why is the apple offical podcast app still trash?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by The Game 161, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    since they updated it to IOS 11 it's complete trash. To view your latest podcasts is a pain and the apps simply freezes when you are waiting for new podcasts to load. so you have to go out the app/close it down then start again just to play anything. Just a joke of an app and there is still no apple watch app for this. If only I could use pocketcast via hey siri on my homepod i would simply use that all the time
  2. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Because all Apple cares about is margin. And also podcasts are culturally kind of a niche, and almost passé. If someone could whisper in Tim Cook's ear that there is a spare billion or two in podcasts, you bet he would get someone to look into it.
  3. Anuba macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2005
    Yeah, the weirdness, glitches, bugs and inconsistencies keep piling up across Apple Music/iTunes on iOS devices and Apple Watch, as well as the Podcast app. The latest thing with Music on iOS is that it's no longer syncing between devices. The Apple Watch Music app improved a bit, but it's still a half baked mess (you can't browse an album or playlist until you've started playing it, etc).

    In the Podcast app you've got things like episodes force-adding themselves to the tail end of your Up Next list, with no possibility of removing them or changing the playback order... not to mention already played episodes that can't be deleted. It says they've been played and WILL be deleted, but swiping left doesn't work and the Force Touch menu doesn't have an option for trashing them. You have to shift them out of this limbo state by re-adding them, only then can you delete them.

    Why this deterioration is happening on many software fronts is anyone's guess, but here's mine: Craig Federighi seems like a really nice guy. A good cop without a bad cop partner. In my experience, software developers don't respond well to nice guys, they exploit them. They're procrastinators who will make up all sorts of BS excuses to not fix certain pesky issues because they're tedious to fix. Not hard, just tedious and lacking in gratification potential. They need a very firm hand, not a total Hitler who will make them hate their job, but someone who makes sure that the path of least resistance is always to fix the problems, even if this requires ensuring that all other paths border on torture.
  4. nikeagogo macrumors member


    Apr 20, 2016
    United States
    What happened to the native podcast app was really disappointing and, given the track record, I assume more care will be placed going forward on addressing and correcting other issues stemming from the iOS 11 updates that I figure it'd be best to just move on and find another alternative. The podcast changes seem more of an afterthought with regards to bringing it up to speed with the rest of the OS changes and the lack of attention shown suggests Apple doesn't view the podcast arena as being terribly important to the Apple ecosystem.
  5. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    Its annoying that for some of their apps like the Podcast app they change things but don't think enough about the user experience while that was always Apples thing. I switched to third party podcasts apps long time ago and still happy to pay a few euros (once) for such an app.

    Some great options are: iCatcher, Downcast and Pocket Casts
  6. AMTYVLE macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2014
    Treasure Coast, Florida
    I find the Podcast app very confusing to navigate and disorganized.

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