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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 podgrove.com 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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