HardCast is an advanced and modern Podcast Player for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch (iPhone not needed during playback, playback via bluetooth headphones). With it's Smart Playlists and advanced playback capabilities, it automates tasks you had to perform manually in the past and improves the experience of listening to podcasts. HardCast also supports CarPlay. Your Library synchronizes via iCloud, so you don't even have to register a new account.


• Player:
- Shorten Silences
- Play Sound After Episode Ends
- Voice Equalizer: Enhance spoken content and make it louder
- Backskipping: Skip back a few seconds (configurable) when pausing for you to recognise the context of the conversation when you resume playback
- Custom Equalizer
- Change Playback Rate
- Change Seek Interval
- Sleep Timer: Pause Playback after a chosen time interval, or after the end of an episode or chapter
- Stream or Download Episodes
◦ Download Episodes Individually, per Playlist and/or per Podcast

• Apple Watch Support:
- Play Podcasts on Apple Watch (via Bluetooth, watchOS 3.2+)
- Use your Apple Watch as a Remote for HardCast on iPhone

• Playlists:
- Standard Playlists:
◦ Add individual Episodes
- Smart Playlists:
◦ Order Episodes by Publication Date
◦ Order Episodes by Podcast Priority
- Priorities managed per Smart Playlist
- Reorder individual Episodes
- Subplaylists that can be ordered differently, giving you the ability to order some Podcasts by Priority, some by Publication Date
◦ Automatically skip to new Episodes of higher prioritised Podcasts when they become available (optional)
◦ Add individual Episodes

• Episodes:
- Download or Stream
- New Episode Notifications
◦ Optional per Podcast
- Limit Unplayed Episodes
◦ Optional per Podcast

• Chapters:
- Support for AAC (m4a, mp4, ...) and MP3 chapters
- Automatic Detection of Chapters in Shownotes
- Artworks
- Mark individual Chapters to skip
- Automatically detect Intros, Outros and ADs
◦ Skip Chapters by Type
- Optional per Podcast

• Configure the Appearance of the App
- Dark Theme
- Show Remaining Episodes on the App Icon and/or the Feed Tab
- Show or Hide Explicit, Chapter, Advertisement and Download Badges on Episodes

• Protected Podcast Support

• CarPlay Support

• Synchronisation between multiple Devices or as a Backup
- Works via iCloud, no Account Registration required

• Integrated Feedback

What's New

Version 1.4.2

- Added bulk-marking (played/unplayed) of episodes
- Improvements

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Great playlist features


Just started using this app. It's very customizable and has a lot of potential. The developer is very responsive, as well. I'm looking forward to seeing how this app improves and is refined over time.

Still unable to use


I still get constant crashes when attempting to import or subscribe to podcasts. It's unusable.

Nice app with potential


Would like to see further improvements especially with Apple Watch playback (volume control, synchronisation progress, etc.).


Jann Schafranek
34.6 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, German
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Jann Schafranek


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