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podcatcher for androidAntennaPod is described as

…an open-source podcast manager for Android 2.3.3 and above. It offers all the basic features you expect from a podcatcher, like streaming and downloading episodes, refreshing all feeds automatically or adding them to a queue to listen to them later. Moreover, AntennaPod lets you flattr podcasts and episodes from within the app.

And that is just about all that it does. Looking at the app you have the basics.  Download, playback, playback at variable speeds, streaming you can set your download options so that it will only download on Wifi, this is good so that people are not eating up their data plans.  You can also set your max number of episodes you want to have on your device so that shows you don’t listen to very much are not taking up too much room

Big drawback for Power consumers is that there is not organization options on the app. That mean if you have a hundred different shows you will have to manually organise them so you hear what you want first. There are no list options. So, this does cause a problem for category or list makers who only like listening to certain shows first. For the people who only listen to one or two shows then this will not be too much of a problem.

AntennaPod does integrate with gPodder Podcast network so that you can find new shows, but the search is very basic and so if you are searching for a specific show then use the quotes or you will be digging through 2000 different pages. Yet in the same breath you can manage your subscriptions through gPodder or through your decvice. So the ease is great for everyone.

Speaking of ease the makers of AntennaPod also integrated Flattr in to the app  so that you can throw shome shekels at your favorite podcast host and help them pay for their hosting or coffee.

This app is pretty balance needs some features like the ability to automatically notice podcast feeds and offer ability to subscribe. This would go a long ways in helping new podcast listeners into finding shows that they like. Yet, other than that the app is pretty good.

AntennaPod Goods

Integration with Gpodder directory

Flattr integration. So you can send your favorite podcast some cash.

You can set whether your shows download on any wifi or only on particular wifi’s. This is great so that you don’t have to worry about eating up some strangers data if they left their mobile hotspot open, or if your office has a slow connection and you don’t want to be inconsiderate and eat up the bandwidth while your shows are downloading.

Setting for number of episodes that can be downloaded, great for not using up data plans

AntennaPod Bad

No way of organizing your shows

To get variable speed playback you have to use Presto Sound Library or Prestissimo on your device. This doesn’t make it easy for users new or old who are using the app.

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