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When people talk about Apple apps gone wrong, Maps is usually the first one that gets brought up. However, we must not forget about the equally terrible Podcasts application that Apple barely seemed to care about. Thankfully, Apple finally released an update for its Podcasts application that adds some useful new features and actually makes the application worth using.

Apple has given the app a visual overhaul and has done away with the reel to reel design of the playing screen. making it look more like the standard screen that comes with Apple’s music player on iOS. This doesn’t only make the app look different, but makes the buttons much more functional.

The update also adds the ability to create custom stations, to which you can add your favorite shows (perhaps the Technophilia podcast tickles your fancy). These will be updated automatically, making for an experience that is not unlike Pandora Enhance Pandora's Music Magic With These Great Tools Enhance Pandora's Music Magic With These Great Tools For those of you who still haven’t heard of Pandora, it’s an online website that allows you to stream music for free. Unlike other music streaming services, Pandora isn’t built on the idea that you... Read More or another Internet radio service.

The new version of Podcasts also adds the ability to create playlists with individual episodes, and introduces iCloud integration so your custom stations and playlists can now sync across all your devices. iCloud syncing for Podcasts works both ways, so playlists created in iTunes will automatically show up in the Podcasts app on iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

As usual, a key part of the update is stability improvements. I’ve spent a day using the app, listening to my favorite podcasts, and so far, it has not crashed once, which is more than I could say about its previous version.

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Source: Slashgear

  1. Lnk.si
    May 30, 2013 at 12:19 am

    This app was so annoying I wrote up how to sync & play podcasts without using the Podcasts app. http://lnk.si/bf

  2. Matt Smith
    March 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Hey, what was so terrible about the podcasts app?

    I'm serious. Everyone seems to act like it so obviously bad, I've yet to see anyone explain why. I just upgraded from Android, which has no built-in podcasts app and a lot of third-party solutions of question quality, and to me the Podcasts app is an angel descending from the heavens on wings of light. Syncing that actually works more than 80% of the time? A decent interface with built-in library of additional podcasts? Stability? These were all features I never obtained on my Android.

    So in all seriousness, can someone point me to a review, so I can understand what actually is wrong with this app.

  3. Kristopher Hesson
    March 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Is it just me or did the "unplayed episodes" list disappear?

  4. Hambone Johnson
    March 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

    It is not a better version. Do you know how I can revert to the previous version?

  5. macwitty
    March 25, 2013 at 8:58 am

    At last! It looks not to have skeuomorphs - another good news

  6. Yannis Vatis
    March 25, 2013 at 6:57 am

    I'm an iPhone 4 user and this update was a godsend. I don't know if it was because of bad optimization or the reel-to-reel UI but Podcasts ran very slowly on my phone. Sometimes I needed to wait for several seconds for a podcast episode to load and start playing. Now it's instant.

    Now can we please get back the ability to view lyrics/show notes on both the Podcasts and Music apps? That was the dumbest thing they changed in my opinion.

  7. Chris Hoffman
    March 25, 2013 at 3:39 am

    But now I can't make fun of the reel-to-reel tape deck anymore!

  8. Leslie
    March 25, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Except that the app doesn't work at all. It won't stay open longer than a few seconds. It's gone from inconvenient to non-functional, so I'm not sure how you spent a day using it.

  9. Verena Block
    March 25, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I'm just glad I can finally delete a podcast from the app. Having to remember to do it from iTunes and remember to then sync was not user friendly.

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