November 27, 2014

Our top podcast apps for Android

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Podcasts are one of the most informative ways to get news, learn, or pass the time. Here are some of our favorite apps to manage your Podcasts on Android.

Pocket Casts

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With the user interface being arguably the most important feature of an app, this is where Pocket Casts stands out from the crowd. From its ease-of-use to the widget, this app is beautiful. It syncs well across devices, which is really handy. The Discover tab is a really nice touch. It shows what is featured, popular, and multiple categories. It’s easy to maneuver, and aside from the occasional bug, it’s dang near perfect. For $3.99, we’d say that it’s worth every penny.

Stitcher

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Next is Stitcher, a great option for either the power or casual listener. This one is also a great looking app, but comes with a decent helping of ads. It has basically the same UI as Pocket Casts, though the two differ in functionality. Stitcher offers Front Page, which is useful to see what’s trending. It’s a tag buggy and force close-y, but if you can get past that, Stitcher is definitely for you! You can pick it up in the Play Store for free, with, unfortunately, no ad-free version.

DoggCatcher

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Here is where we stray away a bit from the UI of the first two. Doggcatcher is very functional, though may not be the prettiest. It offers everything you’ll need in a Podcast app. However, this one hasn’t been updated, visually, in awhile. It sort of resembles an app that would be common in the days of Froyo/Gingerbread. Though that isn’t a make or break for us, we’d still like to see an update. You can pick up Doggcatcher for free as a 7-day premium trial, then it becomes a lite version. With the lite version, you’ll lose the ability to add more than ten feeds, no auto refresh, and more. If you’d like to pick up the premium version, it’s available in the Play Store for $2.99.

Player FM

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Lastly, Player FM is a solid Podcast app. It has a nice interface, and does just about everything you’d like it to do. It offers syncing across devices, and the ability to download media straight to your phone or tablet. Very simple, and very easy to use. If you’d like to try it out, it’s free in the Play Store.

What apps do you use to manage your Podcasts? Anything that we missed? Let us know in the comments!



  • DaWeav

    BeyondPod! Has multiple device play position syncing, Tasker plugin integration, and now has official Chromcast support just to list a few awesome features.

    • Bruce Willke

      I used BeyondPod quite a while ago, and moved to PocketCasts. I may need to give it a shot again

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  • macr0t0r

    How did Doggcatcher make it over BeyondPod? Do people still endure that old interface? I like the Pocket Casts interface, but at the time it lacked a “rich” notification control bar, and the occasional playback bugs were annoying. I went back to BeyondPod since it had all three control widgets ( lock screen, notification, and home widget), Chromecast support, and far more customizations for downloading.

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  • Andrew

    iPP Podcast Player!! Fantastic app with a great developer and it’s free unless you want to remove the ads

  • Shad

    I personally use podcast addict. It has a solid UI and I can search to find my favorite podcasts that I already listened to. A search engine within the podcast app is important to me because I like to re-listen to podcasts.

  • Vorastra

    This is your Top podcast apps because you haven’t bothered to try any. This is a sad excuse of a list. Copy pasted list as it seems almost all sites use the same list.

    AntennaPod and BeyondPod. Have you even heard of them?

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