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Bug in iOS 6 Causes Multiple Downloads of Podcasts, Is Fixed in 6.0.1

NewImageThe Next Web reports on an apparent bug in iOS 6's AV Foundation that caused podcasts and audio streams to be downloaded multiple times unnecessarily.

The issue was first discovered by the Public Radio Exchange labs, which thoroughly examined the issue.
The issue is a potentially major one. The audio streams that are being pulled down by iOS 6 through a variety of apps including Apple’s Podcasts and others are being increased in size by a huge factor. The streams are being downloaded multiple times as connection errors cause them to fire off a new session. And, the entire time that a stream is active, it is being downloaded over and over.
TNW notes that the issue appears to be fixed in iOS 6.0.1, and did not occur in iOS 5. It appears to affect both customers on Wi-Fi and over cellular networks, so there is the potential for data overages affecting users downloading podcasts frequently. TNW claims that "some users have reported success contacting their carrier to have the overage charges removed."

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19 months ago
iOS 6 is a bug
Rating: 17 Positives
19 months ago

Because Android is bug free now?


SARCASM NOT DETECTED BY BOTH PARTIES. Please try to get your point across without assuming the other person is an idiot. Makes the forum a lot better.
Rating: 10 Positives
19 months ago
The Podcasts app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podcasts/id525463029?mt=8) is still really bad.

Rating: 4 Positives
19 months ago
How about fixing the auto-brightness bug that's carried over iOS's since version 1?
Rating: 4 Positives
19 months ago
I definitely noticed this. After seeing my data usage shoot way up (3GB in two weeks, usually I do less than 2GB for the whole month) I started testing the data usage of various tasks using the Usage tab in Settings.

I noticed that when I streamed a podcast from the Podcasts app instead of downloading it and then listening to the downloaded copy, it would use 200mb+ of data for a podcast that was only 20-30mb total to download.

Glad they fixed it, I've been avoiding streaming completely for the past month.
Rating: 3 Positives
19 months ago
Holy ****. Bad enough downloading it once.
Rating: 3 Positives
19 months ago
got hit with this bug as well and hit with data overage, that was a nice first bill :mad:

Thanks

by the way where are the iMacs? :p
Rating: 2 Positives
19 months ago
I was notified by my carrier (Rogers) that I had doubled my monthly quota in the first three days of my billing cycle. My quota is only 500 mb, but my average monthly cell data usage is only 184 mb.

I immediately downloaded DataMan and began closely monitoring my data usage. I also scoured the web for more info. One site indicated that Apple's Podcasts App might be the culprit. I dumped it and instead used the paid app Downcast.

My data consumption immediately went back to normal.

Rogers flatly refused to wave the data overage charges... So maybe I need to have Apple send me an iTunes gift card as compensation for the additional charges plus refund the money I spend on Downcast.

In any case, I have no intention to go back to Apple's Podcasts app. In twenty years, I have had very, very few issues with Apple products. I hope this isn't a sign of what's to come.
Rating: 2 Positives
19 months ago
This bug didn't only eff the audience of streaming audio; we provide mp3 archives of our Motocross/Supercross podcasts and weekly radio shows. This bug got us locked out of our server multiple times due to more than 20 terabytes of monthly bandwidth transfer via iOS 6 devices only.

You should see out server logs, it had us thinking we were under a DDoS although it always seemed fishy that the bandwidth spike coincided with the release of iOS 6.

I've been searching for a mention of this bug for weeks and finally today the stories are popping up everywhere.
Rating: 2 Positives
19 months ago
Wow....what a fiasco!!!!

That Podcast app was a mess from Day 1. I went Downcast and never looked back.

It's bad enough the thing didn't work, but to directly cause you customers to incur overage charges is an inexcusable bug.
Rating: 2 Positives

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