What are the best podcast apps?

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    #1Podcast Addict

    Podcast Addict

    Podcast Addict is a podcast organizer and player for Android that has support for all kind of podcast and in addition audiobooks, OnDemand Radio, YouTube/Twitch channels and RSS feed.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Rebecca Bennett
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "What a great idea for an app this Podcast Addict is. It allows me to organize my Audiobooks and Podcasts in an efficient and easy to access manner. I love the sleep timer option as I listen to my Radio on Demand, as well as the back up features. I especially enjoy that I can automatically program to have a podcast downloaded, either as a one time feature or at regular times/dates."
  2. 19

    #2Overcast

    Overcast

    Overcast is an audio podcast player which allows you to download podcasts, to listen to them anywhere and anytime and to create your own playlists with your favorite radio shows.

    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Cristina Jaramillo
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "Everyone is doing a podcast nowadays and this app is great for helping you listen to every one in a user friendly way. I didn't care for the last IOS update on the built in app, so I checked out Overcast and it is awesome. Best of all, it's free!"
  3. 17

    #3BeyondPod

    BeyondPod
    BeyondPod is a free podcast manager app in which you will be able to play as many podcasts as you are capable to hear, no matter if you are online or offline.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Aaron Murray
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "I listen to about 6 pobcasts a week and BeyondPod has been great to organize them. Its also helpful to know what i have already listened to. Back when i just used to download the podcast to play with defult audio player, I would sometimes get half way through a cast and notice that i had already listened to it. I have not payed for the full version as the free seems to suit my needs as of right now. "

WHAT'S THE MEANING

Podcasts are a series of digital audio and/or video files distributed into different episodes, also downloadable by users for future listening. Oftentimes, podcasts are available for subscription and are automatically downloaded onto a user's devices as soon as a new episode is released.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the total subscriptions for podcasts reached more than 1 billion back in 2013? Before the term was coined in 2004 by The Guardian journalist Ben Hammersley, "podcasting" was referred to as "audioblogging". Hammersley initially suggested the word as a linguistic blend of "iPod" and "broadcast".

Similar to radio programs but downloaded as files that are playable at a user's convenience, podcasting used to be an obscure method of spreading information. Although not a popular method of gaining information back in the day, present-day podcasts have grown in popularity. One of the medium's most popular milestones was reached back in 2013, with total podcast subscriptions for iTunes reaching up to 1 billion. The rise in popularity gave birth to plenty of the best podcast apps for iOS devices, Windows, Android phones, and many more. With podcasts for almost every topic under the sun and loads of resources for podcast lovers, it's safe to assume that this medium, despite seeming uncertain, is here to stay.

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    #4Pocket Casts

    Pocket Casts

    Pocket Casts is an automated podcast app with lots of features, like sleep timer and auto download. With Pocket Casts you can manage, search, download and listen to over 300.000 podcasts. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $3.99

    Jeremy Obrien
    Written on October 27, 2017
    "I'm starting to watch podcasts so I am browsing to see what apps are available. It looks like a very well put together app with a lot of useful features so I will give it a try."
  2. 10

    #5Pod Wrangler

    Pod Wrangler

    Pod Wrangler is a free app for iOS that intends to be used as a podcast player that works also with Apple Watch. Manage your favorite podcast and play them when and where you prefer.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Andrés Ochoa
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "Works really well but I really don't see the need for this with all the other apps out there. The ability to use it with apple watch is nice but if you have apple watch you probably already use apple music. The visuals of the app go perfectly with ios. The ability to download apps is also a plus but I think it is a must on apps like this anyway."
  3. 5

    #6Stitcher

    Stitcher
    Stitcher is podcast aggregator available for most mobile platforms and as a web application. Stitcher.com. You can listen to 65000 shows, manage them, subscribe and organize your library.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Vishal Subramanium
    Written on October 23, 2017
    "I've used this for awhile and it general shows me podcasts I've already seen before. I'm looking for something new and fresh! However, there are some podcasts I've wanted to rewatch, and this made it really easy for me to find them again."
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    #7Downcast

    Downcast
    Downcast is a feature rich application for making it easy to find, download, and manage many podcasts. You can create and edit smart playlists, import and export podcasts feeds and play podcasts in the backgrounds.
    Apps

    iOS

    $2.99- with in-app purchases

    Raymond Keller
    Written on October 17, 2017
    "Great app the only real con is the price of $2.99. I guess that is a small price though for what you are getting!"
  5. 0

    #8TuneIn

    TuneIn

    TuneIn is a free streamer for Android and iOS device. Stream AM/FM channels from all over the world, listen to podcast and audiobooks offline and vibe with live coverage of your favorite sport's matches of NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and more.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Victoria Weaver
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "One of the best podcast apps for iPhone or iPad that I have found. TuneIn Radio works on both Android and iOS and it is a free streamer that you can use to broadcast a variety of things including not only podcasts but audiobooks and sports matches. "
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    #9PlayerFM

    PlayerFM
    PlayerFM is a multiplatform podcast player. You can find shows on any topic you may think of, listen to them or add them to your playlists, download them and manage and organise them.


