View Full Version : really slow podcast downloads?

Nov 16, 2006, 09:43 PM
is there a reason why its take me like 20 min to download a 17mb podcast?

Nov 17, 2006, 12:49 AM
iTunes can be very slow in downloading large podcasts, especially if you're using your Internet connection for other purposes at the same time (web browsing, downloading other files, etc.). I sometimes go and have dinner while it's downloading podcasts.


Nov 17, 2006, 01:19 AM
There's a very good reason. Podcast downloads have nothing to do with iTunes. Podcasts are distributed through iTunes via RSS feeds, but they're hosted independantly. What this means, if you're not well-versed in web technology, is this...

When it comes to iTunes music, movies, TV shows, and anything else you pay for, the files that you download are stored on Apple-run servers and web hosts. They regulate those downloads to ensure they are fast and reliable.

Podcasts on the other hand, have nothing to do with Apple - they're submitted and hosted by individuals for free. This means if you want to have a podcast on iTunes, you have to host your own files someplace and merely tell Apple where they are so that people can download them.

Long story short - if you're experiencing slow download speeds with a podcast, it's the podcast creator's or host's fault, not Apples. Apple merely provides a common place to find podcasts. After that, they merely point you to where they're stored.