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really slow podcast downloads?

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

  1. macrumors 6502

    #1
    is there a reason why its take me like 20 min to download a 17mb podcast?
     
  2. macrumors newbie

    #2
    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.

    Claire
     
  3. macrumors 6502

    clintob

    #3
    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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