Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

Pros
  • Astounding neat and polished interface
  • Amount of sources
  • Smooth performance
  • Multi-device support and sync, including Chromecast
Cons
  • There's not trial version
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Expert's Review
9.1
Awesome

"Podcasts prefer Pocket Casts"

Reviewed by / May 12, 2014

A top-notch app to listen to podcasts and watch featured videos

Things aren't happening anymore on your tele but on the Internet. Thousands of blogs, vblogs, video streaming channels, conferences... Cutting-edge info and entertainment resources are on the cloud waiting for you to watch and listen to. However, given the massive production is quite difficult following most of them. Pocket Casts makes it easier by providing an accessible layout where you may find, all together, worth-to-catch podcasts and featured videos.

A huge catalog of sources that release high-quality podcasts and videos on a daily/weekly basis. You can easily subscribe those channels you like the most and get notified when a new resource comes up. Listen to them directly from your smartphone or sync your account throughout different devices, including Chromecast. Yes, you can now mirror content and watch/listen to it directly from your TV. Your tele, re-invented and meeting your consuming demands.

You can download or stream content, sort episodes, mark as played/unplayed, share content and add content filters. Full-featured app.

Pocket Casts' interface is equally beautiful and intuitive. A Holo-style layout that makes it easy to navigate through and a smooth performance that makes you coming back over and over.

The only catch is that there's not a trial version and the price is over the average of what users are accustomed to pay. It's worth every cent though.

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Developer's original description available here
We love podcasts, so we made a podcast manager that is full featured, beautiful and simple to use. But don’t take our word for it:

Google Play Editors’ Choice March 2014
"Pocket Casts is a Gorgeous Cross-Platform Mobile Podcast Manager" - Lifehacker
“It looks great, and is near perfect" - Beautiful Pixels

"We've been using v4.5 for a little while now, and it's a damned fine upgrade, and well worth the $3.99 if you've been waiting to give it a shot" - Android Central

AUTO DOWNLOAD: Pick any podcast you like, set it to auto-download while you sleep. Save your cell data for when it matters.

SYNC & BACKUP: Sync your subscriptions, playback and filters between Android and iOS devices, and backup your data to the cloud. You can now drop your phone in a toilet and not lose your podcasts. We dare you.

FILTERS: Want a list of every unplayed, downloaded podcast? Right here. How about a list of video episodes that you haven’t downloaded yet? Easy. Sorting your shows by custom categories? Done.

CHROMECAST: Cast your episodes straight to your TV with a single tap.

STORAGE: Set your episode storage location and how many episodes of a podcast you want to keep. We’ll clean up the rest. News mode added for the contemporaries among us.

VARIABLE SPEED: Play MP3 audio all the way from 0.5x to 3.0x, no dodgy plugins to download, no fuss, just pure unadulterated speed.

DESIGN: We've kept a close eye on the Android design guidelines while making your podcasts the focus.

VIDEO & AUDIO: Pocket Casts lets you toggle video podcasts to audio and back again for when you’re on the move.

CONTROL: Control your podcasts from the widget, notification center, lock screen, headphones, Bluetooth, Android Wear and even Pebble with custom skip intervals.

SLEEP TIMER: Fall asleep to your favorite boring podcasts.

THEMES: Dark and light themes, to suit your location and mood.

REFRESH: Instantly refresh all your podcasts before other apps even have a chance to do 1! Our server monitors your podcasts, so your phone doesn't have to.

OPML: Import or export your subscriptions easily to and from our app.

TABLET SUPPORT: It’s an equal opportunity app, with support for both phones and tablets.

SHARING: Share your favorite podcasts, episodes and positions in episodes. Sharing is caring.

DISCOVER: Find great new content with curated featured podcasts, currently trending podcasts, networks and much more.

SUPPORT: Provided via email, Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Heck we occasionally even log in to Reddit to say hello. We also have a rocking User Guide for those that prefer a little hand-holding.

There are many more powerful, straight forward features help you make Pocket Casts yours and in case you were wondering, here’s what Pocket Casts DOESN’T have: ads, episode limits, pushy trials, feature bloat or plugins.

It. Just. Works.

Recently changed in this version

- Variable speed playback fixes: more Darth Vader and Alvin & The Chipmunks removal. Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox can be so mean sometimes. It was fair use I tells ya!
- Download fixes: we found some cases where auto download wouldn't, well auto download. Now it auto downloads. Automatically.
- Fixed a bug that could cause a podcast to start playing from the beginning after a phone call. I can't believe you people still make calls on these things!


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Comments and ratings for Pocket Casts
  • (75)

    by milochan on 06/11/2011

    Unreliable. This app relies on servers to implement podcast search and update features. When servers are up, life is great. But making servers highly available is grownup work.

  • (75)

    by Bjorn B on 05/12/2014

    I was hoping this app would name the file it downloads, as I like to download and use file on mp3/mp4 player; but it doesn't, it merely lists as random letters and numbers. Please fix this in update. As this app is the best Podcast App I've used, it's worthy of 5 stars if it adds above function. Thank you! :-)

  • (75)

    by Omar Salazar on 05/12/2014

    Amazing podcast manager, but can you guys look into adding a search function within a podcast's archive. Thanks.

  • (75)

    by Mike Noggler on 05/12/2014

    I did not like the bp update at all, this app is much simpler, love it after just 30 minutes of setting it up.

  • (75)

    by Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani on 05/12/2014

    Was working great on my Nexus 7(2013), but since I updated it to lollipop video podcasts won't play in the app anymore. Also would love it if it gets the landscape video playback option regardless of orientation of device as a setting.

  • (75)

    by daniel urrutia on 05/12/2014

    It does what it' s supposd to do im satisfied

  • (75)

    by Thomas Hutchinson on 05/12/2014

    There's a weird interaction with android wear and phone calls. The app instead of pausing the podcast it seems to increase the volume and keep playing through phone calls unless closed.