Apple Podcasts app updated with custom stations, on-the-go playlists, new design, more

Apple has updated their Podcasts app. A lot. Version 1.2 now includes the ability to create custom stations that automagically update when new episodes become available. You can set your custom stations to start with the newest episode, so you always get the latest and the greatest, or the oldest, so you're less likely to miss a show. Stations get synced via iCloud across all devices, and playlists synced from iTunes on the desktop also now appear in the Podcasts app. Yeah.

The Now Playing interface has been updated, going from 2 screens down to 1, and forsaking the charming if controversial reel-to-reel animation of the original.

Podcasts also now badges the app icon to show unread count. Also, bug fixes and performance and stability enhancements have come along for the ride.

I'll have to try it out for a while to see how big these changes actually are in terms of usability. In the meantime, let me know what you think. Will you miss the reel-to-reel eye candy? How do the new custom station and playlist features work for you?