really slow podcast downloads?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by jTreu, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2006
    is there a reason why its take me like 20 min to download a 17mb podcast?
  2. macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2005
    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.

  3. macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2006
    New York, NY
    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.

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