iPodderX disses iTunes

On the Wizards of Technology, the iPodderX guys said of iTunes,

  • “spent the morning figuring out how it worked and what it did and didn’t do”
  • “figuring out how they got things working and not working, all at the same time”
  • “this isn’t just a competitor picking apart another competitor, I think Apple really rushed this to get it out there, to take advantage of the trend”
  • “I’ve seen a lot of comments on the internet and that it’s pretty horrible and they are going to stick with whatever client they are using”

Wow. Are they talking about iTunes, or iPodderX 3?

This coming from the guys whose client, iPodderX 3, is being banned from some sites because it is still downloading podcasts after they have been marked read, etc.

iPodderX 3 was so buggy when I tried it that I could not use it for more than 15 mins before it had downloaded all of my podcasts 3 times and the button to pause stopped responding.

iTunes rushed out? It works. I have more podcasts in iTunes than I was downloading in NNW (which is awesome for my rss feeds) and it’s just been working very well. Heck I listened to WoT in iTunes, which I got right off iTMS.

I understand the sour grapes, but come on guys, stop spending time on podcasts dissing iTunes and fix your software. iPodderX 3.0.1 still re-downloaded podcasts after I marked them as read. Not even iTunes does that. 🙂

I’d post this to their forums, but their forums are down also.

iPodderX is a advertiser on WoT.

I want the iPodderX guys to succeed – I believe in the small developer. But they have to deliver, not ship buggy software and complain about the competition.

1 comment

  1. Rushed out? They HAVE to be talking about their bug laded pile of dung. And I say this as someone that’s used iPodderX for several months.

    I was able to get past the download loop problem, but sometimes adding a new feed has this problem. And sometimes, a few days later, it wants to download stuff all over again, too. Sometimes I thought it might be because a new podcast had moved their files to a beefier server (new url, client didn’t know it was same file, ok, fine), but it looks like in most cases, iPlodderX was just plain stupid.

    I’ve been playing with iTunes – Podcast Edition for a day now. Took me only a few minutes to figure it out and get stuff working. Some feeds were essentially ‘slashdotted’ (slammed by millions of new users’ traffic) but other than that, it works great. I think Apple’s done a fine job – it handles all the basics and a few more advanced features as well. I does everything I need, at least for now, so that works for me and I’m a tough sell in general (what do you expect? I do QA for a living).

    I think it’s time the folks working on iPlodderX wake up and smell the coffee. Spend more time in design and bug fixing, don’t rush your releases out and make the client SOLID and with a richer feature set. THEN you might have a future for your software, otherwise, you’re gonna be eating iTunes dust, baby…

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