Podcast app pretty much useless now!

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by aircanman, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. aircanman macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    Podcast app is so hard to navigate through and it stops playing when one podcast ends, doesn't move to the next one, not sure why Apple had to make these changes! Has anyone else had the issues?
  2. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
  3. almostinsane macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    I have to agree, I do not like the UI redesign either. Did all the talent suddenly leave Apple? IPhone 8 is the same as the 7, iOS 11 is a buggy mess, the watch is the same with less battery life.
  4. NoBoMac macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2014
    Not a fan of new Podcast app, but that it stops playing, it has happened only a couple of times. Most of the time, keeps playing (I'm pretty much using Podcast app all day long), but I am using the "Up Next" playlist/function.

    Related thread on this: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/podcasts-not-playing-in-order-anymore.2069567

    I wonder if this might have to do how one starts to play their podcasts: selecting from "Episodes" playlist, or clicking on a podcast via "Shows"? And what sort and play orders that are set for each podcast folder and or playlist? The "Listen Now" list seems to have some odd behavior (I delete that off the app).
  5. northernbaldy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2010
    the north, UK
    It’s totally useless
    I still have the issue where it won’t download episodes
    I have to cancel the download and start again
    It’s totally confusing
    --- Post Merged, Sep 30, 2017 ---
    Just noticed that you can’t rate Apple apps! What are they scared of?

  6. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    it is clearly a heavily redesigned app so that is an indication that apple does understand the growing significance of podcasts.
    but it is also clear that no one reviewed it from a usability standpoint.
    frequent user of it but still haven't figured it out completely yet...
  7. NoBoMac macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2014
    To be fair, the podcast threads for v11 are similar to when the previous version of Podcasts was introduced in v9(?). Changed for sake of change... useless... ui sucks... etc. We got used to it or moved on to third party apps.

    Me, over the past week, I've worked out my workflow for Podcasts. Relatively at peace with it, have sort and play orders set up to fit into my use of "Up Next" as my master playlist.

    Now, if only Apple would fix or return the notification badges for individual podcast subscriptions, and more importantly, the app icon, that would be a big plus.
  8. tedson macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    I agree 100% with original poster. Prior to iOS 11, it was my preferred podcast app, simple but it did what I wanted it to do. Now it's a graphics mess. If anyone knows of a better podcast app let me know.
  9. ck2875 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    Pocketcasts. One time purchase that was 100% worth it.


    I also recently tried the premium subscription for Overcast (still have it for a year), but cancelled auto-renewal and deleted the app since I very much preferred Pocketcasts (and Castro) over it.
  10. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    I am back to using the stock podcast actually, as part of a greater move back to stock apps for the system integration. It’s useable enough and I like having desktop and Apple TV apps.
  11. potentmf macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2016
    yes, I can't figure out how to add multiple podcasts to play in a row. It seems like they keep replacing each other.
  12. Tozovac macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2014
    R.I.P. “It just works,” 2013 (i.e., ios7)
  13. Tozovac macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2014
    I vividly remember checking the App Store rating of yosemite when it first came out. The screen would constantly be filled with 1 or 2 star ratings yet somehow they showed an average rating of three or better all the time. Blindness.
  14. potentmf macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2016

    It stops playing after about 10 minutes of play. At first I thought someone was trying to call but it happened while nothing was going on. After pushing play again it doesn't happen. This has happened on my phone and iPad. I've never tried the Listen Now list because I'm behind on podcasts.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 10, 2017 ---

    I was trying to avoid paying for it twice. (I have it on my Android) Until iOS 11, the podcast app was sufficient.
  15. NoBoMac macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2014
    This has been an issue with v9,10 and seems to be present in v11.

    I have seen this in all of them. After much use, the Up Next list ceases to work correctly. Another symptom: dragging a podcast to reorder the list causes the podcast to drop off the list.

    When this starts to happen, I need to close Podcasts from the Switcher and restart. Things will go back to normal, for a while.
  16. DaveOP macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I am all about Overcast. It sync's across devices, and the developer keeps it up to date. Would recommend.
  17. cipher29 macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2009
    Not sure why Apple felt the need to completely mess up this Podcast app .. I know many who hated it, but I was always an apologist for it until iOS 11.. Maybe I'm just getting old, but why is it so damn confusing to do the basics? I've moved to Overcast.
  18. CrzyP macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2012
    The Podcasts app is garbage now. It doesn't even have the option to "Mark as Played." Instead, I have to do that through iTunes or Apple TV! So much for cutting the iTunes umbilical cord.

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