Currently Being ModeratedJul 1, 2012 10:21 PM (in response to hanialyousif)
I just installed the Podcast app and left home to find out that it burned through all my usage for the month! It was downloading podcasts over 3G without me knowing. Is there a way to restrict it to wifi only?
Same happened to me. I think this is a terrible error by apple and makes me seriously question how much thought they put into the set up of the app. I generally trust apple to do right by its customers but this experience is disappointing.
There are plenty of examples of how these download settings can be done well - see Downcast - and Apple should know better.
I certainly hope they correct this problem quickly as I would like to see whether the Apple app is as promising as some of its very competent competitors.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2012 5:17 PM (in response to Alex Macdonald)
Alex Macdonald wrote:
There isn't a way. If the podcast is under 50mb it'll try to download it. Apple don't care and the carriers will love it now that they're charging overages.
Yes there is. It has even already been posted in this same thread.
Settings > Store > Cellular downloading > off
The downside is that switches cellular downloading off for all services, but that is something I recommend anyway. I can confirm setting that to off I have no podcasts attempting to auto-download when I am not on wifi.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2012 5:24 PM (in response to bdobson)
That would be remarkably useful if that setting worked in that way. Turn it off and you'll still be able to download anything you want over cellular. Go ahead, download an app from the app store.
The only thing that setting seems to do is disable the cellular downloading of content purchased on another device.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2012 5:29 PM (in response to Alex Macdonald)
Perhaps I misunderstood. For me it works just fine in that it stops "auto" downloading. Sure if I click on one that I have not already on device it's going to try to retrieve it just as I expect it would. I would be more concerned and thought the question was in regards to stopping them from downloading entirely on their own when a new episode came out.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2012 5:33 PM (in response to bdobson)
I've had that setting disabled for as long as I've had my 4s. Podcasts still auto download over cellular. Some as old as two years old even after having been marked as played. There are a number of things this app needs fixed.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2012 7:56 PM (in response to Alex Macdonald)
I'll have to verify again on my side, my experience has been the opposite. With the cellular data downloading turned off I had no podcasts download until I reenabled wifi. I verified this by setting auto download to a daily podcast and then leaving wifi off. No downloads occured, perhaps I just didn't wait long enough but it was more than a day and the podcast had been released.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 6, 2012 12:46 PM (in response to bdobson)
I also would like to have a way to disable podcast auto downloading on 3G.
I have Cellular Downloading turned off in the Store. However I set my weekly 2-hour music podcast (about 105 MB files) to auto-download, and suddenly my cell data usage says I have received nearly 100MB, and it's only been 10 days since my billing cycle started. I rarely download 100MB of data in the entire month.
Looks to me like the podcast either started or finished downloading on wi-fi, but the bulk majority of it downloaded thru 3G when the device was asleep. I really can't believe there's no setting specifically to restrict podcast auto downloading to wi-fi only. And I wouldn't think it would have started downloading on wi-fi, because doesn't wi-fi stay active during an active download after pressing the sleep button on the phone?
I'm pretty sure the setting in the Store menu only applies to automatic downloading of purchases on other devices, as that's the heading of the screen where the Cell Downloading setting is located.
Really ***** as I was really looking forward to having automatic downloading so I don't have to always check for the new episode release. If not automatic downloading, some kind of notificatoin would be nice.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 12, 2012 9:32 PM (in response to PatrickGSR94)
This has caught me out as well. My cellular data usage went through the roof and I had to pay for a bolt on. I would not download this app as it is half baked! I recommend downcast in the app store; as there is a setting for WIFI only downloads. Plus it is streets ahead of what apple have provided us with.