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Castro: High Fidelity Podcasts

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Castro is a revolutionary podcast client that's smart, focused, and exclusive to iOS.

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“New podcast listening app for iPhone, with an elegant, simple interface. I don’t recall ever seeing a playback/scrubbing interface quite like Castro’s, and it’s really good.”
— John Gruber, Daring Fireball

“Personally speaking, I've found my new podcast app of choice.”
— Richard Devine, iMore

The Financial Times crowned Castro the "Best Designed App for Listening to Serial".

“This app is great. It’s a new entrant into the iOS podcasting space, but it shouldn’t be seen that way. It’s a very functional app in a visually impressive package.”
— Benjamin Mayo, 9to5mac

“Castro's a fantastic podcast app”
— Lifehacker

“Podcast clients continue to be a modern UI design playground for an evolving medium, and Castro 1.1 is a solid exponent in this field.”
— Federico Viticci, Mac Stories

“Nice app.”
— Jim Dalrymple

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* Gesture-based interface that puts content front and center.
* Episodes timeline makes it easy to find the latest episodes of all your podcasts.
* Continuous play option to automatically play the next episode.
* Voice-optimized playback speed algorithm makes podcasts sound incredibly good when played at fast or slow speeds. No other podcast app sounds this good.
* Full screen themes make podcasts look as good as they sound.
* Innovative player controls, optimized for podcast listening.
* Takes advantage of iOS'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.
* Exceptionally fast search.
* Simple, well thought out settings.
* Easy to manage cellular data usage.
* Sleep timer for listening in bed. Still awake when the episode pauses? Just tap play again on the lock screen or headphone remote to extend the sleep timer.
* 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.
* We keep Castro updated regularly, fixing any bugs you report and adding new features.

What's New in Version 1.5.2

- Improvements to spotlight indexer.
- Fixes bug where episode cells wouldn't stay highlighted on iPhone 6S
- Fixes crash with unexpected characters in feeds like Our Daily Bread.
- Updated security certificate for search.

Thanks to our patrons who support the development of Castro.

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Customer Reviews

Great podcast app, but has room for improvement.

This is one beautiful app. The gestures intuitive, search is swift, and the general listening experience is pleasant. However, it doesn't seem to download podcasts in the background like its competitors do (overcast, for example). Even with the appropriate settings fiddled with, notifications for new episodes are often late, or nonexistent altogether, until you launch the app.
It would also be great if there was a feature to enable rearrangement of downloaded episodes, in addition to the default date-sorted.
All in all, it's a great app!

It's been years since I've written an app review

But this app is so good that it deserves a good review from eveeryone who downloads it. It looks great, it's easy to use and has great features. Without a doubt one of the best apps I've ever downloaded and way better than the podcast app that comes with the ipod 6 (you used to be able to delete it but now it's there for better or worse permanently.

Favorite Podcast App

Haven’t tried all the podcast apps, but this one is dope. Love the settings too. They made some UI choices that might confuse some users, but I like it a hell-a-lot. It took me a while to warm up to the episodes tab, but I really like that section a lot now.

Castro: High Fidelity Podcasts
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  • Free
  • Category: News
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.5.2
  • Size: 6.6 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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