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WARNING: Podcasts Just Ate My Entire Month's Cellular Data

11537 Views 51 Replies Latest reply: Jan 26, 2014 9:39 AM by Traveler22 RSS
  • verdi1987 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    My cellular data usage jumped 0.5 GB yesterday morning while I was streaming a video podcast. The podcast was approximately 300 MB. At one point I exited the Podcasts app but resumed streaming the podcast shortly thereafter. (I resumed right where I had paused the stream.)


    AT&T shows the data used was 525,032 KB (512 MB), an increase of  ⅔ the size of the podcast. (I suspect had I downloaded and not streamed the podcast it would have used less. A little overhead is realistic, but not this much.)


    Auto-downloads are disabled.


    My next-highest data usage is not even close ―143 MB ― and I have been streaming HD Hulu shows.

  • chibihannah Calculating status...

    This just happened to me last night as well.  I told the podcasts app to download some podcasts while I was on my home wifi network. "Use cellular data" was disabled in preferences.  I was on my home wifi the entire time, yet when I woke up this morning it had downloaded 200 MB over cellular and I had a data warning. I am deleting this app too, very disappointing.

  • KGB-1 Calculating status...




       This is crazy, I use iTunes to download podcast, and then I use podcast app to play podcast and it ask me to turn on cell data, why do we need to use cell data for a podcast that’s already down loaded???

  • Jeri24 Calculating status...

    I turned off cellular data for the app, to avoid this very problem. Now it naggs me about it every time I start the app. So annoying!

  • William Fiveash Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Having the same issue.  Apple needs to better support the scenario of downloading podcasts via iTunes and transfering them to the iPhone via iTunes sync.

  • FMRfromBellingham Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I thought the whole idea with a podcast player was that you downloaded content to your "pod" (i.e. to an iPhone, via iTunes) and listened to it later.  The current podcast player interface is seemingly impossible to setup to allow this type of use without getting messages and/or downloading everything (not just the most recent episodes you haven't heard).  Anyone know of a better podcast player?  I'd even pay money for it.

  • Traveler22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I’m hoping I’m not the only person who discovered this, but the podcast app has TWO switches that control cellular data, not just one. Settings-Podcasts has one switch (which doesn’t seem to do anything). Settings-Cellular has the other. Try turning them both off and see if that solves the problem.

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