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The good acast. The podcatcher that works and has a carefully curated podcast directoryLooking for a popular podcast? Looking for the very top most popular podcast shows on the net? Do you not want to be bothered by some of those obscure hidden gems that everyone else is talking about? Then acast is for you!

Who needs a choice? Not if you are going to use acast. This little Android powered app doesn’t have that much in the way of shows available to listen too, unless you want to listen to something from NPR like This American Life, or the BBC. This is because almost all that they have in their catalog is NPR and BBC shows. It also looks like they have a lot of non-English shows so it could be that the app was created over in Europe. This is very possible and is great for European podcasters as that community is growing fast.

The Good

The options are Bling sound and Bling Vibration. Now, what is Bling? I thought it was just another name for sparkly jewelry. I could be wrong because I have no idea what Bling actually is other than it might be their name for a notification. You then get bling sound to tell you that there is a new show available. If this is the case it might help to explain what Bling is and why you would want it on.

They do have categories available and so if you are looking for a broad category you might find what you are looking here.

The directory is curated. This does make for a sparsely populated directory but if they are choosing only quality shows to appear then you will have only the best to listen too so though I am not a big fan of not allowing every podcast in I do understand the benefit of only having the cream of the crop. This way if you want if you better work at making your podcast the best it can possibly be.

The Bad

Selection, this app doesn’t have it. You are not able to add other RSS feed to the list. The only shows you can listen to are the shows they have curated on their directory. Now are they growing? I am going to assume so because I submitted Podcast Dojo to their directory and I received an auto-responder stating that there is a backlog of submissions that they are plowing through so yes it may be added in the next week or next year.

Not able to add RSS feeds to the show list nor are you able to add OPML files to bulk add your shows to the application. Again you are able to listen to their approved shows and their shows only. This can be good but when you are limited to the only language you understand being English then, your choices are drastically reduced.

It is great to know that there is a group that is taking the time to develop an application that is manicured and curated to a specification. The problem is if that is going to be the case there are going to need to be more people listening to the shows and use the RSS tags to find out what categories are being used. Will keep an eye open on this app. I will say it might work for a beginner app because they will be able to find some great quality shows. Yet, that new listener may only get a very small glimpse of the huge world of podcasts topics that are actually out there, grow frustrated with the lack of selection and give up.

So, If you are wanting to test drive a podcast manager app then you can try this out but you might want to also keep your eye peeled for an app that will accesses a wider number of shows. but then again you might find all that you want right here

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outdated abandon wareA few weeks ago I was listening to The Feed with Elsie and Rob and the topic of Android podcatchers came up and they were talking about how much potential this fairly new app had if they executed their thoughts correctly. Since I am currently on a quest to find the good podcast managers out there thought this would be good to try to be current and talk about a new app that has been released.

I downloaded this app ACast, and this app does have some pretty neat ideas. And that is all this app has is ideas. The app creators were thinking of trying to get as many different avenues of finding a podcast. Great idea but poorly executed.

Now before I go into this bash fest let me give an over view of what this podcatcher is suppose to accomplish.

Say you are wanting to search for Podcast Dojo. You Go to the “Add” Tab and you see 5 sub-tabs. The first of these tabs is Search. When you press the search tab you get a menu that says

  • Podcasts
  • Podgrove
  • DigitalPodcast
  • PodcastSearchService
  • Twitter
  • Media & News
  • Google

Now when you searched Podcasts you get a quick flash at the bottom that says temporary error.

Go and search on PodGrove and you get “Found 0 Results” Try to find Podgrove on Google and you dont have anything If you good to you have a Ruby on Rails error. So I would be lead to think that this is the site and it has been down for a good while.

If you search using DigitalPodcast you get the same error message “Found 0 Results”. I thought this directory sounded familiar. So, I looked and yes it is in the List of directories you want to use, that means that Podcast Dojo should be in the directory, and sure enough when I tried to resubmit the feed to Digital Podcast I get the message that the feed is already submitted. So, that tells me that the api that ACast is using is closed now, and the app maker hasn’t updated their app.

