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.
• 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
• Sync podcast subscriptions, playlists, settings and episode information with other Macs and iOS devices** via iCloud
• .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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* See the following Help article for an explanation of play speeds: http://support.downcastapp.com/customer/portal/articles/476114-playback-speeds
** Downcast for iOS is required for syncing to iOS devices
• Fixes issue with not being able to export episodes from a playlist
• Fixes a couple of dark mode bugs
Ratings and Reviews
Seems to be working again, but only after tossing it out completely.
As the title suggests, this version does seem to open on my rMBP running the latest version of Yosemite. However, on initial install it did not. I had to wipe all of my plist files and do a complete uninstall (in this case with the help of AppDelete) to find all of the files. This would have been incredibly annoying had Downcast for Mac been my primary podcasting app. Thankfully, the iPad version of this app works so well that it is my primary podcasting app and this is only my “backup” for when I want to listen to something while working.
The complete uninstall meant having to reset my preferences (thank you, iCloud sync), and to start downloading episodes again. In some cases this isn’t possible for podcasts that only release material for a week (This American Life), but again, this app for Mac has been so dodgy in the past that I don’t use it as my primary reservoir for podcasts.
I’ve given the app 3 stars because I want to like it. I love it on my iPad and it kills me that the Mac version is so buggy and horrible. Thankfully, iCloud sync makes it possible for me to get back up and running relatively quickly. It remains to be seen if this App is really ready for general release, but I have my fingers crossed.
Doesn’t sync media files
If your primary reason for using Downcast is it’s purported ability to sync between OS X and iOS, then you may be disappointed. Downcast will sync your podcast subscriptions and maybe some other nice things like what you’ve listened to and where you are in an episode. However, Downcast will not sync the media files themselves. This means the actually media file for an episode must be pulled down from the internet on each device. This can be a problem for podcasts like This American Life where only the current week’s episode is free. So for example, if you have a bunch of no-longer-free TAL episodes on your laptop that are not on your iPhone they will not sync to your iPhone using this software. In this example, it would be important for both the laptop and the iPhone to remain on and running Downcast in order to properly capture and download all the episodes of TAL as they go through their free week. For me this was a game changer to what I thought would be a very nice OS X application that would let me download and track and create playlists on my laptop that would then sync to my phone for listening. It only sort-of works for this in my case.
It's a good start...
Downcast is a great companion to the iOS application. The iCloud syncing works fairly well, but could refresh itself a little faster.. If I have the desktop app open, and am walking in from my car (where I was listening to Downcast), I would like to see it refresh the desktop app by the time I sit down 5 to 10 minutes later.
My two biggest complaints are the desktop app occasionally freezes (about once a day), and it downloads old episodes of certain podcasts. These two complaints only cost to the software one star because when I force quit the application, it tries to pick up exactly where I left off; the old episodes being downloaded are the same every time, which leads me to believe there might be something in the RSS feed causing these downloads.
The only thing I would like to see is the ability to have a "mini player" window like iTunes. For something I have playing a majority of the day, it takes up a large chunk of my desktop space.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.