I had to update to iOS 6 sooner or later, and I knew that meant the Podcast app.
Still, a small part of me hoped that that it wasn't as bad as I heard.
Really, I was in denial.
It's true. All of my Podcast Playlists are gone.
Apple's share price is at 2001 levels -- really, that's not low enough.
Yeah, it's one tiny app that only a few geeks really use -- but we are the geeks that used Playlists and Smart Playlists. This is the kind of colossal screw-up that can't exist in isolation. It's worse than the infamous Maps mess because there Apple had a real business problem.
That podcast silence you hear is the dead canary.
And the big iTunes update is still supposed to be coming ...
Update: Listen to podcasts with Music app on iOS 6 - Mac OS X Hints says you delete the Podcast app and get Playlists back. I had to restart my iPhone with iOS 6.01 for this to work, but it did work.
Update 11/11/2012: After deleting Podcast.app and restarting video pod cats will again appear in Video.app. My kids like those.