Podcasts

Podcasts

Editors' Rating:
2.5
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.2
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
September 19, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
iOS
Total Downloads:
482
Downloads Last Week:
4
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: The download button opens the iTunes App Store, where you may continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed with an active iTunes account in order to download and install the software. This download may not be available in some countries.

Editors' review

Podcasts have grown in popularity in recent years as smartphone use has exploded. Constantly-connected mobile devices that can not only download but also stream podcasts live from anywhere with a wireless signal make them more readily available than ever before -- so much so that Apple designed and released a dedicated Podcasts app in mid-2012. The app adheres to Apple's strict no-frills design policies and looks wonderful, but has some glaring problems that have still not been remedied after months in the App Store.

The Podcasts App is classic Apple. Open it and you're immediately shown tiles of each of the podcasts you are subscribed to, each with a notification signifying how many new episodes are available. Actively subscribe and the app can download those to your device as soon as they become available and send you an alert. Alerts and auto download are available on a per-podcast basis, which is great. The catalog is designed as a radio dial and separates audio and video podcasts. Without an actual search box, however, it's not easy to find any one podcast from within the app. Often you'll be sent to the iTunes store, which is still slow and buggy in delivering podcasts. This alone makes other podcast apps that offer all-in-one solutions more manageable.

Apple's Podcasts app is attractive, intuitive, and runs well when playing podcasts. Searching for new podcasts, deleting old episodes, and managing what you've listened to, however, is less user-friendly, not to mention the off and on crashing issues when streaming instead of playing a downloaded file. While this is much better than streaming off iTunes, there are still some issues that Apple has to address with this app.

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