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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wordoflife Avatar
152 months ago
iOS 6 is a bug
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xionxiox Avatar
152 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.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sazivad Avatar
152 months ago
The Podcasts app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podcasts/id525463029?mt=8) is still really bad.

Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
efktd Avatar
152 months ago
How about fixing the auto-brightness bug that's carried over iOS's since version 1?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Stetrain Avatar
152 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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac Fly (film) Avatar
152 months ago
Holy ****. Bad enough downloading it once.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)