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Subscribe to any podcast in iOS Podcasts app iOS devices
Apple recently released a Podcasts app for iOS. This application has a number of performance and interface issues, but some podcast listeners may find it superior to using the Music app (though many standalone podcast apps have far more features than Apple's app).

When you look at the Podcasts app, it seems as though you can only subscribe to podcasts that are in Apple's store. This is not true, but the way to subscribe is unintuitive.

When you're in the Podcasts app and viewing your podcasts, there's a black bar at the bottom of the window with a Search field to the right. Paste a podcast URL into this field and tap on Search. A dialog will display asking if you want to subscribe to the podcast. Tap Subscribe to add it to your podcasts.
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Subscribe to any podcast in iOS Podcasts app
Authored by: debenedictis on Jul 06, '12 08:53:48AM
It seems to require the "http://" AND it is case-sesnsitive (must be lower case).
For example, these do not work:
  • feeds.howsound.org/HowSound
  • Http://feeds.howsound.org/HowSound
But, this does work:
  • http://feeds.howsound.org/HowSound
And, when you hand-type in the URL it automatically upper cases the initial H in "http"!
That goes beyond being counter-intuitive and borders on "user-hostile."

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Buggy app
Authored by: SeanAhern on Jul 06, '12 10:32:48AM

Too bad the app itself is as buggy as a back woods campout. All of the nice features won't mean squat if the app can't stay functional.



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Buggy app
Authored by: kirkmc on Jul 06, '12 11:16:34AM

Yea, it's pretty bad, isn't it?

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Buggy app
Authored by: raphaeladidas on Jul 06, '12 01:29:39PM

Is this THE buggiest first release Apple has ever put out? It's definitely the buggiest one I've ever used.



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Thanks! I ran into this with a couple podcasts
Authored by: Westside guy on Jul 06, '12 04:10:34PM

It's good to know how to get it to work. Now, if they'll just get the application itself to work properly, we may be in business!

I like the idea of a simple podcast app - but when simple stuff like jumping forward 30 seconds can freeze the app for an indeterminate length of time, there's something wrong. This is just an mp3 player... it really shouldn't require any significant resources.



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Thanks! I ran into this with a couple podcasts
Authored by: Westside guy on Jul 07, '12 10:49:04PM

Actually, I just tried this on my iPhone 3Gs and it doesn't work - at least for local podcasts.

I have a couple radio shows that I record off the internet and have a perl script that builds a simple rss feed out of the recordings. iTunes handles this feed just fine, but the Podcast app just comes back with "no matches" and gives no option to subscribe to it.

I'm following the instructions to the letter; have entered the URL starting with http://, and everything is lower case (per some comments). I tried it both using the .local address and the raw 192.168 address for the domain part of the URL.



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Subscribe to any podcast in iOS Podcasts app
Authored by: BearsFan34 on Jul 10, '12 08:01:25AM

I really tried to give the Podcasts app a full run for over a week; and I just yesterday switched back to Instacast. It's just way too buggy, slow, and perplexing to use. I really like this feature of adding via URL in the search bar, but getting to that search bar took an enormous amount of time.

Granted I stil have an iPhone 4 (not the 4S), but when I reloaded Instacast it was like a breath of fresh air upon seeing how much faster it was. I want to love the Podcasts app, but I guess we'll have to wait for another iteration before relying on it.



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Subscribe to any podcast in iOS Podcasts app
Authored by: PacoSf on Jul 19, '12 06:20:35AM

I've been really happy with my iOS Podcaster - RSS Player Podcast Client. It's a $1.99 paid App, and has been one of the best sources of mobile streaming music ever.

It supports over-the-air podcasts from the phone without syncing with iTunes.

Plus, it's been solid with streaming music since Edge Network and iPhone 1G. Somehow my older version, it still works in iOS 5?
I don't work for Alex Sokirynsky This Developer : But I continued to be impressed. He's put out one of the finest apps when it comes to driving around and streaming audio. Lilke I said, 2008/2009 and still going strong.

it's Podcaster 5 now. In the App Store




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