Pocket Casts Review
Find, keep and share your favourite podcasts with Pocket Casts on Android
Podcasts remain as popular as ever and it’s amazing to see just how many of them there are. Pocket Casts lets you search for podcasts and subscribe to them. It also allows you to organise them, share and play. In short, it is a one-stop app for pretty much every podcast need you will have, creating a central location for all manner of compelling content.
The search facilities are its greatest strength. You can not only use the direct search method of inputting a term and having the app find some results, but also look for the most popular or scour by genre. It works in an identical way to looking through Google Play for an app and this familiarity ensures that you instantly feel at home finding podcasts of interest.
Alternatively, you can select the Discover option. Using a front end that is not unlike a Windows Phone, the coloured blocks showcase a pick of podcasts, some of which may take you by surprise. From here, you can produce playlists. Podcasts can be downloaded and they can be organised too. But with the playlists you can see every unplayed; downloaded podcasts, for instance. It ensures you can keep on top of your growing collection.
Being able to sync and back-up is good too. Your subscriptions, playlists and podcasts transfer to your other Android devices, which is great if you upgrade in future or if you lose your device. And when you come to play back these podcasts, you can choose the speed too. Great for cycling through a podcast quickly, for instance.
There is, it has to be said, no finer app out there for this kind of thing. We like the way you can play a podcast while it is downloaded and the way you can set a sleep timer so that you can listen at night without the risk of waking up and finding it’s still on, thereby disturbing your sleep. Podcasts can be downloaded to a SD card or your device and the servers monitor your feeds so that everything is far more slick. It’s a winner.
The top podcast manager and a benchmark for app design in general.
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