Been a little while since I have done a review of a podcasting app for the Android OS and I will be starting up iOS reviews here soon but I will continue to focus on Android because they are so under used when it comes to podcasting, and I want the android users to know that they can listen to podcasts and they can do so easily with the right app. But this Android app has been around for a while.
Podkicker is a fairly well balanced app that is has many of the needed features for new podcasters to be able to subscribe and listen to shows. There is the great setting that allows to a file to be deleted after playing, and settings like downloading only when connected to a wi-fi access point. There are other features that are great for the dedicated listener. Like all auto play from cars and resume playing when an audio jack is reinserted. One of my favorite features. Unplug for what ever reason and the moment I plug it back in the app starts back up where I left off. Very handy.
Now I will preface this with I have gone to an iOS device here recently and so my mindset on where to find things are little different now. Like closing subwindows in the app tripped me up for a short while because I forgot about the back button. which actually surprised me because for the longest time I was always hitting the non-existent back button on the iPhone 6 but with the readjusting of my mind around how the old GS3 works I was able to find out how to unsubscribe to the shows that are already installed. Yes when you first install the app Podkicker on your Android device you will have about 8 shows that you are already subscribed to. You can unsubscribe to them if you want. They are some good shows quality and production is not bad so if you are new to listening to podcast you might find your first show in this list. Then again if none of these shows interest you then just long press on the show and choose unsubscribe and they are gone. No muss no fuss.
If you want to have the new episodes download automatically you need to go into each episode and choose the option for that particular show. I would actually like to see that set to auto from the start. Yet they do have Chromecast support if like listening from the Television.
I find podkicker to
- Starts with a show of some good starter podcast casts about GLobal news, history and the like
- Recognises rss feeds and will redirect an rss feed from the Browser to the app.
- Uses the iTunes directory so you have a large supply of shows to search through.
- Can import and export your subscriptions using OPML
The Not so Good
- Starts with a show of some good starter podcast casts about GLobal news, history and the like you are subscribed to the podcasts so you quickly have to learn how
- The navigation is not as intuitive as it could be. most everything you are going to need is found by long pressing the particular show.
- Would like to see an easier way to search for new podcasts
- Be nice of the downloads were set to automatic.
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Talk about an app that has matured and improved with advancement. BeyondPod is a nice surprise. I used BeyondPod a few years ago. Not really liking it and was a little turned off with the fremium model. I wasn’t sure what I was going to lose, when the app turned off the premium features. Yet, it was free and I could listen to free just fine.
Remembering back to the cumbersome days of the earlier BeyondPod, I remember getting lost and having problems finding the podcast I was wanting to listen it. This has all been cleared up with the pull out menu that shows all of your podcasts and then they have Smart Play lists. This is a great way for people to have their play lists built every time a new episode is downloaded. This is one of the big draw backs from may of the earlier players. If you want to listen to a list you have to build it yourself each time you get a new episode. DoggCatcher does auto play lists and that is just about it, for the apps that I have reviewed at the point of this post being published.
Yet Now, The layout has been cleaned up and is fresher looking. A new user would be able to easily navigate the different categories and the fairly intuitive design will help people to not get lost and understand how to get from the album art episode page back to the homepage.
It would be nice if at the end of an episode BeyondPod would delete the file before playing next instead of just playing next. This would keep the new users from having to deal with a full device because the old episodes were still on the listening device. Many very new listeners wouldn’t think to look in the settings to change the Playlist Preference to delete and play next.
Auto-updates isn’t a deal breaker so to speak and is a gentle bit of pressure to get people to buy the upgrade. Yet this will be a listeners big grumble. They will be running behind and their shows are not updated and URGH! Screams of frustrations so If you do have a lot of shows you will want to update daily or Weekly. You want to work a download schedule into your routine.
Good things about BeyondPod
- A prefilled suggestion list – Several good podcasts and I added a new show to my lineup. (Thanks BeyondPod)
- Chromecast – great if you have the Chromecast dongle and you listen through your television.
- Easy categories to choose from and you can also create your own
- Settings-o-plenty but not overwhelming
- play Video’s as audio
- Car Mode – big buttons for using while driving.
- Set as a favorite – You will find those episodes you want to listen to again and you will be able to easily find those episodes.
Bad things about BeyondPod
- Mystery meat icons took me a while to find out that the play list icon is just that. I guess the number is what threw me.
- BeyondPod is set to automatically delete the listened too files. You will have to change the setting in ‘Playlist Preferences’
- No automatic updates
- Chromecast is Pay
- Faster speeds
- Automatic updates
The following is a list of podcasts manager or podcatchers these are programs designed to find and subscribe to podcasts. They also automatically download each new podcast episode as they become available.
