Apple updates buggy Podcasts app for iOS, user complaints persist


Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has issued an updated version of its new Podcasts application designed to resolve numerous user complaints with the original release, which launched a month ago.

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The free Podcasts app enables iPhone and iPad users to manage podcast content directly on their device, bypassing direct downloads from Apple's iTunes storefront. A flurry of negative App Store user reviews complained of issues like freezes, crashes and cross-device sync failures, prompting the release of version 1.0.1, which touts significant performance and stability improvements alongside a host of smaller fixes and enhancements.

Many consumers contend the update hasn't fixed anything, however: As of 9:15 a.m. CT Thursday, Podcasts boasts an average App Store customer rating of 2.5 stars, extremely low for an Apple product, with the number of one-star ratings outnumbering five-star ratings by a margin of 114 to 40. "Still horrifically buggy and always freezes. Still unusable," states one review, while another proclaims "Update is worthless!" Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

Available for devices running iOS 5.1 or later, Podcasts integrates hundreds of thousands of free audio and video programs spanning more than 40 languages--consumers may browse categories including arts, business, comedy, music, news and sports, or view the Top Charts feature to identify the most popular broadcasts. By tapping the Subscribe button, users will automatically receive new episodes of their favorite programs as they become available.   

Podcasts supports both live streaming and downloading for offline listening. Users may also sync content from iTunes on their Mac or PC to enable seamless transition between devices and share favorite episodes via Twitter, Messages and Mail.

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