Castro: Podcast Player
Open iTunes to buy and download apps.
The New York Times named Castro one of the Best Apps of 2016!
Castro is the first app that is designed to help you track a broad range of shows and pick out the episodes that appeal to you. To do this, we introduce a concept that is new to podcast apps: episode triage.
Triage allows you to scan new episodes and decide whether you’re interested or not.
- Inbox: Newly published episodes land here. Review the descriptions, queue the best ones and archive the rest.
- Queue: A central playlist to plan your listening in advance. Queued episodes are automatically downloaded, and can be re-ordered or archived any time.
You can set your favourite shows to queue automatically and use the inbox to triage the rest.
This allows you to expand your listening habits without overwhelming your play queue. Subscribing to a podcast doesn't have to be 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 on iOS 10 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 2.2.1
FIXED IN 2.2.1
- Fixes a crash that could happen when downloading large artwork in the Widget.
NEW IN 2.2
This release focusses on providing convenient access to your podcasts from new places, for those times when you want to quickly start listening with minimal effort.
- CarPlay: You've already queued the episodes you're interested in, so it's one tap to start playing one. Castro's powerful queue and inbox system means that you don't need to dig through collections of playlists to find the episode you're looking for.
- iOS 10 Widget reveals the next 4-12 episodes in your queue at a glance. Tap the podcast artwork to open Castro and start playing that episode. Add the widget to the Search screen by swiping to the right on the Home screen or the Lock screen, and tap "Edit". If you have an iPhone with 3d Touch, you can tap and hold on the app icon to reveal the widget.
- Quick Actions also allow 3d touch users to Start a sleep timer, Search for a podcast using the clipboard, open the inbox or the queue, by force pressing on the app icon.
- When sharing, you can now add a timestamp to share urls using the activity in the share sheet that pops off (you might need to scroll it onscreen)
- Handoff includes a timestamp so you can easily continue playing in safari on your Mac
- Subscribe to Castro using a URL scheme from: castro://subscribe/example.com/feed.rss will open castro to the discover screen with that podcast loaded.
- Fixes a crash that could happen when Castro is refreshing in the background
- Fixes crashes that could happen when archiving/queueing an episode or when tapping on an episode cell
- Changing skip duration would fail to update now playing info until I play/pause again
- Deselecting a cell can no longer cause it to scroll out of view
- If app is in night mode, messages app no longer uses dark cells.
- Fix an issue where Castro could occasionally fail to automatically download episodes in the background.
- Fix for issue where new episodes would not arrive in the inbox if you had restored from a backup.
- Fixed podcasts that were returning error 5009.
- Discover screen no longer gets stuck with search results and errors on top of each other.
- Fixes a crash during background completion of downloads on older devices.
If you like what we're doing with Castro, please leave a review and tell a friend about it! There's a shortcut from settings in Castro to get to the app store review page.
Already fantastic with room for improvement
I subscribe to 40+ podcasts and I need a simple way to power through my backlog. I've tried Overcast and Pocket Casts, and while they are also great with handy features that Castro doesn't have (yet), Castro works best for me. Triage works so well - I can process my queue quickly and efficiently at my leisure.
There are things I'd like to see in future updates, however. I miss Voice Boost for smoother levels across podcasts - it's rough to kick the volume up in order to clearly listen to one episode, only to get your ears blasted by the next! Chapter support for supported podcasts is also missing.
Love it! I'm ditching Overcast for Castro!
This podcast application offers the best interface I have found for my use case of subscribing to many podcasts but deciding per episode, by episode description, which shows to add to my queue. 6/5 stars. Would happily pay more for this fantastic tool.