Podcatchers for Computer
- iTunes – This is still the top method for listening to podcasts on a computer. It is a good way to manager your podcasts and to listen to them
- Miro: An integrated video player with podcatcher capabilities (cross-platform for: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) (Download) (Review)
- Juice: A cross-platform podcatcher for: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) (Download) (Review)
- Firenze: open-source, cross-platform, command line podcast client (written in java) highly configurable with support for conversion, conditional download and mp3 tags. (Review)
- Fluctu8: An online audio and video podcast aggregator featuring hundreds of thousands of podcasts. Includes integrated web player and easy integration with external podcasting and RSS software such as iTunes.
- Podfy: A cloud based podcast player that works in all platforms and devices. (Seems to of gone dark)
- HermesPod: The Tiny but Mighty desktop Podcatcher (Review)
- ShortOrange – Brand new use to be a directory but they are changing directions This group is not growing in their directory. They have updated the site and added a fresh new layout. Mobile friendly with a responsive design so you will be able to keep you podcast enjoyment going no mater if you are in front of the computer or riding in city traffic. Also if you are a user of their service and let them know your show will be featured. Now there is some help and discoverability for the podcaster. (Review)
- Uhura – Is a web-based Podcatcher where you sign in and you can stream your shows to your desktop or your mobile device. (Review)
- Ziepod – manage audio-based content published thru podcasts with this easy to use toolkit.
Podcatchers for iPhone
- Podcasts – Possibly the best app for iOS based devices. if you have iOS 6 it is already on your phone or iPod It allows for syncing the show you are listening to across multiple devices. So if you are listening on your desktop and you get in the can you will be able to pick up where you left off on your iPhone and when you get back home you can finish it on your iPad. Created by Apple. It links to the largest podcast directory on the net. The iTunes podcast directory
- Pocket Casts – ShiftyJelly – $1.99 – This is best across platform podcatcher I have used. It is not free though it is worth the couple of dollars it costs the layout is beautiful
- iTunes – if you have an older iOS device you may not have iOS6 so you can use the iTunes store and look for podcasts
- Downcast – $1.99 This is likely the most popular app for iOS based devices. Feature rich with the ability to sync and
- Flapcast –
- Instacast –
- Megaboga Casts –
- Podcaster –
- Podcatcher –
- PodCruncher –
- RSSRadio –
- Podcatchr –
- Overcast –
- ShortOrange –
- iCatcher! Podcast – $2.99 –
Podcatchers for Android
- PODFY – Cloud Podcast Player – Podfy is a cloud player that synchronizes your playlists and played items across all devices (phones, tables or PCs) (PODFY – Cloud Podcast Player on Google Play ($2.95)).
- Cast++ – A powerful and easy-to-use podcast player for Android. Instantly update the feeds of your podcast subscriptions by their cloud. (Review)
- AntennaPod – A free, open-source podcast manager for Android, licensed under the MIT License. (Review)
- BeyondPod – A podcast Manager and RSS Feed Reader for Android Phones. Syncs with Google Reader and uses a built in media player. This is the free lite version. (Review)
- DoggCatcher ($2.99) (Free) – Android podcatcher – supports audio/video/news, auto-download, streaming, integrated audio player, playlists. (Review)
- Pocket Casts ($3.99)- Versatile podcatcher for Android with support of audio and video episodes with downloading or streaming, and auto-download in the background. (Review)
- Podkicker – A podcast player/downloader/manager for Android. Supports audio. (Review)
- MyPOD – A podcast manager & player, supports audio/video, auto-download (wifi and power controllable), podcast management on the desktop via a browser interface.
- SwallowCatcher – A free, open-source podcast manager released under GNU Affero General Public License.
- Podcast Addict – A free podcast manager for Android that supports auto-download, streaming, playlist, resume.
- Podstars – A free podcatcher for Android. Basic playback features. OPML support
- Onecast – Free podcast manager and player
- iNetRadio – Free music and podcast player
- Podcatcher Deluxe – A full-featured audio and video podcast client designed to manage your podcast content whilst on the go
- Podcast Addict – With Podcast Addict, your audio & video Podcasts as well as your YouTube channels and RSS News feeds from your Android device. (Review)
- Podcast Republic –
- DoublePod –
- Podcast HD –
- Smart Podcast –
- OneCast –
- Podfy –
- PodStore –
- ACast – Podcast player and news reader – Abandoned app hasn’t been updated since 2011. (Review)
- acast – Acast is a game-changer for audio on demand. It enhances podcasts with “bling” – fresh, exciting content that upgrades the listening experience and makes good stories great. (Review)