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Some issues addressed, some added!
I haven’t written too many reviews for the iPhone/iPad apps, primarily because the points I want to make are covered in others’ reviews. But Instacast is the most used third-party app on my iPhone. Unfortunately even after the 4/5 rating, I am slightly disappointed by the new version. The app gets a 4 star because the app still excels in its core functionality. Amazing interface, easy management of podcasts, multiple options, seamless sync (with 3.01) and fast refreshes. The few things bringing this app down for me: •Slow downloads – even on 30Mbps wifi at home, sometimes the downloads get stuck (more so for podcasts older than 6 months). The ‘time left’ reaches 90 minutes or so at times! Clicking on the ‘x’ and re-downloading seems to solve the issue most, if not all, of the times. •iPad interface is weird. Like others have mentioned, artwork centers with lots of blank space. The amazing interface functionality on the iPhone makes me wonder if the same people designed the iPad interface! •The two main UI – Subscriptions and Playlists are both divided into two halves. Wouldn’t it have been neat if you could move the area the halves occupy? I haven’t yet found the usefulness of the smart playlists or regular playlists and so the left half of the ‘Playlists’ tab is almost completely empty – wish there was an option of expand the other half. •On the iPad again, when looking at the artwork with tons of blank space, why couldn’t there be the Bookmarks and Chapters on the same view? •I believe it is okay to change a feature if the new version improves on the original. In these cases I am okay with having a learning curve. But I don’t see how tapping a tiny ‘i’ next to each episode is better. I have already accidentally tapped on it and started streaming a podcast instead of checking out it details to see if I wanted to download it. What does this change accomplish? •It’s the same with the change in the deletion setting. In this new version, the episodes DO NOT get deleted automatically after you have played them completely or manually marked them as played. The only time I want to keep a podcast for long is when I really like the episode or I want to come back to it again later – both rare cases. So, I fail to understand why auto-deletion is taken out. •Also, for a NEW app and so much hype, I was hoping to get a few more interface changes on the iPhone app. Again, these problems are minor annoyances I would like to see addressed, but the core experience is still a lot of fun.
Abeworld on Dec 10, 2012 for Instacast 5
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A complete mess. This developer isn't interested in keeping customers.
I have no problems paying for apps. Even paid upgrades are fine as far as I'm concerned. I love supporting the developers of my favorite apps because I want them to keep improving and supporting their apps. Instacast has been one of the set of apps I use everyday. I love podcasts, and Instacast has been perfect for my needs. Despite the bad reviews I decided to pay anyway as I'd never used Instacast on iPad and figured between it and cloud syncing it was clearly worth $5. However, None of the new functionality is working for me: • Sync just doesn't work. I've been jumping between my iPhone and iPad all weekend and sync only worked once out of about 10 attempts • I couldn't get continuous play to work on my iPhone at first. I had to manually kill the app and flip the settings several times before it finally took. • The iPad interface is a mess. Volume control disappears in portrait, yet the artwork centers on the screen with lots of black space. Is this the best that could be done? Why not take better advantage of all the screen real estate? • Speaking of screen space, there is plenty of room on iPhone 5 to not have to slide the controls on the bottom? The paging control doesn't work well when trying to scrub either the track time or volume sliders. I have no idea where Vermedio is trying to go. Their in-app purchase model for version 2 wasn't working, so instead they decided to punish *ALL* their customers with an upgrade that wasn't ready. It really seems like they are more interested in what's better for them than better for their customers. I hope they can turn this around, but at this point I think it is better to just try something else.
schlagendaz on Dec 9, 2012 for Instacast 5
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Don't get this app.
This used to be my favorite podcast app, but today I naught an iPhone 5 and was forced to pay another $5 to download the app. They changed everything in the new app. I can no longer delete my played podcast from the information page. You now have to dig into menus. And when I an in the list of un-played podcast you have to hit the tiny i to get the info for the podcast. I am getting a mother podcast.
Philbert81 on Dec 8, 2012 for Instacast 5
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Good app, retrieving subscriptions doesn't work
Export your subscriptions to an OPML file before deleting your old version of Instacast because this version's cloud sync does not work. Otherwise, Instacast is still the best podcast app on the app store. However, let's hope this is the last time we're asked to pay for new features for a while. I think at this point it's gotten a little bit old, especially considering how much functionality most apps give away for free in upgrades
oogaboogabooga123 on Dec 8, 2012 for Instacast 5
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I'm fine paying for software updates that improve my life. This is an update that promised to fix bugs with sync and the poor usability on the iPad with a fresh coat of paint. Unfortunately it does neither as sync does not work at all, and the app consistently crashes. I moved to Apple's podcast app which this surprisingly makes look stable and thoughtfully designed.
Justin Williams (@justin) on Dec 8, 2012 for Instacast 5
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Great update
Great new app, I'm happy with it for now. I liked to pay for Instacast again, I just have to support the developers behind this app. Everything works great for me, also like the new icon :)
A happy Instacast user 158 on Dec 8, 2012 for Instacast 5
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