Podcast app

Overcast is the best podcast app [Cult of Mac’s Essential iOS Apps #9]

Podcasts are a great way to stay informed and entertained, or just to pass the time. The number of podcasts is booming, and if you listen well, you can hear even more.

With the Overcast podcast app for iOS, you get a great podcast listening experience along with time-saving features.

What is Couvert?

Overcast is a free third-party podcast app for iPhone and iPad (and technically, the web). Designed to make listening to podcasts easy and enjoyable, Overcast is synonymous with quality and speed.

why it’s awesome

Two features of Overcast make it superior for listening to podcasts. The first is Voice Boost, which helps normalize and increase the volume of podcasts, which are often quieter than other audio content.

The second feature, called Smart Speed, is actually a pair of features that revolve around speed. Most podcast apps offer speed adjustments ranging from slower than normal to somewhere around double the speed (2x), with stops at 100% (1x) and 150% (1.5x). With Overcast, a single speed of less than 1x is available, and 5 stops between 1x and 2x allow for finer speed adjustments.

Overcast Smart Speed ​​can speed up podcasts, saving you valuable listening time.
Smart Speed ​​can save you time when listening to podcasts.
Screenshots: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

Overcast’s Smart Speed ​​features add another layer to listening efficiency. When enabled, the app automatically speeds up quiet stretches to save you time. What may seem like an insignificant time saver can really add up in weeks or months.

Who is Overcast for?

Anyone who likes to listen to podcasts but finds there just isn’t enough time in the day (or week) to listen to all of their favorites will love Overcast. Plus, anyone who prefers to use playlists to organize their listening will appreciate Overcast’s Playlist and Smart Playlist features.

Covered: The Best Podcast App

If you love podcasts and want to up your listening game, you have to give Overcast a try. With support for all the best podcast player features and its own little bag of tricks, Overcast is the perfect way to take your listening experience to 11. It’s the best podcast app out there.

Price: Free

Download from: App store

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