Get the very best podcast experience with these 5 great apps
After music, another ever increasingly popular media consumed on our Android phones and tablets is the podcast. We produce a bunch of them here at Mobile Nations, and the popularity and scale of the podcast continues to grow. But to listen to them you need a good app, right?
Thankfully Android is blessed with a strong selection of podcast apps to choose from, but there are some more worth your time – and money – than others. So, head on past the break to see the top 5 best podcast apps for Android. And once you've chosen, why not give the Android Central podcast a little subscribe while you're at it!
Pocket Casts long has been a favorite, but in its current incarnation it has arguably risen to the top of the mountain. If you want style and function, cloud sync, a huge library, video support, variable speed playback oh and not forgetting Chromecast support, then look no further. The folks at Shifty Jelly have you covered with all of those.
Add to all that a widget, full controls in the notification tray, auto download and delete, a sleep timer and OPML import and export support and you're looking at one of the most full featured podcast apps available in Google Play. And there's plenty more on top of all this, too.
Pocket Casts also takes on the task of podcast discovery and pretty much succeeds. The featured, trending and top podcast sections are brimmed with a bevy of shows covering all kinds of different subject areas.
If you really are looking for the best, then give Pocket Casts at least a look. The developers also post probably the best changelogs anywhere in the Play Store!
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BeyondPod may lack the visual flare of something like Pocket Casts, but it brings it where it matters most. A favorite of many for a long time now, BeyondPod has power, features and access to a huge library of podcasts that should please even the most obscure show hunter. And it too has Chromecast support, something fast becoming a "must have" when it comes to media delivery applications.
BeyondPod has a separate tablet application, but it is available to trial, in full free for 7 days before you need to pay up. That's a nice touch and not something seen every day. Smart Playlists will generate for you based on your listening preferences, you've a built in sleep timer, a "TiVo style commercial skip" to avoid content you're not interested in and even Feedly support if that's how you like to keep track of your feeds.
With that free trial, BeyondPod should certainly be given a look.
Stitcher Radio for Podcasts
Stitcher Radio boasts on-demand access to over 25,000 different shows covering a pretty broad spectrum of subject areas. Discovery is certainly one of the stronger points to Stitcher which is a little more stripped back in the features department compared to some of the competing apps.
Stitcher does however – as the name implies – let you 'stitch' together your favorite shows to create your own custom radio stations. It'll also deliver you audio breaking news alerts if you should so desire or just view them in the app on the home screen.
Not quite as powerful as some other podcast apps, but its simpler, more radio-esque focus isn't without merit.
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Doggcatcher is another long time favorite, indeed it once claimed the title of Android Central's Editors Choice for podcast app of the year – back in 2011 if you were wondering. The alternative choices weren't quite as strong as they are today, but Doggcatcher is still a strong choice.
What it lacks in the user interface department it makes up for everywhere else. We'd like to see a little extra special polish added to the visuals but the way it handles podcasts with its auto download and delete, variable speed playback and feed categorization makes it worth checking out. And it has Chromecast support which we love to see.
Doggcatcher also comes with a full, 7-day free trial too, so you get a good chance to put it through its paces before opening your wallet. Give it a try.
- Free (7-day trial) - Download Now
Strictly speaking, TuneIn Radio is more than just podcasts. Much more, but it does podcasts, too, and it does them pretty darn well. It also recently got a major update and came back looking really, really hot.
So aside from the vast collection of internet radio stations supported, TuneIn also has its own podcast platform. It's a pretty no-frills approach, discover, subscribe, manage and listen, but it's such a pleasure to use it's absolutely worth your time. That and it gives you access to a wider selection of online media than just podcasts, too.
Get it in free, ad-supported fashion to see what you think.
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As ever, there's bound to be at least a few of you out there that prefer something not mentioned here, and that's absolutely fantastic! Drop us a line in the comments below to give us the what, the why and the how much of your own favorite podcast apps for Android!