Podcast app

Castro podcast app adds most requested features

With the growing popularity of podcasts, Castro has been one of the best third-party podcast players out there. In version 2, Castro changed the way users manage their unread episodes with their podcast triage system. While it’s a great update and includes some great design touches, it lacked some key listening features. With version 3, Castro adds the features most requested by users to make it a truly awesome podcast player.

Castro is best known for his unique triage system that puts new episodes into an inbox. From there, the user can choose to archive a podcast episode or add it to their play queue. Specific podcasts can also be set to auto play next, go to the end of the queue, or be archived.

New features in Castro 3

Castro 3 retains this same powerful triage and management system, but adds some much-needed features. New update includes support for podcast chapters, mute (similar to Overcast’s “SmartSpeed” feature), updated “Enhanced Voices” processor, per-podcast settings, and Apple app Watch updated.

Castro 3 offers podcast queue management, mute, chapter support and a new subscription model
Screenshots: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

The support for chapters in the updated version is done beautifully. Instead of filling the playback screen with a list of chapters, forward and backward chapter buttons are placed on the currently playing screen. Tap the current chapter title to display a list of all chapters, along with the duration of the chapters.

Trim Silence allows skimming over quiet gaps in an episode, reducing overall listening time. A counter on the “Trim Silence” button displays the total time trimmed for the current episode.

Aside from the improvements to the app’s functionality, perhaps the most noticeable change is the new pricing structure. Instead of paying $5 upfront for the app, Castro 3 is now free download. The free version gives you access to all the features of version 2. To enjoy cut silence, chapter support, and per-podcast settings, users will now need to subscribe to Castro+, which will cost $2.99 $/3 months, or $8.99/year, after a 7-day free trial.

The change in pricing structure should help those tempted by the third-party podcast player to try out the app before handing over their hard-earned cash. The Castro update is available now, for free, in the App store.