Downcast, the popular iOS podcast app is now available for OS X! Download, play and sync** your favorite podcasts with an intuitive interface built specifically for podcasts.

Subscription Features
• Search, subscribe to and download audio and video podcasts
• Manually subscribe to podcasts via URL
• Download podcasts automatically (including resuming downloads)
• Browse and download older podcast episodes
• Auto-update podcast feeds based on schedule
• Settings for auto-download and episode retention (globally and per-podcast)
• Import and export podcast feeds via OPML
• Import supported audio/video media files
• Support for password-protected feeds
• Create and edit "smart" playlists
• View podcast details and episode show notes
• Rename podcast subscription names

iCloud Syncing
• Sync podcast subscriptions, playlists, settings and episode information with other Macs and iOS devices** via iCloud

Playback Features
• .5x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2x, 2.25x, 2.5x, 2.75x and 3x speed playback*
• Chapters support for enhanced podcasts
• Stream episodes without downloading

For support, please email:

* See the following Help article for an explanation of play speeds:

** Downcast for iOS is required for syncing to iOS devices

What's New

Version 2.9.30

• Fixes iCloud sync bug
• Fixes crash caused by some episodes' time-based metadata
• Fixes continuous play issue when starting playback using an episode's context menu

Ratings and Reviews

A good start, needs work


Users of the iOS version will find the interface of the OSX version very familiar. Similar controls and icons with a standard OSX finish are a good start, but some elements, like the played status icons, don't translate from tiny touchscreen to large desktop very well. There are a few obvious features missing, eg: the play/pause key on the keyboard doesn't control playback, getting to the shownotes is hidden under rick-click > get info. Small issues in an otherwise stable and handy program.

My only major gripe has been with mixed results syncing across devices. I wasn't able to to get it working on my Macbook Air over a slowish tethered connection, but trying my iMac on a different day, faster connection, and toggling all the settings in both the OSX and iOS app on and off brought it to life. Maybe just a bad day for the Apple servers? I don't know, but it is another UI area that could do with improvement.

Works flawlessly


I read all the negative reviews (saying it was buggy and didn’t sync properly) and clicked the purchase button with tepid curiosity - half expecting to be disappointed. All I can say is that something must have been fixed between the reviews I read and the version I downlaoded because it works just as I’d hoped it would. I can play a podcast in downcast on my iPhone, and then open Downcast on my Mac and everything is just as it should be - episodes are synced, playback position is synced to the second. Likewise it works just as well in the other direction. I’m really happy with it. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is that I don’t think the UI is quite as polished as it could be - perfectly functional - but not really beautiful to look at.

It's not as bad as some say, and it should be supported!

Barefoot Al

On iOS, I use this app every day - litterally. I live in podcast world and it's an amazing app. There are some things id improve in iOS, but it's very functional and easy to use, and it's very reliable.

The Mac version clearly comes form the same place, but I would agree that this first release is perhaps a little bit premature. It needs just a little more work to bring it up to the high standard expected by users of the iOS version.

Having said that, I have no dout it will get there, and for that reason, I have bought it. Small businesses need money to keep going, and so my vote is for supporting the developer to make this a great app, even if we have to wait al ittle while. Let's put some money in his pockets!


Jamawkinaw Enterprises LLC
25 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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