship Alpha's? No more making fun of Google for always being in Beta. I think the only thing I actually like vs Music is the skip-ahead button... Too bad the response of the buttons is hit or miss. Would it perhaps improve response if you turned off the ridiculous reel-to-reel animation? I'll take that option, please. Funny how you changed the speed indicator to a turtle and a rabbit. I was hoping for a little more control, but at least it's not lying to me anymore ("2x" in Music is only 1.5x). I wish someone important at Apple liked Podcasts... If someone who "got it" saw something like this released to customers, heads would roll.
Still garbage. Current worst bug: more than half the time... Perhaps 65-75% of the time I finish listening to a podcast, as in I listen to the endpoint, and playback stops on it's own, within a minute or two the "played" podcast will revert to partially played, with a minute remaining. I doubt anyone at Apple is paying attention to this... Or heads would roll over the un-Apple quality displayed in this crap, but just in case, I'm usually listening at 2x, if that helps debugging. I'd still prefer you allow third parties access to the iTunes sync, and kill this crap so we can move on... I have more faith that Apple can get really good at cloud services than I am that this app will ever be good enough for a second star.
New low (2.1.2)
7/27/2014 3:12:00 AM
1/5 By Gujbcsjkmbvcxrhmmn
It doesn't even work . Is there a zero star to choose?
7/27/2014 12:27:00 AM
5/5 By Lithium Nitrate
Listen to JRE
I don't understand the negative reviews (2.1.2)
7/26/2014 10:25:00 PM
5/5 By Frank D. Tank
This app has worked flawlessly for me. I have about 6 different podcasts I listen to frequently and this app downloads them and then plays the new audio every time. I have never had a problem. Not sure what everyone else is dealing with but download this app if you want to listen to podcasts.
Caused lost space -needed to restore (2.1.2)
7/26/2014 9:51:00 PM
1/5 By Morac
Twice when using this app on different iOS devices (iPad 2 and iPhone 5S), deleting a podcast while podcasts were downloading caused "disk" space to go missing. I needed to restore both times to get the space back.
The interface of the app is fine and I like the way it syncs, but I'll never use it again because of the chance of needing to restore after using it.
I dread this becoming a built in app in iOS 8 because of that.
Other people are crazy. (2.1.2)
7/26/2014 5:54:00 PM
5/5 By Nebepicisawesome
This app works fine for me, absolutely no problems.
7/26/2014 1:44:00 PM
1/5 By jbrizzle92
This is just terrible lags won't let me listen to older cast
eh, ok... (2.1.2)
7/26/2014 11:11:00 AM
1/5 By xp22
You'd think Apple could put together something with more user control. I usually listen before I sleep. Why do i have to set the timer EVERY freaking time? That is what preferences are for.
7/26/2014 5:41:00 AM
1/5 By Southern One
Why doesn't Apple take into consideration these reviews. Relatively, fixing the kind if problems this app has can't be that difficult.
Horrible 💩👎wrote this a while go (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 10:56:00 PM
1/5 By 🙈Yikes
2014 update: I still hate this app!!!!
I miss the podcast app from me iTouch. This thing is awful. Not easy to download specific dates of the podcast you'd like to hear. 😵😵😵bad
Works great for me (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 10:06:00 PM
5/5 By nosliwmw
After reading some of the reviews I was a little worried about this app. Haven't had any problems. Easy to search and organize. Highly recommend.
Complete crap (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 9:52:00 PM
1/5 By ~Tony~
Can you actually update the app and make it work proper?! It constantly stops mid-podcast. Also it skips the podcast that I'm listening to and goes to the newest one. This is ridiculous because with each update nothing is ever fixed!!!
Update: Podcasts DO NOT play! Fix it!!! The app has and one and half star rating. Get the hint APPLE an get it together. It doesn't even warrant one star!!!
