My App Addiction: Pocket Casts

My App Addiction: Pocket Casts

Feb 16, 2018

I’ll shout it from the rooftops, all day long: I love podcasts. I really, really do.

They are what FM radio was for me when I was a young buck, but better. There is just so much stuff to listen to out there. All you need is the patience to find interesting content, and the tools to listen to it.

For the latter, I’ve come to depend on Pocket Casts.

Pocket Casts is one of those OG Android apps… one that arguably allowed the OS to gain parity with the app haven that was iOS. As a dedicated podcast app, it did one thing, and did it well. Even now, it gets props for being as good a media manager as it is a player, with several features that make it almost indispensable.

First, it has a bright interface, which allows it to be easy on the eyes. It also has a great discovery system, breaking podcasts into intuitive settings like Trending, Top, and also by subject matter; you can also do a raw search by name. Personally, I’m able to find audio blogs I probably wouldn’t have found otherwise.

And then, when it comes to managing your discovered podcasts, it’s invaluable. You can manage the number of downloaded podcasts available — reducing bloat — and can auto-download and auto-queue broadcasts. The player itself is just as easy to use.

Now, I am always a big fan of convergence. For example, I love Google Play Music, which allows me to stream music, play audio files already on my device AND listen to podcasts. Usually, it’s all about getting the fewest apps to do the most things reasonably well. It’s just that Pocket Casts does the podcast thing so well, it’s worth having the extra app around.

[Our Pocket Casts Review]

Pocket Casts receives an update

Pocket Casts receives an update

Mar 29, 2017

If you listen to podcasts on Android, you probably know Pocket Casts, the popular mobile aggregation app.

Well, it’s getting an update, and if the actual update doesn’t tickle you, the formal changelog introducing version 6.2.4 should:

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the releases of our app. Maybe slightly less inevitable and more fun though? I mean the same amount of people are betrayed, killed off, and then come back but I digress! 6.2.4 brings you:

– Syncing improvements (specifically around swiping to mark as played)

– Various fixes to playback, chapter support, remove silence

– Better show notes formatting

Tune in next week when [insert cliffhanger here]

That, people, is how you write a changelog.

Pocket Casts remains free on the Play Store.

Pocket Casts Yells “This is Sparta” with Latest Update

Pocket Casts Yells “This is Sparta” with Latest Update

Apr 22, 2015

When it comes to consuming podcasts on Android, Pocket Casts is practically a household name. It has a clean interface, intuitive controls and other features that make it easy to use and fall in love with.

It just got an update, and the changelog, as posted on Google Play, it’s one for the ages:

Someone once told us: “you can’t always get what you want”. We yelled “THIS IS SPARTA”, terminated the entire orchestra and backing singers, set the building on fire. So now you CAN get what YOU want:
– Drag and drop your podcasts into any order. YOUR ORDER.
– Tap the podcast name in the episode card to go to the podcast. YOUR WAY.
– Notifications no longer come back after being dismissed. Thanks to YOUR EMAILS.
– Fixes. YOUR FIXES.
p.s. Don’t worry, in this scenario the kids somehow survived.

Shifty Jelly is keeping it 300.

Pocket Casts is available for $3.99 on the Play Store.


Pocket Casts Review

Pocket Casts Review

Apr 9, 2013

One of the greatest attributes of the internet is the ability to self-publish. Music, blogs, voice… we get to connect with people in ways even Al Gore could not have imagined.

Being able to listen to podcasts on the go is great. I listen to a bunch of stuff in several categories, which makes reviewing Pocket Casts an interesting proposition.

It definitely excels in delivery. Its opening layout is an interesting mix of clean cut functionality and eye-catching colors overlaid on a stock crimson base. I discovered two or three blogs that I already listen to, as well as few others that seemed interesting right from the app home listing of featured podcasts. Swiping revealed listings for Popular, Top Videos and Networks and a categorized listing.

In the top left, the “Discover” tab beckoned, and I was helpless to resist. It invoked a menu of sorts, with search pocket2functionality, settings and counter (categorized into Unplayed, Audio, Video and Downloaded). I also found the ability to set up playlists. Using the presets listed, I was able to view a pretty extensive listings of current podcasts by that particular publisher ranked by date, and was also able to subscribe. What I loved was that when deciding to listen to any specific podcast, I was able to stream or download. I loved this feature a lot; having the option to manage consumption in this way was intuitive, and for folks with access to wi-fi, it’s great. I was able to listen while downloading too.

I especially liked the ability to preview podcasts without subscribing; this truly fit in with the discovery paradigm. The podcast pages could be likened to magazine preview pages, and contained the publishing information and metadata one would expect. the quality was quite good; I could not discern a difference in quality from the same podcast accessed from a full fledged terminal, nor could I complain about the stream vs downloaded content.

I liked that the developer incorporated stuff like sharing and sleep timers to round out the app.

Pocket Casts might draw a half-blink due to its price, but my impression was that it is hard to argue its value, even for casual listeners of podcasts. For hardcore users, I’d dare to describe it enjoyably essential.