It’s time to stop using Apple’s Podcasts app. Yeah, it’s nice that it comes preloaded on your iPhone, but so does Apple Maps, and if you use that, you’ll probably end up driving in a river. If you’re exploring the weird, wide, and wonderful world of internet audio, you need something better.
There are a lot of better things, no matter what platform you use. But a brand new update of Pocket casts makes it by far the best podcast app for iPhone, not to mention the best overall service for people who want to podcast from all sorts of different devices. The new version for iOS, Pocket Casts 6.0, brings the app – which has long been great and kind of languished for the past couple of years – into full-fledged modernity. It’s now super easy to find new podcasts to listen to, sort through the ones you already have, and more. Pocket Casts keeps lists of episodes you’ve already started, ones you’ve downloaded but not listened to (which is handy for freeing up space on your phone), and more.
Version 6.0 borrows some cool features from other podcast apps, such as automatic mute reduction and voice amplification. It’s got all the nifty things podcastheads will love, like chapter markers, display notes, a running queue for uninterrupted listening, and 3D Touch support. For everyone else, it’s just a super simple grid of display icons. There are still a few things missing, like Covered sky Impressive ability to download a single episode without subscribing to an entire show, but Pocket Casts has just about everything you could want.
The app costs $6 in the App Store, but it’s worth every penny. It looks great on iPhone and iPad, it’s super fast, and the company behind it swears the next update won’t take that long. You can sync and listen to your podcasts on android and the Webalso, and even windows phone if you work for Microsoft. It’s time you took off the training wheels of iTunes and found out what a real podcasting app looks like. Oh, and pro tip: enable the dark theme. It’s good.