If You Listen to Podcasts, You Should Update iTunes ASAP

Apple has been dicking around with their iOS podcast app for the last couple of years and it’s been pissing people off.  As a podcaster (see Geeks&Beats if you haven’t already) as well as a voracious consumer of podcasts, I’ve been most annoyed at what Apple has been doing.

However, iTunes 11.2–released this week–offers some improvement.  It’s easier to browse and offers to automatically delete a podcast once you’ve listened to it.  (Don’t worry, though, because you can favourite episodes you want to keep.)  There’s also new Siri and CarPlay integration with v2.1 of the iOS app.

This is a free update that you can get through iTunes “Software Update” menu selection or you can just take it right from the Apple website.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “If You Listen to Podcasts, You Should Update iTunes ASAP

  • May 16, 2014 at 10:28 am
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    Considering Apple basically invented podcasts, it’s kind of staggering how poor their implementations have been.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 11:37 am
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    Agreed. After trying a few different things I switched to an app called Downcast and haven’t looked back (and no, I don’t work for them or anything!). I just don’t trust iTunes not to randomly break podcasts again in a future update.

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