I’ve been using Pocket Casts to listen to podcasts on my phone for several years now, and all the while I’ve been glad I paid for it. It’s carefully designed and makes it easy to manage my listening sessions on a multitude of podcasts. And now, dear reader, it’s available for free on both android and iOS.
That’s right, you don’t have to pay a dime to use this full-featured podcast player. It looks great, offers plenty of options to customize the interface, and includes granular controls for streaming, downloading, and playing your favorite shows. And with the latest update, you can now play files from your local storage in the app.
For those who want to support the app with their wallets, there is a Plus Subscription Plan which costs $0.99 per month or $10 per year. This provides access to Pocket Casts’ Windows, macOS, and web apps (which sync with your mobile account and listening history), cloud storage for downloaded files, and a few additional mobile app themes and icons. If you’ve already paid for the web and desktop apps, you’ll get three years of Pocket Casts Plus for free.
This change in strategy comes nine years after the launch of Pocket Casts in 2010, and more than a year after its launch. acquired by NPR in May 2018. The company noted that it may explore other ways to monetize in the future, but between the new Plus tier and direct funding, it’s all settled for now.
While other apps like Google Podcasts have recently entered the fray, it’s still one of the best tools for managing your show library.
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