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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.

Overcast

The best podcast player for iOS

Overcast

Unique features

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

First introduced in 2015, Overcast continues to offer some of the best playback features available to podcast listeners. With the 4.1 app update, three more tools have been added. Overcast's new Smart Resume feature allows you to jump back a podcast by a few seconds whenever you hit pause. This is a great way to catch up on a conversation before hearing something new. The Smart Resume feature is on by default. To turn it off, visit the Nitpicky Details section under the app's Settings page. The app also has a new option to auto-delete episodes 24 hours after completion. This means less clutter in your favorite podcast app and less space being used on your iOS device.

Why we love it

Finally, the new update now supports password-protected podcasts. On the Add URL screen, you'll find a "Use Password" option. Click on this to add the username and password for a password-protected podcast The rest of the Overcast 4.1 update offers bug fixes and other changes, as mentioned in the app's What's New page: - Fixed bugs related to glitchy audio, stalled playback, failed downloads, and disappearing play controls - Extremely large playlists now only show the most/least-recent 500 episodes to improve app performance for users with very high subscription counts - Rotation support is now iPad-only; iPhone rotation has proven too costly to maintain for its extremely low usage. My apologies to the few people who did use it.

Castro Podcasts

Castro 2 Brings a New Way to Manage Your Favorite Podcasts

Castro Podcasts

Discover new shows

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

A new Apple Watch app will allow users to control podcast playback and choose new episodes from the queue to play. Version 3.0 of the app features a rebuilt player engine that developer Supertop says provides a quicker start of playback and more responsive controls. The player screen also features a cleaner, simpler layout when listening to podcasts. You can also star the current episode from the player with a double tap of the artwork. AirPlay control are also available from the player screen. Castro is designed for the iPhone and all iPad models. It can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. You can take advantage of a one-week free trial of Castro Plus. After that, it will cost $3 for a three-month subscription or $9 for a year. That subscription offers a number of more advanced features. Some of those include the ability to trim silence, set a start position for episodes of each podcast, and to skip or select chapters in certain podcasts. Anyone who previously purchased Castro 2 can still take advantage of the night mode and enhance voices feature.

Why we love it

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.

’sodes

Listen to podcast episodes when you want to, not when they arrive.

’sodes

What Are Your Favorites?

The design of 'sodes is incredibly minimalistic, and it almost feels like an app that Apple designed themselves due to the aesthetics. On the first launch, you'll be greeted with a simple message that explains how to navigate the app, which is pretty straightforward since there's basically only two screens: Home and Search. The Home screen has a large 'sodes header in the top left, and then you'll have your Favorites, In Progress, and Unplayed Episodes. The Search screen is full of podcast artwork tiles from top podcasts, and there's a search bar in case you don't see what you're looking for. The default theme in 'sodes is Light, which features a white background and black text. But if you don't care for that, there are additional themes: Dark and Campfire. Dark is more of a steel blue background with light gray text, and Campfire features a burgundy-to-black gradient transition background with blood orange text. No matter which theme you end up sticking with, 'sodes retains the minimalist design and looks great doing so. Since 'sodes is designed for the occasional podcast listener, don't expect a way to import your previous subscriptions in here. Instead, you'll need to make use of the Search screen in order to find new or current favorites. Just tap on a podcast tile to view details about the show, and view their episode list. You can also add a podcast to your Favorites for quick access. If the show you want isn't featured on the Search view, you can search by name or pasting in a URL. Once you've picked out a few shows as favorites, you can see them all in the Home screen, as well as Unplayed Episodes. From the Home view, or even from a show's details page, you can tap on an episode and start listening, no subscribing required. With 'sodes, there are no downloads for episodes. Instead, the app relies 100 percent on streaming the audio, which may raise concerns for those with limited cellular data plans. However, 'sodes intelligently manages data consumption by downloading the audio data in portions. This information is temporarily on the device to help restrict network data usage, but there's no offline playback since a data connection is always required. During playback, 'sodes has some nice large buttons for play/pause, and rewinding or fast forwarding 15 seconds. You can also tap on the "..." button to adjust the playback speed, select audio output, stop playing, share the episode with others, or go directly to the episode website. The playback bar also displays the elapsed time in a small square that resembles an Apple Watch face, which I thought was a nice detail. Options for 'sodes is in the iOS Settings, but the gear icon in 'sodes takes you directly to it. You can change the forward and backward intervals, switch themes, and toggle "Keep Screen Unlocked" when the device is connected to power and you're playing an episode.

Why we love it

Other features include: ● Convenient home screen. – The “home” screen of the app has convenient access to your most favorite shows, in-progress episodes, and a few of the most recent unplayed episodes. ● Multiple color themes. – Switch from the Light to the Dark theme with a two finger swipe, like flicking off a light switch. Do it again to switch to the Campfire theme for ultra-low-light goodness (useful for moms ’n dads up at 3am rocking babies to sleep). ● Big, tappable buttons. – The player screen has extra large buttons with ample spacing. This should help anyone who has trouble tapping the right button in a hurry (walking, jogging, cooking, etc). ● Keep Screen Unlocked – A special feature for commuters: if you keep your phone plugged into a dashboard mount on long road trips, and you don’t have or can’t use Bluetooth controls, try enabling the “Keep Screen Unlocked” option in settings. This keeps your screen unlocked as long ’sodes is open AND it is playing (not paused) AND the device is connected to a charger. Why? Because then you can quickly pause or skip without fumbling to unlock your phone.

Apple Podcasts

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

Apple 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.