Apple’s Podcasts App Tip

The Podcasts App is a truly horrible piece of programming. Apple should be ashamed. It’s awful.

My biggest complaint lately is that it doesn’t sync up properly with iTunes. Today, I finally figured out what you have to do to get sync working correctly. You need to kill the Podcasts process all together before syncing, or else it’ll never copy podcasts over to your phone. Don’t just close it, but then double tap the Home button and press on an icon until it gets all wiggly and you can tap the “X” in the corner to kill it all together.

Now, if only there was a way to remove a podcast from the app. No, not an individual show, but the show as a whole. I have one podcast whose RSS feed changed recently, leaving behind a duplicate obsolete feed that I can’t remove. I signed up to it through the app originally, I think, and not through iTunes, so I guess it doesn’t have a clue. So annoying.

But I continue to use it because it does sync up with iTunes and it has the 30 second skip button. So I’m stuck with it for now. Ugh.

3 thoughts on “Apple’s Podcasts App Tip

  1. I find Apple’s Podcasts app to be thoroughly dreadful and completely unusable. How they could put out such a terrible app when there are so many good ones available (none of them PERFECT, however). Have you used Downcast? That’s the best on I have used thus far.

  2. To remove a podcast (a feed, not an individual episode) from the Podcasts app, have you tried pulling down on the podcast list and touching the “Edit” button? I’m able to then remove podcasts from my subscription list.

  3. Kendall — You’re right. I missed that. Ack, those hidden buttons kill me every time.

    Stockwell — Haven’t tried Downcast. Tried Instacast, but that has its own bug with downloads… Maybe I’ll give DC a shot someday. Thanks!

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