The Podcasts app for Apple’s iOS really stinks. Many of the bugs in the app are well known and documented on other websites and blogs but there’s one I came across today that I hadn’t seen anywhere else.
I was listening to a podcast on my way into work. When I got to the office I paused the podcast and removed the earbuds so I could put them away. A little while later I got a call. When I ended the call the podcast unpaused. Since the earbuds were no longer in the audio played over the speaker for all to hear. I’m not embarrassed about what I listen to but it was an office disruption that didn’t have to happen.
Another issue I ran into this morning was that the app is not deleting podcasts after they have been marked as read. I had to manually delete them in order to install app updates.
These are just a couple of the issues with this app. I’ve run into several others (but not today). I wish they’d iron them out and make the app a bit more polished because right now the user experience on it really stinks (which is contrary to Apple’s usual MO).