The Podcasts app, released by Apple last month, is a thing of potential beauty. I’ve already returned to a state of podcast listening due to the app, which lets me find and focus solely on the podcast content I need, without all the kludgy hassle of syncing and downloading.
Notice I said “potential” beauty. The app is really not ready for prime time, with freezes, crashes and a dearth of sync between, for example, an iPhone and an iPad. That’s set to change later today, according to “sources” mentioned at AllThingsD, with an update to the Podcasts app that should fix these issues, at least.
It’s surprising that the app came out so unfinished, as Apple has long held to a tradition of only releasing software that’s been fairly well vetted for these kinds of bugs. In fact, the Podcasts app is averaging a 2.5 star rating in the App Store reviews, with about 2,400 of the over 5,500 reviews are one star ratings. This is unheard of for Apple-created software on any App Store. In the fast-paced world of the App Store and $20 operating system updates only a year after the previous release, it’s possible that Apple will start releasing stuff a bit before it’s ready, in order to be first out of the gate. Or maybe they just missed the bugs. I’m betting on the latter.