Just Awful (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 9:17:00 PM
1/5 By JTowne
I can't imagine what Apple was trying to fix with this new app, but it can't compare to the countless hours I have spent trying to get it to work as well as when podcasts were included in the music app.
Please update!!! (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 9:10:00 PM
3/5 By Mlee984
Theirs no place on the app if u look through and individual podcast. Then click the cloud button to download it. Theirs no place for it to be stored. It needs to have its own download section. The download section that's their only shows ones u can download that are new. Not ones u have downloaded from the past. Please update. Please.......
Barely usable (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 6:56:00 PM
1/5 By StephenB3C
I only write reviews when an app is incredible and I love it, or when it's so bad that I find it necessary to warn others. This podcast app from apple is a special, annoying kind of trash. It only downloads new podcasts when it feels like it, and deletes played ones only randomly even when I set it to delete ALL played episodes. I'm using an iPod, so this function is important to me. Also why the hell does it subscribe me to the 'Edward Daniels' and 'Power Players Radio' podcast ALL THE TIME. I unsubscribe and delete them everyday and they keep coming back! Please fix your app, Apple.
So bad that when I try to submit a review it fails (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 4:17:00 PM
1/5 By stubenbaines
All of the other negative reviews are spot on - crashing, forgetting position in files, not updated subscribed podcasts. Funny thing is that with each update the app gets worse not better.
Do far does nothing (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 3:28:00 PM
1/5 By Hsbxijendnfj
Um, I can't even get to the point where I could write a review. The "subscribe" button doesn't do anything for me. Can't subscribe, can't listen to anything, simply doesn't work at all. I love my phone and all, but seriously Apple should be ashamed if this app.
Great app (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 1:24:00 PM
5/5 By Apothic
I was using stitcher for a while but switched to this as my podcast app. The app works great. Just subscribe to the podcast of your choice and simply listen. It's simple to use and does what it's supposed to do. Ignore the 1 star reviews.
7/25/2014 8:07:00 AM
1/5 By Lee Creighton
Is there any option to this app? The fact that Apple knew it was terrible, then did nothing to fix it, makes me want to delete it.
Engineered to crash better (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 6:20:00 AM
1/5 By Ghaedi
I used to love this app. Then they updated it and ruined my entire life.
Superb App (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 3:22:00 AM
5/5 By n2itivguy
Not sure what all the fuss is about with this app*. If you don't want cloud syncing, turn it off. If you can't seem to get your podcasts to play in one of two basic ways - newest to oldest or oldest to newest - learn how to properly set up your feeds and stations. You can even get all of your Unplayed to play your podcasts in your order where each subscription will play oldest to newest before moving to the next subscribed podcast. This app is FABULOUS! It does everything I need and nothing more. Syncing works between my iPod, MacBook and all three of my Apple TVs since moving my iPod to *iOS 7. Thanks Apple for a great app! 😍
It keeps losing my subscribed podcast (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 2:45:00 AM
2/5 By Joshua W Malone
I subscribe to a podcast (John + Garnett on Games) and it keeps disappearing from my list of subscribed podcasts. What's going on?
Works perfect (2.1.2)
7/25/2014 2:02:00 AM
5/5 By Yearghh
Well it looks like there must have been some problems in the past with this app, but I have had no problems with it. In fact, it works perfectly and I'm very pleased. Amen and amen
7/25/2014 12:10:00 AM
1/5 By billys65isalive
Utterly useless. Downcast has worked seamlessly! Love it!!
Just really bad (2.1.2)
7/24/2014 8:23:00 PM
1/5 By PGAR
Why isn't this podcast app perfect? Get yourself together Apple.
It crashes. It freezes. It forgets. It's slow. It's confusing.
I need to listen to my podcasts. Make it a pleasurable experience.
This app is so bad (2.1.2)
7/24/2014 7:49:00 PM
1/5 By Chris M
it's confusing and disorienting I have no idea what's going on my podcast episodes aren't downloading my suggestion start from scratch with a better interface