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Castro — Podcast App

By Supertop

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Description

Castro is a revolutionary podcast client that's smart, focused, and exclusive to iOS.

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The Financial Times crowned Castro the "Best Designed App for Listening to Serial".

“This app is great. It’s a new entrant into the iOS podcasting space, but it shouldn’t be seen that way. It’s a very functional app in a visually impressive package.”
— Benjamin Mayo, 9to5mac

“Personally speaking, I've found my new podcast app of choice.”
— Richard Devine, iMore

“Castro's a fantastic podcast app”
— Lifehacker

“Podcast clients continue to be a modern UI design playground for an evolving medium, and Castro 1.1 is a solid exponent in this field.”
— Federico Viticci, Mac Stories

“New podcast listening app for iPhone, with an elegant, simple iOS 7 interface. I don’t recall ever seeing a playback/scrubbing interface quite like Castro’s, and it’s really good.”
— John Gruber, Daring Fireball

“Nice app.”
— Jim Dalrymple

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HIGHLIGHTS

* Gesture-based interface that puts content front and center.
* Episodes timeline makes it easy to find the latest episodes of all your podcasts.
* Continuous play option to automatically play the next episode.
* Voice-optimized playback speed algorithm makes podcasts sound incredibly good when played at fast or slow speeds. No other podcast app sounds this good.
* Full screen themes make podcasts look as good as they sound.
* Innovative player controls, optimized for podcast listening.
* Takes advantage of iOS's background features to keep your podcasts fully updated, even when you're not in the app.
* Automatically downloads new episodes as they are published.
* Instant, clear, notifications when new episodes come out.
* Turn on News Mode to keep only the most recent episode of frequently updated podcasts.
* Exceptionally fast search.
* Simple, well thought out settings.
* Easy to manage cellular data usage.
* Sleep timer for listening in bed. Still awake when the episode pauses? Just tap play again on the lock screen or headphone remote to extend the sleep timer.
* Intelligent storage management — you set the size limit and Castro will delete old episodes as necessary to keep within it.
* Supports streaming and offline playback.
* Ability to play episodes without subscribing to the podcast.
* We keep Castro updated regularly, fixing any bugs you report and adding new features.

What's New in Version 1.2.3

- Fixes a number of crashes in our networking code.
- This will be the last version that supports iOS 7. Version 1.3 will be iOS 8.1+ only.
- We're hard at work on Castro 2 — we can't wait to tell you more. Follow @supertopsquid on Twitter to get the latest news.

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Customer Reviews

Great overall

Sure looks better than other clunky podcast apps plus is much faster in search for new podcasts. It’s easy to subscribe and un-subscribe. Very little help on line or on the internet . I still don’t know how the default settings work. For those of us that did not design the app , why should we have to guess. ? . On one phone it indicated my app was using 4 or 5 gigs. No way to see which podcasts were downloaded & had to delete the entire app and restart. Its really worth the $ though if your into podcasts and want a simple way to learn what podcasts match your interests.

Delightful Design

Like some of the other reviewers, I listen to a lot of podcasts and have purchased most ever iOS podcast client. I keep coming back to Castro. It’s beautiful, functional, and a pleasure to use. While I enjoy Overcast’s “smart speed” feature and the idea of “saving time” while listening to podcasts, I land back at Castro because its a pleasure to use. The UI is a delight. Plus, I sample so many podcasts that Castro’s streaming—which isn’t an option in Overcast—is a preferred solution for me.

Great UI, but lacks fundamental features

I find it amazing that this app has received such high praise, when, in fact, it lacks fundamental features such as iCloud sync and badge notifications. It's not that I find it difficult to re-add my podcasts every time the app is downloaded, but I would expect the developer of a paid app to provide these features, especially this far into the product life cycle.

Castro — Podcast App
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  • $3.99
  • Category: News
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2.3
  • Size: 4.6 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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