Why is playback failing with a MediaCodecDecoder Exception?

Q: I'm experiencing playback issues with all podcasts in the app, and I see an error related to 'MediaCodecDecoder Exception'. What does this mean and how can I fix it?

A: This issue typically indicates that there is a problem with the device's audio player service. The 'MediaCodecDecoder Exception' is a technical error that arises when the core system service responsible for audio decoding and playback encounters a problem. This service is crucial for playing audio content, such as podcasts, and if it crashes or malfunctions, it affects all audio playback on the device, not just within the app.
To solve this please reboot the device. Rebooting will restart the audio player service and all other system services, fixing any glitches or crashes that occurred.