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Podcast Apps on iOS

The Best Podcast Apps on iOS

Listen to your favorite podcasts, and discover new ones wherever you go. These are the absolute best Podcast Apps on the App Store.

Podcasts

Podcasts is Apple's default offering for those who listen to podcasts

Podcasts

Explore the world of podcasts

Those who just want a barebones podcast player.

Apple's Podcasts app is a fairly barebones podcasting app that does the basics. You can search for your favorite shows, subscribe to them, download them to your device for offline listening, and adjust playback speed and settings to your liking. The interface for Podcasts is rather simple and clean, fitting in with the rest of the modern iOS aesthetics.

Why we love it

We like it because it's the barebones default option for those who just want something simple. It does the job and it is simple enough for anyone.

Overcast: Podcast Player

The best podcast player for iOS

Overcast: Podcast Player

Unique features

For those who want a powerful and feature-rich podcast listening experience.

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.

Why we love it

The unique features mean less time wasted and louder audio — what's not to love?

Castro: Podcast Player

Castro 2 Brings a New Way to Manage Your Favorite Podcasts

Castro: Podcast Player

Discover new shows

For anyone who wants an easier way to manage their podcast subscriptions.

Supertop is at it again with Castro 2. In this revamped version of Castro, users can easily discover new shows or import existing podcast subscriptions from other apps. All new episodes go to the Inbox, where you can review episode descriptions and determine what is worth listening to, and then archive the rest. You can also find new shows and just listen to individual episodes, add them to the top or bottom of your queue, favorite them for reference later, and even subscribe if you want to get new episodes delivered to the inbox. Swipe vertically with two fingers to toggle day or night modes, and fine tune your various podcast player settings. Castro 2 is a must for any podcast enthusiast who wants a better way to manage their podcasts while still having a gorgeous app to look at.

Why we love it

Castro 2 features a beautiful new design and makes management of your podcast subscriptions and episodes easier than ever before.

Pocket Casts

A One-Size-Fits-All podcasting experience

Pocket Casts

Discovery

It's the perfect little podcast app for anyone who wants a beautiful experience.

Pocket Casts is available on a variety of platforms, making it a true cross-platform podcast player solution for those who deal with multiple devices. Just create an account so that your subscriptions go everywhere with you, and then discover new shows and subscribe to your heart's content! The app's playback interface changes color to match the podcast artwork, which is one of the best features and makes it stand out among the rest. You can stream, download, and even import and export your feeds if needed. It's a simplistic and gorgeous solution for your podcast listening needs.

Why we love it

Its beautiful and provides powerful options and customization without being too complicated.

iCatcher! Podcast Player

When you want flexibility

iCatcher! Podcast Player

Find and search

For those who want some power in their podcast player but don't particularly care for looks.

iCatcher is another flexible and powerful podcast player that is similar to Downcast but has a somewhat better interface design. Users can easily find the shows that they are looking for, subscribe or download individual episodes, create playlists and set custom rules so that they don't have to do much work when it comes to listenng to what they want when they want it, and more. It's another app that is fantastic for power users, but not particularly useful for those who prefer a simple listening experience.

Why we love it

While it may not look the prettiest, it has solid functionality and features that any power user would appreciate.