With the launch of iOS 15.1, Apple launched a brand new immediate for the Podcasts app that asks prospects to fee it, and because it seems, confusion over what’s being rated has led to an artificially inflated App Store 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 detrimental critiques from prospects unhappy with the design of the app. Now that Apple is asking prospects to fee the app, App Retailer rankings for the Podcast app have shot as much as 4.7 stars, a stark distinction.
Apple made no main adjustments to the Podcasts app so prospects will not be instantly happier with its design and efficiency – as an alternative, many individuals are leaving rankings for the podcasts themselves. As famous by Kosta Eleftheriou and highlighted at the moment by The Verge, most of the critiques are for the podcasts which can be obtainable by the Podcasts app, and never for the app’s performance.
The highest overview within the App Retailer proper now begins out with “Finest Podcast Ever!”, with the reviewer lauding the podcast they’d been listening to on the time the overview immediate popped up.
The remainder of the critiques are a mixture of one star feedback in regards to the design of the Podcasts app and optimistic critiques for podcast content material.
With the overview immediate, the Podcasts app is receiving hundreds of critiques per day, and plenty of of them are optimistic. Apple confirmed to The Verge that it’s utilizing a brand new immediate, the identical one obtainable to all builders. “With iOS 15.1 launched final month, Apple Podcasts started prompting listeners to depart a ranking and overview identical to most third-party apps — utilizing the usual Score & Evaluate immediate obtainable to all builders,” a spokesperson stated.
As The Verge factors out, Apple is breaking no guidelines utilizing this immediate that’s customary concern in third-party apps, nevertheless it’s deceptive for patrons in search of an excellent podcast expertise. The Podcasts app is the primary app that comes up once you seek for “podcasts” despite the fact that unaltered rankings counsel that different podcast apps supply a greater person interface.
Trying on the critiques of third-party podcast apps, nearly all of the rankings are for the apps themselves, and prospects don’t appear to be by accident providing critiques for podcast content material as is going on with the Podcasts app. It isn’t clear if Apple plans to take away its complicated in-app ranking immediate for the Podcasts app, however critiques for the Podcasts app actually shouldn’t be trusted.
Clients have been more and more sad with the Podcasts app since iOS 14.5, which is when Apple introduced a design change that introduced with it a number of bugs starting from issues with syncing to a difficulty inflicting large 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 changes in iOS 14.6, however the app has continued to build up detrimental suggestions.