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