2019 was the year of podcasts. Some of the most popular YouTubers join the platform. Meanwhile, Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, is on a podcast company buying spree. Apple and Google have stepped up their podcast offerings since iOS and Android app stores feature some of the best third-party podcast apps like Pocket casts, Overcast, Castro, and more.
Especially on the Apple platform, the choices are endless. If you live in an Apple ecosystem, Castro and Overcast make the case for ditching the default alternatives.
Although we have already compared Pocket casts to Overcast and Castro, in this article we are going to compare Overcast to Castro. The comparison will be based on user interface, discovery, listening experience, features, price, etc. Let’s go.
Castro weighs 36MB while Overcast only consumes 6MB of data.
Discover new podcasts
In Castro, tap the search icon and start exploring the world of podcasts. The first banner is promoted content and the remaining sections are divided into categories such as crime, art, technology, politics, sports, etc.
You can even discover the podcast by country. To do this, go to Settings and change the content location. One can also use the search menu above to find a new podcast.
In Overcast, you can tap the “+” icon and the app will offer you podcasts based on your subscription.
The discovery menu is better laid out with more content displayed at once. The remaining section displays podcast categories and collection categories. Unfortunately, you cannot browse the list of podcasts by country.
A podcast application is defined by the smoothness of the listening experience for the end user. This may seal the app’s fate for you.
Speaking of Castro, he nailed the basics here. While playing a podcast, you can tap the Settings icon on the player interface, and it gives a bunch of options to improve the listening experience.
You can mute the silence, enhance the producer’s voice, adjust the playback speed, automatically stop a podcast after a certain period, and even play it continuously until the end of the playlist.
Castro also lets you cut a certain part of the podcast and send it to others. It allows you to customize each listening feature from the Settings menu.
For example, you can skip intros, set download limits, and customize skip forward/backward buttons.
As for Overcast, I like how it integrates everything from podcast information, podcast breakdown, and listening features right into the player UI. The options are mostly the same as Castro with a different naming scheme.
You can play around with podcast speed, use smart speed to shorten silences, enhance audio with voice amplification, and even customize these settings for the particular podcast channel.
There is a sleep timer to automatically stop the podcast after the set time. Users can also access a certain part of the podcast from the dispatch menu, which is just a swipe away from the player screen.
Let’s talk about the additional features that enhance the overall experience of the podcast app.
In Castro, you can change the app icon, enable watch sync to play the episode on Apple Watch, use night mode, and even play with advanced features for the built-in web browser and sound effects.
Castro also supports Siri Shortcuts out of the box. You can say “Play Castro” to Siri, and it will start playing the episode from the queue.
Overcast supports different themes, playback customization, Siri Shortcuts, and syncing to watch like Castro.
Overcast also lets you customize haptics, enable/disable icon badge, and more in settings.
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Most of Overcast’s features are free, but the app comes with a banner ad throughout the interface. To remove them, you have to pay $7/year, which is a bargain if you ask me.
Castro is simply limited in the free version. I strongly recommend that you purchase the Plus version at $20/year.
Improve your podcast experience
As you can see from the list above, both apps give plenty of reasons to pick them over their rivals. For comparison, Overcast is a solid offering at an affordable price. Castro looks better and comes with additional features compared to Overcast.
Next step : Are you a PocketCasts user and wondering if you should give Castro a try? Read the post below for a detailed comparison between Castro and PocketCasts.
Last updated on December 16, 2019
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