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Podcasts can provide great entertainment, and the iPhone is the perfect vehicle for them. Typically, you have your ...
Podcasts can provide great entertainment, and the iPhone is the perfect vehicle for them. Typically, you have your phone with you at all times, so you can dip in and out of your favourite podcasts whenever you get the opportunity.
If you’ve yet to investigate the world of podcasts, it’s something well worth doing. Personally, I listen to podcasts from my favourite DJs and record labels to keep up to date with the music scene, but you’ll be able to find podcasts relating to any hobby or interest.
To listen to podcasts on your iPhone, you need a tool to play them and manage them. There is an Apple podcast player (preinstalled on most devices or available free from the App Store), but it’s fairly rudimentary and not much loved by the podcast community. It has improved since the advent of iOS 7, but if you listen to podcasts a lot, you’ll probably want to switch to something better.
To that end, here are some suggestions:
If you use Flipboard, the popular news aggregator app, Pocket Casts will look strangely familiar, with a similar bold interface and lots of red detail.
It works rather like Flipboard, too, with the emphasis on the podcast artwork, resulting in a graphical display that looks rather like the iTunes album art view.
As a podcast player, Pocket Casts is simple but effective, with the expected search facilities and “Top Charts” views to help you find new podcasts that fit your interests. The player itself is a little rudimentary, but we feel inclined to forgive this thanks to the inviting graphical interface.
Downcast is another fairly simple option, but with a completely different focus to Pocket Casts. This time, it’s all about the text notes that typically accompany most podcasts.
This may hold no attraction for some, but many people who listen to music podcasts are keen to view track listings and other information, and find this far more important than admiring the artwork. So, if you are a music podcast fan, Downcast is well worth a try.
iCatcher is the enthusiast’s choice. It packs in a wealth of advanced features, and rewards the effort required to learn its custom gestures and controls.
If you listen to lots of podcasts and want really fine control of your player, iCatcher is perfect, but it’s huge array of features may be intimidating or distracting to those with more simple requirements.
Castro is at the opposite end of the functionality spectrum to iCatcher. On the face of it, this podcast app has only two features, which are effectively “add” and “play,” and further options are minimal.
Minimalism is what a lot of people are looking for, however, and the design is attractive and very much in keeping with the iOS 7 aesthetic.
Overcast is the newest podcast app on this list, and arguably the best all-rounder.
It’s minimalist in design, but there’s plenty of functionality under the hood, including various sound processing options to improve the listening experience.
Overcast is free in its basic form, with more advanced features available as an in-app download. Most people will probably find they can make do with the free version.