Overcast is the latest app from Marco Arment, and it's one of the best podcast players on the App Store. The app has a simple and clean interface that does not ever feel cluttered, and it displays all of the necessary show information in the listing while showing off podcast artwork. Arment also has a curated section where you can find the best podcasts of any given category, and there are even Twitter recommendations from your friends if you choose to link your account. Searching for shows is fast and easy, and subscribing to a podcast is just a tap away. Or, if you just want to hear one particular episode, just add that episode! Overcast supports both streaming and downloading, so you can pick whatever you feel like doing at that particular time. The real magic behind Overcast are the playback features, which include Smart Speed to cut out silences in the audio so you waste less time, and Voice Boost that can make the audio louder than normal, which is great for shows with quiet voices.
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Unique features. Two of the best features in Overcast are Smart Speed and Voice Boost. These two features alone make Overcast completely worth using, and it makes the app stand out among the rest. So what is Smart Speed? With Smart Speed, the built-in algorithm cuts out those long, awkward silences between voices in the show, and shortens it to something that is more manageable. This means less wasted time and more content. Plus, the app keeps track of how many hours Smart Speed has saved you, so you know, you can listen to more podcasts with that saved time. Voice Boost will boost the voices and sound that play in the show, meaning any podcast with a quieter voice will be much more audible without any extra effort from you. It's a win-win!
Become a patron. Since Overcast is free, it's available for anyone to use freely. This includes the amazing Smart Speed and Voice Boost features. However, if you choose to become a patron for just a dollar a month (through in-app purchases of $2.99, $5.99, or $11.99), you will get access to some extra settings. These include the super nice dark theme (which looks much nicer than the default theme), as well as the ability to upload files into Overcast for playback. This feature is useful if you want to listen to audiobooks in Overcast, or if you're a podcaster yourself and want to hear a freshly recorded and edited episode before releasing it to your troves of fans. The patronage model is well worth looking into if you need these features.
Get recommendations. With Overcast, you can always find something new to listen to. That's because Marco Arment has decided to go with a hand-picked curation feature, where you can find the top shows of any given category of podcast. If you link up your Twitter account, you can also see what episodes your friends have recommended, or you can browse other recommendations for you based on your listening preferences. And when you find something interesting, you can just add one show to your queue or subscribe and get all of the new episodes — it's entirely up to you.
What is it about?
Overcast is a simple and clean podcast player that has many powerful features. Users can search for new shows from a curated section, get recommendations from Twitter friends, subscribe or download an entire show or just one episode, and get a better playback experience with the Smart Speed and Voice Boost functionalities. If you become a Patron you get bonuses like a Dark Theme and the ability to upload files into the app for playback.
For those who...
- Want the best podcast listening experience
- Like getting recommendations
Not for those who...
- Aren't podcast power-listeners
- Don't care about wasted time from silences and quiet audio
Why we love it
The unique features mean less time wasted and louder audio — what's not to love?
Overcast is FREE but there are more add-ons
App Store Description
A powerful yet simple audio podcast player, with features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost, and Smarter Playlists to help you listen to more podcasts in more places, try new shows, and completely control your experience.
Overcast is a modern, fully featured audio podcast player with many useful features in a simple, intuitive interface:
- Download podcasts for playing anytime, even when offline.
- Search and browse for new podcasts, plus get recommendations from Twitter.
- Create custom Playlists with smart filters and per-podcast priorities, and rearrange the list whenever you want.
- Receive optional push notifications when new episodes arrive.
- Subscribe to a podcast, or just add an episode: try new shows without committing.
- Download podcasts over cellular, set a sleep timer, or use Voice Boost to enhance and normalize speech volume.
- Adjust playback speed, and use Smart Speed to pick up extra speed without distorting the conversation.
- 3D Touch support
- Rich notifications
- Apple Watch app
- CarPlay support
Overcast is ad-supported. If you choose to purchase Overcast Premium to remove ads, payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the iTunes Store after purchase. Current price for the Season Pass is $9.99 USD per year, and may vary from country to country.