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What app do you use to listen to podcasts and why do you like it?

I've used Pocket Casts before, but I switched to Google's very own Podcasts app some time ago. I'm not a frequent listener - I probably do two podcasts a week.

I just discovered that the app doesn't support RSS feeds which is a real bummer. I'm wondering if I should go back to using Pocket Casts.

I'd love to know what podcast app you use and why you like it?

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awwstn's avatar
2 months ago

I've been using Overcast for years and I love it. Have tried Breaker, Apple Podcasts, Castro, and a few others. Always end up back with Overcast! It's simple and has all the features I want.

3 points
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@ezramechaber (replying to @awwstn )
2 months ago

Three cheers for Overcast. The only two features I wish it had: mark specific episodes as “favorites” and give me a history of listened-to podcasts. Everything else about it is the GOAT.

1 point
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@shankarganesh (replying to @awwstn )
2 months ago

Cool! I've heard a lot of good things about Overcast.

1 point
maguay's avatar
3 months ago

I don't tend to listen to Podcasts, though when I have had more driving and listened to them more, I used Overcast. It's nicely designed, and I've followed its developer for years, so that seemed an obvious choice.

Now, when I listen to the occasional podcast, I typically either list in browser or on Spotify (which perhaps isn't the best choice for the open podcasting ecosystem, but it makes it easy for someone who doesn't listen to podcasts all the time).

2 points
SelleySauce's avatar
3 months ago

I love Google's own podcast app. I love the clean, spaced out design, but the recent update took two steps backwards;

  1. It removed the grid view - Which now means you have to scroll horizontally across one row of icons to find your podcast
  2. You can only cast from the home screen. So when I hit play on a podcast, I have to go back 2 steps to get to the cast icon.

And yes, I agree the lack of RSS feed is a real bummer. I also have to resort to 'Pocket Casts' when listening to Sam Harris's paid for RSS feed.

2 points
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@shankarganesh (replying to @SelleySauce )
2 months ago

I'm doing the same now - using Pocket Casts to listen to that one paid podcast that I'm subscribed to :)

2 points
natemsj's avatar
2 months ago

PocketCasts is the one for me. Love the accompanying web app and the small touches like being able to change the colour of the app icon. The queue UX they offer is also the best I've seen. Finally it was originally developed in Adelaide, Australia and I'm a sucker for an app made in my country of birth.

2 points
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@shankarganesh (replying to @natemsj )
2 months ago

I love products from Australia. They're incredibly well crafted (dovetailapp.com is another example)

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@natemsj (replying to @shankarganesh )
2 months ago

Agree. I am mates with the designer founder of Dovetail. He's a legend.

2 points
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@anartam (replying to @natemsj )
2 months ago

I use PocketCasts as well. Nice features, nice design. I can organize my podcasts in categories. I don’t use Spotify for listening to podcasts. I think music and podcasts together is a bit messy.

1 point
sanikin's avatar
2 months ago

I was using Apple Podcasts app but lately I switched to Spotify. I like how Spotify allows to track played / not played and new episodes. I also use a bit higher speed 1.2x feature.

2 points
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@shankarganesh (replying to @sanikin )
2 months ago

I use the higher speed feature when something goes on and on, too :)

1 point
NormanChella's avatar
2 months ago

Since stuck at home, I mainly use Podchaser on web to listen to all my usual shows. You can have lists to categorize the shows you like the most, follow the ones you're a fan of, and more. It's cool they're becoming the IMDB of podcasts. You can also track listened episodes and give them a rating too

On mobile it's Castbox - they have a custom lists function which is extremely important for me (There's a ton I'm subscribed to!) and as much as I like how amazing PocketCasts looks, they have no subscribe show category function + web app is a paid thing. Bummer

2 points
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@shankarganesh (replying to @NormanChella )
2 months ago

That's two votes for Castbox in this thread. I'll go check it out right away :)

1 point
gopals's avatar
2 months ago

PocketCasts is the best of everything I have tried (Google Podcasts, Overcast etc.) Wide selection, can import any not included, supports paid feeds, vastly customizable and works on any platform.

2 points
kranthitech's avatar
2 months ago

I mainly use CastBox, and sometimes Google Podcasts. Pocketcasts sounds interesting, will check it out.

1 point
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@shankarganesh (replying to @kranthitech )
2 months ago

Never heard of Castbox. I'll check it out!

1 point
scott's avatar
2 months ago

I switch between Apple Podcasts and Overcast.

Side-note: I've created a podcast smart linking solution for creators that helps in promoting shows with one, universal link: https://plinkhq.com/

1 point
siddxxvii's avatar
a month ago

I listen to podcasts on Google podcast app, its simple sync on every device is free. But if you really want to go out of the way and want to have more features then I would say Overcast and breaker.audio. I personally like breaker.audio as well because it has nice social features like what your friends are listening and comment on episodes.

1 point
avusnex's avatar
a month ago

Switched to Castbox several months ago, but will not renew the subscription: Spotify scratches the itch just as well and I'm using Premium anyways.

However, I don't really have anything bad to say about Castbox per se. One key feature—it's a client, not a platform, so any podcast will appear there as soon as its RSS feed is created. Spotify requires separate uploads to their platform (it used to, anyways)

1 point
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