By no means earlier than has a telephone replace felt extra like a blatant act of hostility.
As I’d final left my Apple podcasting app, on pause after catching up on You’re Incorrect About whereas washing the dishes final evening, all my audio information had been in a pristine, simply accessible queue. I woke as much as discover them decimated to a smoldering rubble. Nothing is in its proper place, many podcasts have just plain vanished, and the harm wasn’t even the results of a glitch, however quite an ostensible enchancment. (You understand how, in a Dadaist sense, completely destroying one thing can rely as bettering it?)
I wasn’t the one sufferer crying foul within the wake of the iOS 14.5 replace both. The truth is, I used to be late, having resisted the overhaul out of sheer laziness. It seems individuals have been upset about it since late April.
is the apple podcasts app replace completely depressing and borderline unusable for anybody else
— Walter Hickey (@WaltHickey) June 2, 2021
Holy shit Apple podcasts. The brand new replace is the precise worst? Why? Why do that?
— Liz Hannah (@itslizhannah) June 3, 2021
The Apple Podcast app replace means that Apple is nonetheless not very excited by podcasts.
— Peter Kafka (@pkafka) June 8, 2021
i do not wish to be melodramatic however the brand new Apple podcast replace has ruined my life
— catherine (@cat_tats) June 8, 2021
Complaining about an app replace is a routine a part of Twenty first-century dwelling. Any change to at least one’s valuable telephone settings invitations a rigmarole of concern. Beneath all of it, although, the true criticism is virtually all the time primarily in regards to the nature of change itself. Having to place in a little additional effort to navigate an app that has turn out to be second nature provides a tiny additional edge to at least one’s day. Principally, it may be a chore to relearn an interface you already know. However after some preliminary grumbling, most individuals merely adapt till, earlier than they realize it, the method begins once more with the arrival of the following replace.
This time, it’s totally different. The Apple podcasts replace is legit horrible.
On the plus facet, the redesigned present pages are quite smooth, and curated collections on the Search tab assist with discoverability. However whereas previous bugs within the app have included skipping playback, inaccurate time stamps, skewed UI components, and unresponsive scrolling, the issues with this replace are, confoundingly, by design.
The podcast library, now structured just like Apple’s Music app, is comprised of 5 sections: Lately Up to date, which is the touchdown web page; Newest Episodes; Reveals; Downloaded; and Saved. None of those looks like a great default podcast storage unit.
It was once that merely downloading one episode of a podcast lodged the present in your library, like a sesame seed in your gumline, till you had been able to floss it out. You would click on a cloud icon and earmark the episode in your library. It wasn’t downloaded but and taking on information storage; it was just there, able to go, within the occasion you had a Wi-Fi connection and had been within the temper. Put up-update, nonetheless, downloading an episode places it within the Downloaded part; getting it into Reveals or Lately Up to date, nonetheless, is achieved solely by subscribing.
That implies that any podcast episodes that customers might need earmarked however hadn’t but subscribed to had been robotically wiped off of their telephones with the replace. If the whole lot in that purgatorial area between Shopping and Downloaded had robotically rolled over into Saved within the new model, the change might need been virtually comprehensible. However it didn’t. Now, tons of of podcast episodes I’d meant to hearken to, painstakingly curated over time, typically by combing via a 500-episode present library, are just mud within the pod-wind. Eliminating a lot private effort feels downright disrespectful.
Expensive apple podcasts, thanks a lot for the replace, It’s way more vital for me to see all 3000 episode of dateline NBC however not the 2 episodes I’ve saved of @NobleBloodTales
— Samantha SoRelle (@samanthasorelle) June 4, 2021
I am unable to resolve if my favourite factor in regards to the @ApplePodcasts replace is the aggressively horrible design or that it will not acknowledge new episodes of reveals even after I unsubscribed and re-subscribed to them
— Amy Whipple (@ItsAmyWhipple) June 4, 2021
Apple awakened and selected violence with this Podcast app replace. I had a lot of random episodes saved from reveals I’m not subscribed to, and so they’re all gone ????
— Cara (@caralinastyle) June 9, 2021
Now, it definitely helps creators for the app to steer individuals towards subscriptions. Nonetheless, generally one wants a few test-drives to resolve whether or not to carry a present house. As somebody who is perennially, concurrently taking a number of test-drives with a number of reveals, my Reveals and Newest Episodes sections now appear like victims of Thanos’s Snap. It’s kind of good to have an excuse to start out constructing a podcast library once more, however I’d want it’s my option to make, quite than an end result thrust upon me by Apple.
As I attempted to rebuild my library, I bumped into different difficulties. As an illustration, there’s no strategy to soar from reveals in Downloaded to the web page the place that present lives as a way to subscribe to it. Customers have to maneuver over to the Browse operate, making the restoration chore much more tedious. It’s a tiny gripe, however irksome nonetheless—particularly since different replace options appear to railroad customers into subscribing extra. It’s such an simply preventable oversight! The shortage of care put into this replace is frankly flabbergasting.
As for the reveals to which customers do find yourself subscribing, each the Lately Up to date and Reveals sections now home their complete again catalog. The one straightforward strategy to soar to the episode you truly wish to hearken to if it’s not the newest is by going to Downloaded. And upon eradicating an episode from that part, it nonetheless stays lurking in each Lately Up to date and Reveals. That satisfying, itch-scratched feeling of deleting a completed podcast, like crossing off one thing from one’s to-do checklist, is now sophisticated by the truth that customers will possible scroll previous that episode once more many occasions.
Anybody know why they tousled Apple Podcasts so unhealthy? My entire library is gone! This has turned my world upside. And just as I used to be getting used the final replace! The horror! ????????????
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 5, 2021
the apple podcast replace sucks i would lastly make the change to spotify for podcasts
— Cameron Adams (@carneronadams) June 5, 2021
It is absurd how a lot this replace to the Apple podcast app has elevated my stress ranges. I do not know which episodes of which reveals I’ve listened to now as a result of I can’t delete eps as soon as I’ve listened to them. Which wouldn’t be a downside if I weren’t subscribed to 45 podcasts
— Amanda BW (@amandabw425) June 7, 2021
The entire expertise of curating and listening to reveals is now utterly depersonalized. This new replace makes it all the time appear as if you’ve got borrowed another person’s telephone to hearken to a podcast on it. I really can not bear in mind another occasion when an replace made an app’s person expertise this incomprehensibly horrible. Who may have presumably thought these adjustments can be embraced?
With this replace, Apple is virtually daring customers to leap ship and make a new podcasting go of it at Overcast or Spotify. If solely the identical digital laziness that saved me from updating my iOS for six weeks didn’t additionally make switching podcast apps appear so laborious, that’s precisely what I might do, too.