With the launch of iOS 15.1, Apple launched a brand new immediate for the Podcasts app that asks clients to fee it, and because it seems, confusion over what’s being rated has led to an artificially inflated App Retailer ranking for the Podcasts app.
Previous to the October 25 launch of iOS 15.1, the Podcasts app had 1.8 stars and loads of unfavourable evaluations from clients sad with the design of the app. Now that Apple is asking clients to fee the app, App Retailer scores for the Podcast app have shot as much as 4.7 stars, a stark distinction.
Apple made no main modifications to the Podcasts app so clients should not instantly happier with its design and efficiency – as an alternative, many individuals are leaving scores for the podcasts themselves. As famous by Kosta Eleftheriou and highlighted in the present day by The Verge, most of the evaluations are for the podcasts which might be accessible by way of the Podcasts app, and never for the app’s performance.
The highest assessment within the App Retailer proper now begins out with “Finest Podcast Ever!”, with the reviewer lauding the podcast that they had been listening to on the time the assessment immediate popped up.
The remainder of the evaluations are a mixture of one star feedback in regards to the design of the Podcasts app and constructive evaluations for podcast content material.
With the assessment immediate, the Podcasts app is receiving hundreds of evaluations per day, and plenty of of them are constructive. Apple confirmed to The Verge that it’s utilizing a brand new immediate, the identical one accessible to all builders. “With iOS 15.1 launched final month, Apple Podcasts started prompting listeners to depart a ranking and assessment identical to most third-party apps — utilizing the usual Ranking & Evaluation immediate accessible to all builders,” a spokesperson stated.
As The Verge factors out, Apple is breaking no guidelines utilizing this immediate that’s normal problem in third-party apps, however it’s deceptive for purchasers on the lookout for a really perfect podcast expertise. The Podcasts app is the primary app that comes up while you seek for “podcasts” although unaltered scores recommend that different podcast apps supply a greater person interface.
Wanting on the evaluations of third-party podcast apps, nearly all of the scores are for the apps themselves, and clients don’t appear to be by chance providing evaluations for podcast content material as is going on with the Podcasts app. It’s not clear if Apple plans to take away its complicated in-app ranking immediate for the Podcasts app, however evaluations for the Podcasts app definitely shouldn’t be trusted.
Prospects have been more and more sad with the Podcasts app since iOS 14.5, which is when Apple launched a design change that introduced with it a number of bugs starting from issues with syncing to a problem inflicting big numbers of podcast episodes to be re-downloaded at one time. There have been an enormous variety of complaints, the truth is, which led Apple to make some modifications in iOS 14.6, however the app has continued to build up unfavourable suggestions.