Subscribe to Podcasts in iOS?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by applefan27073, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. applefan27073 macrumors member


    Mar 13, 2011
    Is there a way to subscribe to Podcasts in iOS and have them automatically download as soon as a new episode is available like the desktop version of iTunes?
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Unfortunately no,

    But iOS 5 did introduce automatic background updates with Newsstand, so hopefully that can make its way over to the iTunes app for Podcast.

    I'm crossing my fingers.
  3. murdoc158 macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    West Bend, WI
    As posted, it's not possible yet. Check out the app "Downcast" in the app store. It does exactly what you want, plus gives you the option to stream over 3G as well. It has a RSS feed so if you listen to a podcast that isn't in the iTunes library you can add it manually. I've been using Downcast for 2 months now, and I won't go back until Apple adds this function into iOS.
  4. itsjustmeee macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2008
    I've been using the app Podcaster for a while now but I think I'll switch over to Downcast. It appears to have more features and looks quite a bit more ipad friendly.
  5. RossMc, Dec 19, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2011

    RossMc macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2010
    Newcastle, UK
    I use Downcast as well, It's a definatly a good app. The only thing I wish it would do was automatically check for new episodes in the background without having to open the app but i'm sure the developer said that Apple doesn't allow an app to run all the time in the background or something and if they ever allowed it this functionality would be added.

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