Pocket Casts is a well known podcast app available for iOS and Android devices; you can download it for $3.99 from Google Play Store and iTunes. The app is compatible with all iOS devices including iPhone, iPod and iPad running iOS8 or above, and Android devices running Android 4.2 or above. Pocket Casts comes with all the standard features you see in any podcast app however it also comes with some amazing features like auto-sync.
If you have installed Pocket Casts on multiple devices and using the same account on all of them, the app would sync the data automatically that makes the experience a lot better. Although the iOS and Android versions of the app are quite identical in terms of features and user interface yet the Android version is relatively more customizable considering the operating system. You can import and export podcasts to other devices as well.
The latest version of Pocket Casts on Android devices has Google Material Design and the app automatically adopts the colors and texture from the podcast’s artwork. You can use smart features like volume normalization and speed adjustment to enhance the overall user experience. Many of the similar apps are available for free on relevant app stores but paying $4 for Pocket Casts worth it considering tons of advance features this app has.
Let’s take a closer look into some other popular podcast apps available for iOS and Android devices.
Overcast is currently available for iOS devices exclusively but chances are the app would also come to Google Play Store in near future. This particular app is famous because of its amazing features, well designed user interface and easy to do podcast management. Overcast has smart volume normalization feature that automatically increase the volume for low voices and normalize it for loud voices. Similarly, the smart speed adjustment feature skips the gaps without affecting the user experience.
Podcast Republic is exclusively available for Android devices and you can download it for free on any Android device running Android 4.0 or above. It is quite surprising that the app isn’t a paid app, considering tons of amazing features it has. Besides all of the standard features, Podcast Republic comes with car mode, sleep timer, storage management, support for Android Wear and many other features. Podcast Republic is ads supported and you can remove them via a $2 IAP. Rumors are the developing team behind Podcast Republic is working on its iOS app too.
Beyondpod is another Android podcast app that comes with 7-day free trial and after that you can buy the app for $7. Although this is a relatively expensive app as compared to other podcast apps available for Android devices (and some of the apps are even available for free) but the price factor could be easily justified by its features. Besides all the standard features, Beyondpod comes with playlist builder, support for ChromeCast and widgets. Even if you think Beyondpod is pretty expensive, there is no harm in trying the app for free for 7 days.