Apple's 'Podcasts' App Crashing on Launch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's Podcasts app appears to be malfunctioning for many users, crashing directly after being launched on both devices running iOS 7.1.1 and devices running iOS 8 beta 2. Multiple reports of the crashes have surfaced on Twitter, and MacRumors' own testing also revealed the same crashing-after-launch issue.

    While the app will temporarily open after being tapped, it closes automatically just seconds later. The Podcasts app was last updated to version 2.1.2 with minor bug fixes on May 29, so it is unclear what is causing the app to crash.

    Podcasts is one of Apple's most poorly rated apps and has been widely criticized for performance issues, with users complaining about syncing problems, podcasts being deleted, and more. Apple attempted to resolve some of these issues with Podcasts version 2.1, which introduced improved episode browsing, Siri integration, and syncing fixes, but the app continues to have a two star rating in the App Store.

    As of iOS 8 beta 2, Podcasts is a default iOS app that comes pre-installed on iOS devices, meaning it can no longer be deleted. This change is expected to make its way into the public release of iOS 8, coming later this year.

    The crashing issue appears to have begun this morning and it is unknown when a fix might be available.

    Update 2:30 PM PT: Some users have had success turning on Airplane Mode and then opening the Podcasts app. This prevents it from crashing, and the app appears to stay open for some users after Airplane Mode is turned off, allowing it to function normally.

    Update 10:00 PM PT: Users are now reporting that the Podcasts app is functioning normally once again.

    Update 7/1 11:00 AM PT: The Podcasts app appears to be experiencing crashing issues once more, but the Airplane Mode fix continues to work for some users.

    Article Link: Apple's 'Podcasts' App Crashing on Launch
  2. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    This has been going on for quite some time now. I am running the newest version of iOS.

    Wonder what it could be?
  3. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
  4. SMIDG3T Suspended


    Apr 29, 2012
    It's simple.

    On 7.1.1, it's not acceptable.

    On iOS 8, it is because it's a BETA.
  5. CFreymarc Suspended

    Sep 4, 2009
  6. QCassidy352, Jun 26, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 26, 2014

    QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Podcasts crashed the first two times I tried to open it today but stayed open after that.

    Generally, I don't know why it's so poorly rated. It's simple but does everything I want in a podcast app.
  7. taheca macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2012
    Oh thank gosh.. seriously I thought I was going crazy earlier. Thanks for having this on the frontpage MacRumors.
  8. ChazSch macrumors 6502


    May 7, 2014
    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    I can confirm mine crashes too...but then again, I never use it
  9. ignusfast macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2014
    What a piece of ****. Amazing that Apple took a perfectly good podcasting application and thoroughly broke it just to add all the sync garbage.

    Podcasting still works perfectly... On my several-year-old Nano.

    So sad.
  10. Zxxv macrumors 68030

    Nov 13, 2011
  11. taheca macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2012
    anyone have any recommendations for another podcast app?
  12. nhowitz macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2014
    Glad to see you guys finally talking about the suckiness of the Podcasts app. I got so frustrated with it that I actually emailed Tim Cook about it. I ended up getting a reply from the iTunes product manager. I emailed with him a few times over about 6 months telling him what was wrong with the app and how it seemed like it was made by people that don't actually use podcasts. The latest changes they made seemed to address most of my issues, but stability has always been a huge problem with this app.
  13. Bahamut Eos macrumors member

    Bahamut Eos

    Mar 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    It's happening to me. After I restart a few times, it starts working again for a while.

    It's always been a little buggy to me, but it's been getting better with updates, both interface, syncing, etc. But today it's being extremely ornery.

    I thought I was the only one having the problem, I'm a little glad it's a mass issue so it gets attention faster.
  14. MJedi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2010
    This literally happened to me an hour ago. :eek:

    I thought it was being caused by the podcast I was listening to. I was able to stop the crashes by choosing another podcast quickly. But the crashing started happening again.

    I was getting a prompt to enter my iTunes account password whenever I opened the Podcast app, and then the crashing started.
  15. remcoy macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2006
    seems to be issue with sync server

    The crash occurs a couple seconds after the app is launched, just as it starts to sync.

    I doesn't crash if the phone is in Airplane mode..
  16. frikova macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    I'm on iOS 7.1.1, iPhone 5s and latest Podcast app and it is working without problems.

    Also, I don't know why people keeps hating this app, it has been getting better and now it is quite good.
  17. profets macrumors 68040

    Mar 18, 2009
    I was experiencing the same thing on beta 2 just an hour ago. Rebooting the phone fixed it.
  18. Populism macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2014
    I read a lot of criticism of Apple's Podcasts app. It more than meets my needs. Then again, they won me over with the 15 second skip. I guess I'm an easy date.
  19. jbachandouris macrumors 68040


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
  20. dumastudetto macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2013
    I haven't experienced a single crash with the Podcasts app. It's rock solid. Could it be happening only on jailbroken devices?
  21. marf1million macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2013
    Working fine for me here on iPad Air and iPhone 5s, both on 7.1.1 and jailbroken.
  22. NY Guitarist, Jun 26, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2014

    NY Guitarist macrumors 65816

    NY Guitarist

    Mar 21, 2011
    I haven't noticed until today and I use the Podcasts app nearly every day.

    I kind of enjoy being able to play a podcast on my computer and pick it up later on my iphone, or the reverse.

    I can confirm this behavior. Also I noticed if I turned off wifi, searched for new podcasts (cell data off), then turned wifi back on it was ok.

    When I close and reopen app it will crash as before with wifi on. If I open app with wifi off it doesn't crash. I can then turn wifi back on and it doesn't crash.
  23. foidulus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2007
    Not this again..

    I was so excited after Forstall got the boot because it looked like Apple was finally focusing on improving their quality again. I noticed marked improvements in software quality, even on the podcast app. However recently it looks like they have gone back to their old buggy ways. 10.9.3 freezes on me, podcast is crashing etc. Apple needs to realize that if users want a buggy frustrating experience they can get that with Android or Windows for much less than the cost of the equivalent apple product. I'm willing to pay more to have a frustration free experience, but if you are going to produce crap software AND charge me more, then I feel like you are just ripping me off
  24. BruiserB macrumors 65816

    Aug 9, 2008
    Seems to crash right when it would be beginning to download new episodes on my iPad. Maybe those that aren't crashing are either up to date or don't have auto downloads turned on?
  25. markgpearse macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    Podcast App

    On balance I love this app. I use it every day. It's amazing how many interesting podcasts there are to listen to.

    However, it does have its issues. Syncing is a challenge and it's not very obvious to me what's being download to my MacBook, iPhone and iPad.

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