Castro — High Fidelity Podcasts
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"Podcasting apps are so tough to get right. I’ve tried them all, and Castro fits perfectly with the way I like to manage and listen."
— Dan Benjamin, Founder of 5by5
Castro is a revolutionary podcast client that's smart, graceful, and designed exclusively for iOS 7.
* Brand new app, exclusive to iOS 7.
* Gesture-based interface that puts content front and center.
* Episodes tab makes it easy to find the latest episodes of all your podcasts.
* Full screen themes make podcasts look as good as they sound
* Innovative player controls, optimised for podcast listening.
* Takes advantage of iOS 7'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.
* Fast search.
* Simple, well thought out settings.
* 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.
* 5 Playback Speeds.
What's New in Version 1.0.7
* Remember which tab was last selected (podcasts | episodes)
* Links in show notes are less prone to accidentally tapping.
* Fixes issue where audio could play twice when using Airplay.
* Fix a crash that would occur when dismissing a podcast quickly after opening an episode.
* Fix a crash in our networking code.
* Episode mp3s with very long urls no longer fail to save after downloading.
* Keyboard shenanigans in search interface have been removed.
* Fix an issue that was causing initial app startup to be slow, leading to iOS killing the app on older devices.
* Animation speeds adjusted for future version of iOS 7
* No more gap above the notification banners as it bounces in
* Search interface is smarter about generating artwork, and performs much better on older devices.
* Fix an issue where two episodes could end up showing ontop of each other.
* Improved text selection on show notes.
* Fixes issue where audio player could fail when paused in background for a long time.
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Stunning, Simple, Smart
The title says it all. This isn't the most feature packed podcast app. This isn't the most complex, customizable podcast app either. But where it does excel is with stunning visuals, great UI that continues to get better with each update (which app is updated regularly), and it is incredibly simple to use. That is a lot more than I can say for other apps like Apple's podcast app, instacast, downcast, and others.
It does need queuing, but the devs have been extremely communicative and forward with users with their updates. They say they will add this in future updates and from what I've seen, I've got no reason to not believe them.
Hands down the best podcast app I've used to date and has found a spot on my homepage as the go to podcast app for all 12 of my podcasts I subscribe to.
Castro is incredibly polished and focused. They got the experience right, and made a lot of really smart decisions.
I never noticed how much baggage most podcast clients are lugging around — some of it legacy support, some of it power user "needs" — until making the transition to Castro. A few weeks in, I appreciate the intentional omissions (example: no badges on the app icon) and revel in how much more I LIKE using this app than my last client.
I'm a very happy convert.
Two things I'd love to see:
1) Queuing. (No playlists please.)
2) Episode dates somewhere in the list view of individual podcasts. (Back-catalog browsing is hard.)
Nice and simple
This is a very simple podcast app. There are some options, but not many. Subscribe to some podcasts, play them, and view show notes.
The only issue I have is that it might be difficult to read some show notes. This is because Castro takes on the colors of the podcasts logo and applies that to the background and text of the show notes. Some of the color combinations don't make for a great reading experience.