    Apps

    Web, Android

    Free

    Katherine Valdez
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "Player FM is a great app for podcast. I love to use it to listen to podcast in the car when I take a long trip or when I am commuting to work. It makes the time pass by faster. "
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    #10Podbay.fm

    Podbay.fm
    Podbay.fm is a website which features podcasts in various genres such as technology, comedy, culture, arts, business, education, games, health, news, politics, TV, films, sports, music, and many more.
    Apps

    Web

    Free

    Albert Coleman
    Written on November 16, 2017
    "I listen to my favorite podcast everyday using Podbay and it's the simplest app that I've found to use. It hasn't been updated in a while but everything works fine for me."
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    #11ShortOrange

    ShortOrange
    ShortOrange is an online podcast player that also manages the podcasts in the cloud so you won't need to download them to listen to your favorite shows.
    Apps

    web, Android

    Free

    Rebecca Lewis
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "I just want to thank who ever created this app!! Saves me so much time! I dont habe to scroll through 90 different podcast to get to a favorite. Now my hardest choice is chosing which of my favs I want to listen to! Awsome sauce!!"
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    #12DoggCatcher

    DoggCatcher

    DoggCatcher is a premium podcast manager with dark and light themes and lots of customization settings available, and some features as an auto download or a subscription service.

    Apps

    Android

    $2.99

    Susan Myers
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is one of the best podcasts manager ever, it reigns as the King of Podcast Customization. After using the free version for some time, I decided to spend money and upgrade to the pro version and that unlocked a world of new feature including a sleep timer, automatic sync and download, notifications, and playback order.! I can also add feeds, videos, manually add via URL, search by podcast name, browse by category, or let the app make recommendations. Very effective app! "
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    #13Procast Podcast App

    Procast Podcast App

    Procast Podcast App is a free podcast player where you can listen to your favorite podcasts from different categories and countries with a single tap. You can also import other podcasts from other podcast apps.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Tom Sauvage
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "Great onboarding for podcast beginner and still lots of features for podcast pros: - Cuts: Cut out any snippet of a running episode and save it in the app and share it with friends - "Swipe new episodes": A Tinder-like feature to quickly decide with new episodes to listen to"
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    #14PodCruncher

    PodCruncher
    PodCruncher is a premium app for iOS devices that manages and plays podcast. It has a huge catalog of podcasts and a simple and clean interface, designed for working fast and without crases.
    Apps

    iOS

    $2.99

    Roy Spencer
    Written on November 10, 2017
    "This app is easy to use and it is pleasant to look at. It is easy to find features that you will enjoy. I enjoy just browsing for new podcasts that I haven't heard of before."
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    #15Podcasts

    Podcasts

    Podcasts is an app to discover audio stories for free. It offers you access to more than 450.000 different shows with over 15 million episodes. Get notified when a new episode is available and get recommendations based on the contents you listen to.


    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Aanya Pawar
    Written on November 12, 2017
    "I love Podcasts, it allows me to easily access tons of different lectures and series to listen to when I'm travelling or just bored at work. The library is huge. Before I had Podcasts I was just kind of manually searching for topics of interest, mostly on Ted, but this app has opened an entire universe to me. "
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    #16Podcast Republic

    Podcast Republic
    Podcast Republic is a podcast manager that lets you enjoy audio and video contents. This app allows you to organize your favorite podcasts in a list and includes a tool to download podcasts to play them offline.
    Apps

    Android

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Crystal Castro
    Written on November 12, 2017
    "there's several podcasts i listen to regularly and i'm always looking for new ones. when itunes first integrated podcasts, it was great. since then, it's become the definition of bloatware. Podcast Republic is a solid, light-weight podcast manager. "

Summary

Best What are the best podcast apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Podcast AddictApps 24 Free
2OvercastApps 19 Free
3BeyondPodApps 17 Free
4Pocket CastsApps 10 Paid
5Pod WranglerApps 10 Free
6StitcherApps 5 Free
7DowncastApps 5 Paid
8TuneInApps 0 Free
9PlayerFMApps 0 Free
10Podbay.fmApps 0 Free
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