Apple's 'Podcasts' App Crashing on Launch

podcastsApple's Podcasts app appears to be malfunctioning for many users, crashing directly after being launched on both devices running iOS 7.1.1 and devices running iOS 8 beta 2. Multiple reports of the crashes have surfaced on Twitter, and MacRumors' own testing also revealed the same crashing-after-launch issue.

While the app will temporarily open after being tapped, it closes automatically just seconds later. The Podcasts app was last updated to version 2.1.2 with minor bug fixes on May 29, so it is unclear what is causing the app to crash.

Podcasts is one of Apple's most poorly rated apps and has been widely criticized for performance issues, with users complaining about syncing problems, podcasts being deleted, and more. Apple attempted to resolve some of these issues with Podcasts version 2.1, which introduced improved episode browsing, Siri integration, and syncing fixes, but the app continues to have a two star rating in the App Store.

As of iOS 8 beta 2, Podcasts is a default iOS app that comes pre-installed on iOS devices, meaning it can no longer be deleted. This change is expected to make its way into the public release of iOS 8, coming later this year.

The crashing issue appears to have begun this morning and it is unknown when a fix might be available.

Update 2:30 PM PT: Some users have had success turning on Airplane Mode and then opening the Podcasts app. This prevents it from crashing, and the app appears to stay open for some users after Airplane Mode is turned off, allowing it to function normally.

Update 10:00 PM PT: Users are now reporting that the Podcasts app is functioning normally once again.

Update 7/1 11:00 AM PT: The Podcasts app appears to be experiencing crashing issues once more, but the Airplane Mode fix continues to work for some users.

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Top Rated Comments

ignusfast Avatar
131 months ago
What a piece of ****. Amazing that Apple took a perfectly good podcasting application and thoroughly broke it just to add all the sync garbage.

Podcasting still works perfectly... On my several-year-old Nano.

So sad.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
QCassidy352 Avatar
131 months ago
Podcasts crashed the first two times I tried to open it today but stayed open after that.

Generally, I don't know why it's so poorly rated. It's simple but does everything I want in a podcast app.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SMIDG3T Avatar
131 months ago
It's simple.

On 7.1.1, it's not acceptable.

On iOS 8, it is because it's a BETA.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
frikova Avatar
131 months ago
I'm on iOS 7.1.1, iPhone 5s and latest Podcast app and it is working without problems.

Also, I don't know why people keeps hating this app, it has been getting better and now it is quite good.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bigandtasty Avatar
131 months ago
Did you get that from the Apple keynote? Hahahahaha.

So where do you put widgets on iOS8? Can you tell me what the point of a widget is?

Can your phone read webpages to you while you're driving?

Can you use a calculator and look at an email at the same time or take notes and look at an email or image at the same time?

The only thing iPhone has over Android phones is hardware design.

Free yourself.


Somebody ban this guy. Beat it troll!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dumastudetto Avatar
131 months ago
I haven't experienced a single crash with the Podcasts app. It's rock solid. Could it be happening only on jailbroken devices?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)