Podcast Search Service option got a result for Podcast dojo again I had submitted the show to that directory

Twitter might have worked but it was shut down when Twitter changed their API

Media & News you get a “Temporary error!”

Google still works.

The Digital podcast result got my attention and I decided to look at their blog. And then saw that their app hasn’t been updated in over 38 Months! I thought this was a new app? With the results of my searching I found out that yes there is a new app called acast, not ACast which I was trying to review. So with all that I found I can not recommend this app if any reason because it is abandoned ware. There will not be any new updates so. This is the first 1 star in the review list, and I bet you know who the next app review is going to be?

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Find out what podcast host is the best for youI am gathering a list of podcast hosting providers to use is a podcast hosting review. If any of you good readers know of one that is not listed here please let me know and I will add it to the list and when I think we have enough I will post my thoughts and the results.

The route I am looking at taking is talking to each hosting provider, if I can and get their side of the story and then look at the a set list of criteria and  grade each one and the person with the highest score wins.

Now will this actually work in the style I am thinking? I really do not know and just my first attempt to thin out the growing confusion of new hosting providers that are cropping up now that podcasting is getting more and more popular.\

What are some of the tests that will be used?

  • hosting price
  • download speeds
  • Do they compress the file?
  • Do they change the art work?
  • Does the hosting service change the ID3 tags
  • How much space do you get?
  • Can you migrate your feed from the hosting service?
  • do they batch upload?
  • How much does it cost to batch upload?
  • Use of Byte Range Request

Who is in the shootout as of now…

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BluBrryhttp://www.blubrry.comRan by Rawvoice
Libsynhttp://libsyn.comOne of the originals
FirePypehttp://firepype.comNew kid on the block
SoundCloudhttps://soundcloud.comMent for musicians but...
Spreakerhttp://www.spreaker.comTeamed up with iHeartRadio
BlogTalkRadiohttp://www.blogtalkradio.comLovingly despised by the podcasting community.
Audiometric pay you!
Self hostedon shaky ground
Amazon S3
TalkShoehttp://www.talkshoe.comTalking using your phone
Simplecast.fmhttps://simplecast.fmYou have to pay but...
My Podcast Worldhttp://mypodcastworld.comOn an Amazon service.
Google Drive use
Onedrive Use
Dropbox outside the box?
Audiomackhttp://www.audiomack.comAnother new kid on the block
Mixcloudhttps://www.mixcloud.comAre they mixing it up?

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Cast++ podcatcherNow a software developers time and work should be compensated. This I understand as much as anyone. Yet if you are going to give a person a taste of a your product then make it a taste not a tease. That is exactly what the developers over at Heawo Studios have done. They dont give you a a sample of a mediocre product. They give you a tease of a mediocre product. That product is Cast++.

Lets look at the positives

Cast++ has a huge repository of shows. This is because, this podcast manager connects itself to the iTunes directory. So, you get all of the glory that is iTunes on your android powered device. The Interface a clean and intuitive with an easy to identify as subscription, play, repeat, and settings.

What is missing

Options! There are no options in this app. granted that can be argued as a good thing it is not good to have NO options. If you go into settings, you will not see anything other than Rate the app, buy the pro version and contact us.

There is no download options. You can not chose when this podcatcher will decided to download the latest episode of what ever show. of course that is because there is no auto download. Nope if you want to download  all of the latest shows you have to go down the line one by one and start the download yourself. So, lets hope you are not running late on a Monday, ’cause you will have to eat up your data plan.

There is no way to add  multiple shows with an OPML file. Nor does this lite version of the Podcatcher even allow for more than 3 shows! Ok granted many beginner podcast listeners only listen to about 3 shows so that might work. Power consumers? No, you don’t want this app either, if for any reason because of the no auto download

That is right

Now I do understand that the developers should make money from their hard work. Yeah capitalism! Yet…

Now yes I did use the lite version and at the bottom  it says you get more options with the pro version. I did go and throw 5 dollars at this developer and took a look at the changes you receive for payment. You get more podcasts… yep that is it. nothing other than that so. Cast++ Not worth the 5 dollars they want you to punk down for an app that has no options at all.

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