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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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.2

Podcasts 2.2 includes a number of minor performance improvements and adds support for iOS 8.

General

Publisher Apple
Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
Release Date September 19, 2014
Date Added September 19, 2014
Version 2.2

Category

Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Streaming Audio Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size Not Available
File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 721
Downloads Last Week 1

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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