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Castro 2

By Supertop

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.

Description

Castro lets you track lots of podcasts at once without getting overwhelmed. Here’s how it works:

1) Newly published episodes land in the INBOX. From here, you can read the descriptions, decide if you’re interested, queue the good ones and archive the rest.

2) The QUEUE is a central playlist to plan your listening in advance. Queued episodes are automatically downloaded.

3) Press Play. Castro plays your queue in order from top to bottom. Reorder or archive queued episodes anytime.

4) In the ARCHIVE you can find the back catalogue of all shows you subscribe to, browse your listening history, and easily access your starred episodes

We call this “Triage”. Triage lets you expand your listening habits without getting overwhelmed. With Castro, subscribing to a podcast doesn’t mean making a commitment to listen to every episode. You don’t have to choose a narrow few shows and miss out on the rest.


SHARING AND DISCOVERING NEW PODCASTS
Castro provides the top charts by genre so you can browse popular shows easily. Tap search to easily find shows you know or hear about.

Personal recommendations from friends are another great way to find new shows. Castro users can easily share direct links to specific episodes. Tapping a Castro link will open the episode in the app, where you can queue it right away without subscribing to the entire podcast. If your friends don't have Castro yet, a beautiful web interface lets them play the episode from a browser.

The Castro iMessage App makes sharing even easier.
- Easily share recently played episodes with your friends and family
- When you receive a recommendation from someone else add it to your queue without leaving the Messages app

Castro maintains a chronological list of your played episodes in History. This makes it easy to find these episodes for sharing later.

If you hear an episode you love, you can star it. Your starred list becomes your personal podcast hall of fame, allowing you to easily share your favourite episodes next time someone asks you for a recommendation.

ALL THESE EXTRA FEATURES
- Castro sports an elegant dark mode and well-thought out sleep timer, offering the best in night time podcast listening.
- Our "Tentacles" backend server constantly scans for new episodes across every podcast, so your phone doesn’t have to, saving battery life and data usage.
- Castro can notify you as soon as episodes are published.
- Download and Storage management: Queued episodes are automatically downloaded, so you can focus on deciding what you want to hear and let Castro manage the details.
- Fine scrubbing: drag the playhead to scan quickly, or drag the waveform for precision scrubbing.
- Beautifully rendered full screen show notes allow you to follow up and explore links of episodes that provide these details.
- Rotation support, and big playback controls on the player for easy use while driving.

What's New in Version 2.5

Drag and Drop!
* In iOS 11 you can tap and hold to lift an episode, then drag it.
* Drop episodes on the queue, inbox or archive to move them to these locations.
* While dragging, tap more episodes with another finger to add them to the bundle.
* Hold a bundle over any tab icon to switch to that tab, or just tap it with another finger.
* You can drop episodes in a specific queue location, not just top or bottom.
* Drag from the filter bar to pick up a bundle of all the episodes in that filter.
* Using drag and drop, you can now move episodes back out of the queue into the inbox.

[CHANGES]
* Archiving all while filtered in inbox now selects either all or the nearest filter.
* You can now share an episode's current play position from the show notes share button, not just the player screen.
* New, much nicer navigation bar transitions.
* Player speeds adjusted slightly and an additional 1.7x speed was added.
* Tap and hold on Inbox tab icon to present action sheet to archive all episodes
* Tapping search icon with a current search already done now re-focuses the search field.
* The queue is now reordered by dragging episodes.

[BUG FIXES]
* Fixes issue where user could switch to inbox with an empty filter selected.
* Fixes a crash that could happen when updating episode download % progress.
* Images no longer overlap text in show notes.
* Fixes an issue where notifications could get stuck switched off after restoring from an iCloud Backup
* Fixes an issue where push notifications wouldn't get sent if you turned off the banner setting.
* Fixes an issue where push notification permission state could get out of sync with the system settings.
* Improvements to download behaviour when toggling cellular settings

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Customer Reviews

Best designed app but always behind

I love the way this app is designed and it would be the one podcast app I would choose to always use but...it is perpetually behind on features. Apple Watch? No. Ipad? No. Voice boost? No. Silence skip? No. You get the idea. These are features other apps have had (in some cases) for years. Don't get me wrong, I love the design of the app. But I wouldn't consider buying a car if it didn't have power windows and air, which is what this app feels like when using it. This is a wonderfully designed app that is simply crippled by a lack of standard features.

Update

Getting better...slowly. Four stars now. Castro now includes a voice booster, which is great. I believe they are the first podcast player to implement drag and drop, which is also great. Adding an Apple Watch app would bump it up to five stars for me; the Now Playing app on the Apple Watch just doesn’t cut it. Keep up the good work guys!

Great app, but missing a few key features

Overall, I’m really impressed with Castro; there’s just a few things I miss as a recent emigrant from Overcast.

First, there’s no “Now Playing” screen (by design or omission, I’m not sure) that contains info like the show notes or episode art. That info is instead buried in the details for the episode. On what would be that page however, are settings; things like a snooze timer or playback speed.

Second, I wish there was per-podcast control of playback speed. Most of my podcasts I want sped up, but a few of them need to be played at normal speed. It would be a great QoL perk if those preferences were saved for each podcast.

Drag and drop is icing on the cake

This has been my exclusive podcast app for several months since being a long time Overcast (and before that, Downcast) user. The design philosophy is excellent. In contrast to other podcast apps, there is NO need to laboriously customize each feed to keep your queue organized and to prevent you from being overwhelmed. The inbox system is great. My only nitpick in the past was how it was kind of difficult to reorder the podcasts in the queue but with drag and drop it’s dead simple now. Well done!

Castro 2
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  • $3.99
  • Category: News
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  • Version: 2.5
  • Size: 44.1 MB
  • Language: English
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You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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