Apple’s latest iOS 14 update, bringing with it a new Apple Podcast Subscriptions service, appears to have broken Apple’s Podcasts app in many different ways.
Noticed by MacRumors, a lot of bugs and issues seem to have come to light after the update:
Despite redesigning its Podcasts app with iOS 14.5, long-standing bugs persist within the app, and Apple has introduced a number of crippling new usability issues, according to hundreds of reports from Twitter and Reddit users.
One notable issue that has not been fixed is syncing issues, as users report that the above issues with libraries not syncing, podcast settings not transferring, and listening on multiple devices still persist:
Some users reportedly noted that the new update has reset download preferences to download all episodes of the app, from Reddit:
I upgraded to iOS 14.5, then took my dog for a walk and listened to a podcast. I’ve been doing this for 6 years now (the hike and podcast part, not the upgrade to iOS 14.5 part … that was something unique) so all my settings are pretty ticked. I noticed that my phone was getting very hot, then I received a text message from AT&T that it had chewed up 75% of my data. Confused, I looked at the mobile data usage statistics and the Podcast app was over 8GB for the current period. I quickly turned off mobile data and finished my hike. When I got home, I noticed that the episodes for August 2020 were in the Downloaded folder. That’s when I checked the settings per episode and realized that the settings for each show had been reset to the default values.
Users have also reported problems finding unplayed podcasts, hiding played episodes, and more.
Have you updated to iOS 14.5? Please let us know if you are having trouble with the Apple Podcasts app.