Newsstand: Why no background downloading???

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MBX, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. MBX macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    You gotta be kidding me. The Newsstand in-app purchasing store has no background download option???

    Why would they let me babysit a 300-500mb download without being able to do anything else?

    I just switched to another app and when i switched back to the Newsstand magazine in-app the download went back to 0 again. The same happens when the iPad screen shut's off automatically and when you switch it back on the download is back at 0.

    Is this a joke?
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Yeah I don't get it either. The whole idea of it was that new issues would arrive without me doing anything.

    Only ones that worked were the NY Times and SF Chronicle. All the magazines you still need to manually download and like you said, if you exit the download will pause.
  3. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    Check Settings > Store and make sure automatic downloads are set to On for each publication.
  4. MBX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    that does not solve the issue of the download progressing in background so far.

  5. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    agreed. This really sucks. I hate having to keep the screen awake and watch my download inch along.
  6. Pete the Geek macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2011
    Sioux Lookout
    I agree, it is a poor implementation especially for slow Internet connections.
  7. astrorider macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2008
    Your beef is with the particular magazine app that you're using. As a developer with a Newsstand app, I can tell you that Newsstand kit backgrounds continue in the background. That particular magazine developer may have not fully updated their app when iOS 5 was released, so they may be using Newsstand kit for automatic downloading in the background when a new issue is released, and to appear in the Newsstand shelf, but still using their old code when an issue is purchased while you're in the app. I know, not helping you with your problem, just trying to point you in the right direction for where the blame lies.
  8. RossMc macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2010
    Newcastle, UK
    The background downloading works for me with Newsstand, The Guardian's new issue is always downloaded and ready to read when I wake up.
  9. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    This may well be true. Nevertheless, it appears that virtually none of the Conde Nast publications (Wired, SI, New Yorker, Vogue, and numerous others) actually work as advertised. Furthermore, even if one subscribes to a publication (i.e. one does not "purchase" a particular issue while "in the app"), the failure of unattended background loading either as a result wifi not being available, server load, or bandwidth contention yields the same result. One has to manually download an issue and cannot exit the app without cancelling the download.

    In fact, as far as I can tell, the only publications that work consistently as advertised may be the Guardian and the New York Times. (I suspect that's because the downloads are smaller and are more likely to be successful via the unattended download route.)

    The "blame" clearly does not lie only with the publications, especially considering that "Newsstand" is an iOS feature imposed on both users and publications to increase revenue for Apple. Considering that background downloading is the only real benefit users can expect from Newsstand, it's Apple's responsibility to make it work as advertised.
  10. NMF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011
    GQ works fine, my latest issue was ready to read when I opened the Newsstand app. Automatic download functionality is up to the developers. However, I believe the automatic download will only start with the next issue you receive after you enable it in Settings.
  11. mrrish macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2008
    I think the issue here is 'multi-tasking' versus 'timed delivery.' If I am correct, Apple does allow for delivery of news no more than once per day. Thus if you subscribe to a newspaper, then you will receive daily push of news early in the morning. However, if you purchase a magazine without a subscription (Condé Nast allows this example), that purchase requires a manual download and that download will not continue when you close the app. I do not believe that any of the apps that sit in thew newsstand offer multi-tasking at all (to save memory, I assume). Therefore any download initiated by the end user will require that the app be kept open.
  12. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    Almost correct. Even if you subscribe to a magazine any failure of the background unattended delivery will result in the behavior your describe. For example, a timeout in the unattended delivery due to bandwidth contention or server load will leave the user with the responsibility to download manually with the app in the foreground.

    This has occurred twice for my New Yorker subscription. It's not a major problem for me because my wifi network is very fast. Downloads typically take about two minutes. But for those with slower connections, I imagine the problem is exacerbated for large downloads.
  13. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    Any of the background download processes will fail and need to be restarted if you lose your network connection. The best example of this is the App Store update process.

    I've stated this before on multiple occasions. If your subscription app is not downloading in the background, you need to complain to your content provider, and they need to update their application.

    I don't care if they are the largest publication conglomerate in the industry, if they have not updated their app it won't work in the background.
  14. jhencken macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
    University Place, WA
    Yeah, and the joke's on us!


  15. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I get that it's fun to blame Apple for everything, but thats like saying its Apple's fault if apps aren't Retina optimized.

    Apple provided the APIs for background downloading, but since Apple can't physically update the publications how is it their fault? The only thing they could have done was reject any publications which didn't support that feature, but how would that be fair?

    The blame lies squarely on the publications for being lazy.
  16. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I subscribe to The Daily on my iPad and it downloads by itself every morning. Wired, Distro, and Game Informer seem to just notify me that there's a new issue, but it doesn't download by itself AND I can't do anything else with the iPad while those are downloading because it then pauses.

    I love Newsstand, but the devs could be utilizing it much better. I read USA Today and the Chicago Tribune in the mornings, and they don't even HAVE Newsstand functionality yet. It's ridiculous.
  17. vartanarsen macrumors 6502a

    Jul 2, 2010
    Agreed...All my magazines are making me babysit 500 meg magazines....NatGeo, Time, and Consumer Reports...
  18. jcchristopher macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2007
    And iOS 6 hasn't fixed the problem

    At least on my iPad3
  19. wdavis1798 macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2010
    Same problem. Truly irritating.

    I have the same problem trying to download my subscriptions to Wired, GQ and Esquire. I am often traveling in locations with very low bandwidth. It is so annoying that I can't let a magazine download while I am sleeping, but must babysit my iPad, sometimes for an hour or more, while the magazine I have paid for slowly crawls onto my device, MB by MB.
  20. nickchallis92 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2012
    It is apple's fault.

    They never allowed background downloading in the first place when it's obvious it would be a burden

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