Finally, Apple’s Podcast app is usable. I lamented over the fact that there was no iCloud subscription syncing included with the initial release, but it looks like Apple has acknowledged this glaring hole, and fixed it up just in time for iOS 6.

Take a look inside for the full change log, and our video hands-on of the original release…


  • Support for iOS 6
  • Automatically keep your podcast subscriptions up to date between devices using iCloud
  • A new setting to choose to automatically download new episodes only when on Wi-Fi
  • A new setting to choose whether to play episodes by oldest to newest or newest to oldest
  • Pull to refresh a subscription to check for new episodes on iOS 6
  • Additional performance and stability improvements

We’ll be back soon with an updated hands-on look at the new Podcasts app update, but in the meantime, go ahead and download the update, and let us know what you think about it in the comments.

  • Updated the app (still on iOS 5.1.1). Asked if I wanted to sync first on iPad said yes then went to iPhone said yes. I now have all the subscriptions that were on my iPad (mainly video) on my iPhone and the rest that were on my iPhone (mostly audio) are gone! Not happy.

  • SuperchargedNL

    I’d like to see a feature where you can, for instance, watch half of the podcast on one device and then pick up where you left off on another device.
    The way it is now, I can watch half of it on my iMac and then when I pick up my iPad, I have to start from the beginning again and swipe to the point where I want to resume.
    Also it doesn’t tell me the episodes I have or haven’t viewed.

  • Mombear86

    Prior to using the Podcasts app, I could fall asleep during a podcast and the device (iPod Touch) would turn off when the podcast ended. Now it just moves to the next podcast and on and on….don’t like this.

  • I’m unhappy that my podcast playlists don’t work anymore. I used to start my set of episodes and go. And some of my podcasts needed a playlist – to skip review episodes, pdfs or vids; or combine subscriptions that got divided (subscription name changes).
    I like the idea of the sync across devices, just wish sync worked properly on my PC (iTunes hangs with audiobook syncs).
    I’d prefer just one app that does the audio.

  • Derrick Clements

    Usable? Not if you use playlists, which are the primary way I listen to podcasts. The feature is simply gone in the Podcasts app. A real shame Apple released it before it was ready. Not a good sign for the company moving forward in my opinion.

  • Syncing is basically a myth, be it podcasts, movies, whatever. Worthless.

  • IOS6 Podcasts App – Question: How do you delete a podcast subscription from the front main menu list? I can see how to delete an individual recording but I can’t get the main subscription off my iPhone!

    • Pull down on the screen. This reveals an edit button in the top left corner. Press that, and now you can delete the old unwanted podcast icons.

  • Some individual podcasts are “stuck”: known to the iPhone, marked “unplayed,” but not actually downloaded (grayed out, nothing happens when you touch them). Is there a “force download” button somewhere?

  • DrP

    Worthless app if you wish to use playlists of podcasts. My suggestion is to delete the app, restart music app, then go back to using playlists like you used to do. Absolutely amazing to me that Apple would release this nearly unusable product.