The best podcast apps for iOS and Android


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Podcasts are more popular than ever, but what’s the best way to listen? There are a ton of apps that can do the job, and we tested many of them to uncover the best.


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42 thoughts on “The best podcast apps for iOS and Android

  1. My favorite app for Android is Beyondpod. It's a more powerful version of Pocketcast. I've been using it since Windows mobile (before the iPhone existed) and now that I have an iPhone. I miss it. You can play your own content (i.e. Audiobooks with Beyondpod). Unlike Pocketcast you can download any podcast as long as you have the feed not just the ones contained in the app's library. Oh, and you can cast your podcasts to Google's Chromecast.

  2. Dammit, this video is useless for me, I came here looking for something other than Pocketcasts. I hate that app. Half the time it says it's downloading episodes then when I get offline I find they haven't, or I get errors saying the player doesn't recognise the format of the podcast, despite me playing it once or twice already.

  3. I have been trying Overcast, and it seems to download new episodes automatically whenever there is a new episode available and you open the app. This gets annoying at times because I have many subscriptions that I don't necessarily want to listen to every episode. Or when adding new subscriptions, it will automatically start downloading the newest one. I would rather have the option to pick which episodes I want rather than automatically downloading everything. Both options as a setting would be nice.

    I believe I could turn off the setting to subscribe to all new episodes to stop the auto-downloads, but then it automatically turns off notifications. These notifications also seem to only be lock screen notifications?

    I have yet to try the paid upgrade because these features aren't listed, but does anyone know if its just not listed as part of the upgrade? With the paid version, can you manually download episodes while still getting notifications of new episodes to your subscriptions?

    If not, does Castro allow manually downloading episodes and app notifications like badges, along with auto-downloading new episodes?


  4. Apple's podcast app is great, I don't understand where the animosity towards it stems from. Every feature you mentioned in these two apps is in the Apple app. You never said what makes the Apple app bad. And how can you recommend an app that doesn't stream? That's a huge downfall. I listen to so many podcasts why would I want to bloat my space with all those downloads. Plus the Apple podcast app integrates Siri which is also a plus. You need to redo your assessment or atleast explain why you're downing the Apple podcast app. I'll go ahead and thumbs down this vid. Where's the real Verge/This Is My Next reviewers? Everyone's friggin jumping ship and the quality is taking a hit.

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