If you have an Android smartphone or tablet or if you’re not happy with the built-in Podcasts app in iOS you’re in luck! There are many apps out in the Android and iOS stores to choose from. Here are seven apps that are worth giving a try.
1. Beyond Pod (Android only)- Play thousands of free audio and video podcasts from all over the world! With nearly 3 million downloads, BeyondPod’s streamlined interface and powerful controls give you easy access to millions of audio and video episodes from small publishers like local radio stations to “big name” publishers like CNN, ESPN, BBC, CBC. Lite (Free, $6.99 for Pro version)
2. doubleTwist (Android only)- A delicious music player and podcast manager with a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. It eliminates the need to jump between different apps to play music, manage podcasts, or sync iTunes playlists. You can AirPlay music and videos from your Android with the optional AirSync purchase! (Free, $8.99 for Pro version)
3. Downcast (iOS only)- Download and listen to your favorite podcasts directly from your iOS device without the need to sync with iTunes. Google Cast™ Ready. ($2.99)
4. Instacast (iOS only)- Instacast is a revolutionary podcast client and offers the best podcast experience on the planet. It syncs seemlessly between iPhone, iPad and Mac. (Free with in-app purchases)
5. Overcast (iOS only)- A powerful yet simple audio podcast player, with features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost, and Smarter Playlists to help you listen to more podcasts in more places, try new shows, and completely control your experience. (Free, $4.99 to unlock all features)
6. Pocketcasts (Android, iOS)- Pocket Casts is a powerful podcast manager. There are many more powerful, straight forward features to help you make Pocket Casts yours and in case you were wondering, here’s what Pocket Casts DOESN’T have: ads, episode limits, pushy trials or feature bloat. ($4.99 for iOS, $3.99 for Android)
7. Stitcher (Android, iOS)- Listen to your favorite news, comedy, sports and talk radio shows and podcasts ON DEMAND from your iPhone or iPad. Discover the best of NPR, CNN, Fox, BBC, WSJ, Adam Carolla, Joe Rogan, Rachel Maddow, Rush Limbaugh, Fresh Air, Freakonomics, Radiolab and over 25,000 shows, podcasts and live stations. Change the way you listen to radio – on your schedule, not the schedule of traditional stations. (Free)
Using a Windows phone? Here are some alternatives for you too.
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