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]

Google Play Music Improves on Podcast Handling via Update

Google Play Music Improves on Podcast Handling via Update

Apr 27, 2016

We love the fact that Google Play Music can be our new home for podcasts; on the heels of that great tidbit, we see that Google Play Music for Android is improving the way it allows users access said podcasts via an update.

Now, when one subscribes to a podcast, one can choose to download the latest three episodes of said podcast — automatically.

Officially, per Google Play:


* When you subscribe to a new podcast, Google Play Music can automatically download the 3 latest episodes so you can enjoy your content even when you don’t have a connection. And no need to worry about missing your favorite episodes: you can choose to be notified when new ones come out!

Google Play Music remains free on Google Play; there are optional premium subscription tiers available.

Google Play Music Adds Podcasts

Google Play Music Adds Podcasts

Apr 18, 2016

Google Play Music is becoming even more of a full-service option with the addition of podcasts. Now, both content creators and consumers can find relevant material on Google Play.

Per the Official Android Blog:

Starting today on the web and rolling out on Android in the U.S. and Canada, we’ll connect you with podcasts based on what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and what you’re interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music, we want to make it easy to find the right podcast—whether you’re a podcast aficionado or listening for the first time.

Try “Learning Something New” to talk about at a dinner party and listen to our favorite episodes from Stuff You Should Know or How To Do Everything. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon by “Getting Lost in a Story” with episodes from Radiolab or Reply All, or relax after a long day by “Laughing Out Loud” to Marc Maron’s WTF or Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist. If you find something you love, subscribe to download the last several episodes automatically on your device or choose to be notified every time a new episode comes out.

And to all you creators who want to make your podcast available in Google Play Music, check out the podcast portal for more details.

Thanks to our invaluable partners without whom the world would be a boring place. And to all you podcast lovers, keep listening!

This week’s episode is brought to you by Google Play. With Google Play, you can get millions of apps, games, songs, movies & TV shows, books and news sources—all your favorites, all in one place.

Per the post, the podcasts feature is rolling out on Android in Canada and the US.


[via Official Android Blog]

Stitcher Radio Gets A Big Update

Stitcher Radio Gets A Big Update

Dec 4, 2013

Just today, Stitcher Radio, one of the most popular ways for Android users to get access to some of their favorite podcasts and radio programs, released a big update in order to “make it easier than ever for new listeners” to use Stitcher.

Among the many changes in this update, Stitcher has now included Google Sign-In, an interface redesign based on Android’s “best practices” and improved notifications. There is also a new share feature for users to share the word about Stitcher to all of their friends.

Stitcher already boasts access to over 20,000 different news, talk, comedy and other podcast/radio programming.

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.

5 Android Apps for Managing and Listening to Podcasts Like a Boss

5 Android Apps for Managing and Listening to Podcasts Like a Boss

Mar 4, 2011

As a certified podcast addict, I’ve been on a search for the best podcast managing app I can find on the Android app market. I asked people what they recommended, did some research and personally tested every one of these apps on my Motorola Droid X.

To be honest, not all of them are so great, but some definitely stood out more than others. Let’s start with the weakest of the bunch, number 5.