The worst app Apple ever made

Apple’s Podcasts app: barf.

(Credit: Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET)

Podcasts are all kinds of awesome. A Prairie Home Companion, This American Life, Wiretap, The Truth — there’s a virtually endless supply of great listening to be had free of charge.

Apple’s Podcasts app, on the other hand, is all kinds of suck. It’s so abysmal that I’m breaking my if-you-can’t-say-anything-nice rule to vent my hatred of it. Ever since it debuted last June, I’ve tried to put up with it, tried to work around its countless limitations and atrocious interface. But no more. I’m done.

What’s the problem with Podcasts? Ye gods, where do I start? Maybe with its very existence: Apple pried podcast listening out of the Music app instead of giving users a choice in the matter. What used to be easy — tap the Music icon that lives, omnipresently, in my bottom row, then tap Podcasts — now requires me to hunt for a separate app.

Plus, I can no longer navigate or listen to podcasts using my car’s audio controls. Oh, and playlists? Nuh-uh. I realize podcasts aren’t music, but I sure did like having them under that same roof. To my thinking, Apple tried to fix something that wasn’t broken.

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