Show us on your device if Apple Podcasts has hurt you.

Apple Podcasts has become the favourite podcast app for iOS users. iOS 14 was a mess when it was first changed. iOS 15 launched with only a handful of surface-level improvements.

It’s possible to spend half an hr tweaking your settings in order to make Apple Podcasts work better. However, the good news is that you don’t need to use the native app if this bothers you. Podcasts continue to gain popularity. There are now more top-tier podcast administrators on the App Store.

We’ve been doing this for a while and have a pair of definitive recommendations on the best apps to manage your podcasts on your iPhone/or iPad (and possibly Android or desktop too) as well as backup suggestions for those looking for a more unique podcast listening experience. You can easily listen to your favorite shows while online class help will do the thing for you.

Pocket Casts Podcast App is the one to beat

Platforms: No cost on iOS or Android; Plus Subscription ($1/month/$10/year) on iOS/Apple Watch, Android and Mac.

Pocket Casts offers almost every feature available in every podcast manager. Plus, there are many other unique features. They are also delivered via an intuitive interface that is simple to use, and best of all it’s completely free.

Some of the best features include audio enhancement options. The built-in volume boost makes it easier to hear others’ voices, while decreasing background music and noise. Trim silences cuts out long pauses. And you can adjust the playback rate from 0.5x to 3x. (This does not affect your voice pitch).

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Pocket Casts users are able to sync their subscriptions as well as playback position across multiple devices. Additionally, the app offers robust options for discovering new podcasts. Search by episode allows you to find podcasts that discuss a specific topic. Also, the app lets you view your listening log. You can also play any third-party media files from your device, and you can set sleep timers which will pause your podcast if you listen before going to bed.

Even though the free version comes with many features, it is not perfect. It could offer more filter and playlist options. It is possible to create a playlist and filter your podcast subscriptions with a simple selection of preset category filters. However, you can’t sort your subscriptions by topic nor create your own self-updating playlists. Pocket Casts is packed with many useful features. It’s strange that Pocket Casts lacks this type of customization.

Although this is a nagging problem, Pocket Casts looks great. The app is well-designed and covers the essentials. It also has some customizable gesture options such as the ability to set a left-swipe archive episode, or even a dark theme.

Pocket Casts comes in two versions: Android and iOS. The free version has all the features discussed so far. But, if you need more features or better support for your device, Pocket Casts Plus is the premium option. Plus subscribers receive access to Pocket Casts Mac, Windows, web and standalone Apple Watch versions. Additionally, they get 10GBs in cloud storage that can all be accessed on all your connected devices.

While Overcast can be a great alternative to discovery, other options may be better.

Platforms: iOS (including Apple Watch) (Free)

Overcast was our favorite podcast manager choice before Pocket Casts went free. It is still an excellent podcast app, and a good alternative to Pocket Casts (not to mention the official Apple application).

Overcast includes all the essentials. You can speed up or slow down podcasts, the app will automatically hold your place if the episode is interrupted, and you are able to create a playlist quickly or listen to all podcasts you’ve downloaded in one continuous stream. These features are intuitive, and they’re easy to use.

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Even information that might be overlooked, such episode notes or time codes, can now be easily accessed by a single tap. Overcast allows you to adjust the volume and sound quality just like Pocket Casts. You can also add Siri Shortcuts and personalize your car’s dashboard and remote controls.

Overcast’s main advantage over Pocket Casts is its ability to create playlists quickly and easily. You can either gather individual episodes or cluster podcasts by length. Or you can bundle subscriptions together however it makes sense.

Overcast is ad supported. I don’t mind that it’s a negative aspect, but I do find its ads to be non-obtrusive. Hear me. Overcast could do with some improvements in one aspect. The app’s lackluster discovery options. They are limited to repackaging Apple Podcast charts.

Overcast’s ads tend to be podcast-related. This means that they can only guarantee you exposure via the app to shows that aren’t already popular.

Overcast has a premium version that is similar to Pocket Casts. For $9.99 per calendar year, you can get rid of the ads, a different logo, and the ability upload files that aren’t accessible via iTunes or RSS.

The best from the rest

Although it’s hard for me to recommend other apps than those two, there are some apps I think deserve credit for their innovative features and for being more reliable that Apple Podcasts.

Procast

Procast, a relative newcomer to the field, is a fantastic choice if it’s something you love to tweet about or share your thoughts. There’s also a clip feature that allows you to grab a small portion of podcast to use as a supplement to text or tweets. Procast also offers a handy “swipe directly to your inbox” feature which lets you add episodes from your queue to your list with a single swipe. Procast is an excellent option for iOS, but Android-users can also use it.

Breaker

Breaker is a simple podcast player. But, it’s built-in time-coded comments, similar to Soundcloud comments, give users a place where they can discuss podcasts and other podcasts. This app is unique in that it allows users to interact with other listeners and have conversations about their favorite podcasts. Breaker can be downloaded on Android and iOS.

iCatcher

iCatcher is now our new backup choice. Unlike Procast & Breaker, iCatcher hasn’t done anything “new” in the podcasting app space. It’s a solid and reliable podcast player with many of Overcast’s features, but it’s a bit less slick. The interface is simple and provides access to all core playback features. Your playlists and subscriptions can be synced across multiple iPhones or iPads with iCloud. We would be remiss not to mention iCatcher!’s unique gesture controls, including the ability skip ahead of two minutes by tracing a L-shaped shape on the screen. Also, it’s the product of a single developer who is easy to contact with bug reports, and it regularly releases performance-enhancing, bug-squashing updates. 

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