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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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25 months ago
iOS 6 is a bug
Rating: 17 Votes
25 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 Votes
25 months ago
How about fixing the auto-brightness bug that's carried over iOS's since version 1?
Rating: 4 Votes
25 months ago
The Podcasts app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podcasts/id525463029?mt=8) is still really bad.

Rating: 4 Votes
25 months ago
Holy ****. Bad enough downloading it once.
Rating: 3 Votes
25 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 Votes
25 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 Votes
25 months ago
I knew there was something dodgy about the POS podcast app. It was using up mad data before I had the good sense to delete the app.
That and random starting after calls. Was very disappointing.
Rating: 2 Votes
25 months ago
This is exactly why I hang onto my unlimited data plan.
Rating: 2 Votes
25 months ago
Podcast handling has been atrocious in iOS 6 almost seems entirely untested. The new dedicated app Apple offers is the worst piece of software I have seen in a really long time and I am amazed that it came from a company known for refining their stuff to the ninth.

iOS 6 in general was a really bad update and I must say that I am happy that Forstall got at least canned for it. Apple needs to get their **** together.

T.

PS: .. shout out for Pocket Casts (https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/pocket-casts/id414834813?mt=8) .. now that is how Apple should have done their Podcast App!
Rating: 2 Votes

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