How do I subscribe to Podcast in iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by yalag, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. yalag macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2007
    I want to introduce my parents to podcast, I think it's a great way to move them into online video (youtube as well). But how do I subscribe to Podcast in iPad? I can see the episodes and they can click download on each one but I can't find a way to subscribe, so that means they have to check back for new episodes each time? I think that really defects the purpose of podcast!
  2. HengenJL macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    Unfortunately there is no way to subscribe to a podcast directly on the iPad. I agree with you in that it's an oversight, but this is the way Apple programmed the iPhone OS... I personally have sent Apple feedback on this exact issue and many more have probably done so as well.
  3. Sebrobertson macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Wait, so the only way to subscribe is on your computer? Bummer. I've been on my iPad for an hour trying to figure this out.
  4. ksmith80209 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    Use the Podcaster app. It let's you subscribe, download, etc. without iTunes. I've been using it on my iPhone for a couple of years (used to be called RSS Player).
  5. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Just looked and it's not a Universal App (iPhone only). Is there an iPod or universal Podcast app?
  6. aduteau macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    I heard that "pocket tunes" app (its universal) lets you download podcasts without iTunes
  7. achanja macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2010
    Next generation of iOS should have dedicated CPU.

    If we use an app together with the podcast downlaoding. It will slow down our device with one CPU. This may be the reason. But i need a dedicated processor to do this job. This is a big adventage if we can do live with iPod/iPad/iPhone. BB is getting it with live chat.
  8. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    The ability go subscribe to podcasts using the iTunes app of the iPad should hopefully come in a forthcoming update. I too wanted many times to subscribe to a podcast from my iPad and couldn't. I am sure that Apple will eventually fix this. Let's see how long it will take them.
    Of course third party apps are welcome, so maybe podcaster will come to the iPad.
  9. snouter macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    This was definitely my #1 criticism of my iPad. I really wanted to use it for poscasts, and it was a really frustrating device for podcasts.
  10. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I think one of the major issues for a third party app would be the lack of true multitasking. The user would have to open the app which in turn would then automatically download the subscribed podcasts. My only real hope is the native iTunes app which is allowed to run in the background. I dont expect that to change with iOS 4.2
  11. Tobster3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2010
    South Korea
    yes, I have also sent Apple feedback on this issue too.
  12. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I just found an app that supposedly has podcast subscriptions, but I haven't bought it, so I don't really know if it works well. The app is named Pocket Tunes Radio
  13. longdogs macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2007
    Lichfield UK
    Try Drivecast. It allows you to keep podcasts in sync on the web, iPad and iPhone. I've been using it for about a month and it works well, to the point that I no longer bother using iTunes for podcasts. to sign up, and you can manage subscriptions there. The iPad app allows you to download and listen to podcasts, but you can't manage them from there.

    I have no connection to Drivecast apart from being a satisfied user.
  14. aduteau macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    Just bought Pocket Tunes app, and I can say that you can subscribe podcasts from the app itself (download then delete podcasts if you like, or just stream them on the fly to listen), listen to web radios, buy music from itunes, is iOS 4 ready.

    Only downside I have with podcasts in this app, is that you can not manually enter an .xml address for a podcast .... so if the podcast is not featured in the search database ... I did not find a way to subscribe to it.

    A not so bad UI for iPad too !

    I recommend !
  15. Diane B macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    Western NC foothills

    I've used the Stitcher app since I got my Ipad in May. Works quite well and easy to use

    It's a universal app but makes little difference that it isn't Ipad specific.

    Well, may have to rescind this. Still works for me but I couldn't find it in the app store.

    Another easy way to listen or watch podcasts is to simply use the iTunes app, choose podcasts, look in categories and find your favorites. Once you find them, then just search by name next time and it will come up quickly You can then choose the date you want to listen to, stream it or dl it. Almost easier than subscribing IMO and no need to go through the sync process. .
  16. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Looking at DriveCast, Stitcher and Pocket Tunes they all seem to be audio only Podcasts. Is this correct and if so what Apps do video Podcasts?
  17. derekjd macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2006

    Try MediaFly. I sync my iPad, HTC Evo (Android), Mac and Media PC (Boxee) with it. No need for iTunes to sync and it supports video.


    BTW anyone know what happen to the stitcher app?
  18. Blue star macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    Hi hengen,,,ditto here mate on the same issue,,,did you hear back,I didn't,,never do,,I just picture them hitting the delete button ,but maybe they read them,,,just wish they would respond,,or find someone they have responded to? Cheers:D
  19. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    Look for downcast

    Its a great app to subscribe to a podcast.
  20. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL

    Awesome features, syncs across multiple devices, universal app, great UI design, OPML support, sleep timer, streaming, background downloading, etc.

    The author has been quick to supply updates (like for the iPad 3rd gen), fixes, and is always rolling out great new features.

    It’s a steal for $1.99 :)
  21. Ooks macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2012
    Thanks for a great recommendation. Downloaded this yesterday and I love it so much already. Expect this to be one of those aps that apple acquires and rolls into iOS someday.
  22. Eadfrith macrumors 6502


    Nov 3, 2011
    Whaat?:eek: There is no way to download and listen to a podcast on the iPad without buying a 3rd party app?
  23. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I agree, Downcast is a great podcast app for iOS devices.
  24. carlsson macrumors 6502


    Jul 18, 2001
    This is a f*n joke! It's 2012 and we have iOS 5, and you can't subscribe to a podcast from iTunes on your iDevice!?!?

    Sometimes I just wanna strangle Apple.... :mad:
  25. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    It's not as straightforward as you'd think, but Apple should be able to come up with a better solution soon than iTunes sync.

    Apple should avoid hammering the podcasters' servers with multiple downloads of the same podcast on multiple devices for the same user. Maybe something with iCloud would work (like Downcast). Apple may have wanted to limit the stress on the iCloud servers for the first year. Hopefully, it will be a feature of iOS 6!

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