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Podcasts app slow to respond to touch

1698 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 5, 2012 9:33 AM by scottsmi RSS
mharszlak Calculating status...
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Aug 7, 2012 9:44 AM

I'm sure I'm not alone here, though my frustration doesn't appear to have been expressed by others in this forum.


Every time I launch the Podcasts app, it takes a long time to respond to touch.  I only have 8 podcasts that I presently subscribe to, and it takes close to 30 seconds after launch to be able to do anything in the interface of the app.  It takes maybe 10-15 seconds to do anything after the screen sleeps and I wake it.


I know it's a new app, but this seems so basic, Apple Podcast app developers - please fix this - I'm on the latest IOS (5.1.1) on a 16GB iPhone4 Verizon.


I love listening to my podcasts, but this app is frustrating to use because it takes so long to start, stop, select, speed up, view my library, etc..



Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4
  • kerplunknet Calculating status...
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    Aug 7, 2012 11:44 AM (in response to mharszlak)

    I love the Podcasts app in almost every way except it has two major issues:


    1. It is slow to respond to touch, as described above.


    2. It marks many random episodes (sometimes from months ago)  as "unplayed."


    I am only subscribed to five podcasts.


    (iPhone 4S AT&T, iOS 5.1.1, all other apps closed)

  • FreeWizard Calculating status...
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    Aug 7, 2012 12:18 PM (in response to kerplunknet)

    same here.

    it's ridicalrus how apple release this. do engineers there use iPhone 5S with 8core CPUs?

  • xsteve Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 9, 2012 4:57 AM (in response to kerplunknet)

    I've seen both these issues regularly with the Podcasts app.  Old episodes being marked as unplayed, and the terrible performance.


    Question, do you have iTunes Match enabled?  I have a theory that the slowness is related to having a large iTunes Match library.

  • kerplunknet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 9, 2012 11:00 PM (in response to xsteve)

    No, I do not have iTunes Match installed/enabled.


    I am sure Apple is aware of these issues and will hopefully have them fixed with the release of iOS 6.

  • Jim Tierney Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2012 7:30 AM (in response to kerplunknet)

    I have an ipod touch (4th gen) on iOS6 and this app is no better.  It takes 10 seconds to load, then if you go out of the app, just touch the music app, then go back to podcasts, it will play for about 5 seconds and then stop the podcast.  You then have to start it again.  Not sure why they had to pull podcasts out of the Music app.  At least that was consistant in it's use.  I was using that hoping apple fixed the Podcast app soon, but now they've taken that choice away.  I subscribe to probably 15-20 podcasts and listen 6+ hours a day. Very frustrating!

  • scottsmi Calculating status...
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    Oct 5, 2012 9:33 AM (in response to mharszlak)

    Still a problem on iPhone 5.  Originally I thought this was a case of indirect, planned obsolescence - AKA 'Our newest devices are really fast now, why should we spend the time to code this efficiently.' - Seemingly not the first time - have you noticed how your iOS devices slow way the heck down over 2 years of use and updates, just in time for the next gen device? 


    In this case, it appears that it's just a terribly written app... Still randomly slow and glitchy on iPhone 5 - also get strange bugs where podcasts start playing after phone calls or Siri use. gah!  Plus, what's with so much skeuomorphism/ over designing?  Retro tape decks and the turtle/rabbit controls arn't adding much other than maybe justifying the employment of a few Apple employees.


    At least it's not as bad as 'Find my Friends' - which i'm never going to put on my devices


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