Android App Review: Pocket Casts
I’m a big podcast listener. On a given week, I’ll probably listen to at least several hours of podcasts during commutes and downtime. Due to this, I require a high quality podcast app for Android that makes managing and listening to the content that I enjoy simple and easy. I’ve been a fan of Doggcatcher for a long time. While it is more costly than the average app ($6.99), the amount of use I get from it makes the purchase more than worth it for me. While I love the app, I’m always searching for alternatives that provide different experiences. Pocket Casts is the best alternative I have found thus far and for half the price ($2.99), it’s a really good deal. It doesn’t have all of the functionality that Doggcatcher offers but it does just what you need it to do and the UI is better in my opinion.
Once you open Pocket Casts, you’ll see the the homescreen with five tabs along the bottom. The options are, from the left:
- Library: Displays all of the podcasts you have chosen to subscribe to.
- Now Playing: Shows you the artwork for the podcast that you are currently listening to
- Refresh: Will refresh your podcasts and display an aggregated list of all your subscriptions and the most recent episodes
- Search: Allows you to search or browse for podcasts that you enjoy. Options include ‘search by podcast name’ browse ‘popular podcasts’, ‘podcast networks’, ‘categories’ and ‘import’ if you know the url.
- Settings: The final button is where you can find the settings if you want to tweak the app to our liking. Options include the ability to set the amount of time the player skips ahead or backwards, whether to store the podcasts on the SD card or phone, and whether to auto-delete after you’re finished listening, among many others.
There is one more option up in the right hand corner when you’re in the Now Playing tab. The Playlist option allows you to create customized playlists if you know that you'll be listening to a variety of podcasts at one time.
Pocket Casts is a good podcast app with a very good UI. If you’re looking for an app that will manage your podcasts but don’t want to fork over $6.99, check out Shifty Jelly's app. Pocket Casts is available from the Android Market for $2.99. Links and more pictures after the break.
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• Very nice Widget
• full A2DP Bluetooth support
• "Virtual Feed" (this is a MUST for me - drop in audio books or w/e)
• Dynamically create and reorder playlist
• Tons of options for scheduling when feeds should update/delete old episodes etc. Does PocketCasts offer these?
- the Widget, love it!
- automatically downloads new podcast episodes per my schedule
- automatically turns on/off wifi when downloading so that my mobile data isn't used
- connects with Google Reader Of course there are many more features. Other podcatchers offer the same features, but BP is tried and true for me! I have no connection with BP, I just a very happy BP user!
there is 1 playlist but it gives you add, delete sort, & auto-add features. Tons of options for scheduling when feeds should update/delete old episodes etc. not sure about "Virtual Feeds" or Bluetooth
Podtrapper is app that offers both of those, but it doesn't support a secondary SDcard, and my internal SDcard doesn't have enough space for Music & books. The only issue I have with BP is that my virtual feeds often end up in the Play Music app.(yes i've tried the .nomedia file) It amazes me that there are so few podcast apps that include this.