Description

Castamatic is the best app to listen to podcasts on any iOS device. Quickly assemble a custom sequence of shows to listen to or create a smart playlist, and listen to your favorite shows with enhanced audio quality, thanks to Castamatic's machine learning enhanced Auto-leveler DSP algorithm.

Highlights
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A piece of the iPod lives on inside Castamatic. The "On the Go" playlist was originally meant to assemble a new playlist on the iPod if inspiration came while away from the computer, and then sync it to iTunes as soon as user goes back home. This becomes even more useful in Castamatic, where users can pick the episodes they want to listen to in their next listening session and assemble them in a playlist just before leaving. The On the Go playlist will mantain the same order in which the episodes were added, then the user can move and rearrange them manually. As soon as an episode has been completely listened to it will be automatically removed from the On the Go playlist.

Key Features
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-Smart playlists with priority shows.

-Manual "On the Go" Playlist
quickly pick shows for the next listening session.

-Automatic or manual playlist reordering:
sort playlists by date, or arrange them in a custom sequence.

-Full support for Siri shortcuts

-Program dependent Automatic Leveler:
increase audio level consistency between different parts/voices of each show, without altering original audio character.

-Adaptive Gap-Zapper:
increase play speed without losing intellegibility by shortening silent parts. Available in three levels for maximum customization.

-Streaming support:
spare network traffic downloading only the parts you want to play, when you want to play them. (Or automatically download the whole thing as soon as it is published).

-Chapters:
quickly jump to favorite topics (available for podcasts that support ID3 chapter marks).

-Apple Watch support:
control playing, volume, pick episodes, control audio effects directly from the watch app.

-CarPlay support:
take your favorite shows with you in your car.

-3D-touch support:
preview shownotes without interrupting currently playing show (on older devices the same feature is available by long press).

-iCloud sync:
sync subscriptions and playhead position. Pick subscribed shows on any of her iOS devices and resume playing from the point you left.

-AudioUnit API based custom player
for maximum performance and minimal battery drain.

-Serverless design:
our studio can go out of business but Castamatic will keep on working until there are podcasts to listen to on planet Earth.

-Future proof:
Castamatic was coded using Swift from the ground up.


Subscription (in app purchase)
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Castamatic is supported by advertising. A subscription is available to remove all ads.

Subscription title is "One Year Premium Subscription"

The duration of subscription is one year.

The price of subscription is 4.99 US dollars for one year of subscription, and can vary for different countries and currencies.

Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase

Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end
of the current period

Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and
identify the cost of the renewal

Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the
user’s Account Settings after purchase

Privacy policy: https://castamatic.com/privacy

Terms of Use: https://castamatic.com/terms_of_use/

Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable

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What's New

Version 4.5.4

Version 4.5.4

- Improved complications for new watches

- Improved transport UI

- Improved iCloud sync speed

Version 4.5.3

- Fix for Siri shortcuts bug

Version 4.5.2

- Fixed: Castamatic did download artwork disregarding podcast settings

- Current chapter's duration and remaining time in chapter list

- Minor bug fixes


Version 4.5.1

- Improved UI for new watch models

- Added pause voice shortcut for Siri

Version 4.5

- Support for Siri shortcuts

- New watchOS player UI with volume control

- Renewed player UI

Version 4.0

- New Auto-leveler effect, with machine learning assisted voice/music detector and dynamic range optimizer.

- Improved sync: both contents and sort order of the OnTheGo playlist are synced between devices and restored when app is reinstalled.

- Improved UI better integrated with iOS 11 look and feel

- Multiple item drag’n drop

- Improved speed and stability

- Improved dark theme

- Improved podcast chapter support

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings
Kenijo

A great app with non intrusion email ads

I live this app, it a great podcast player and yes it has ads but they are not that intrusive. Where others put their ads at the bottom of the app, reducing the app screen real estate and making you touch the ad everytime you want to press play / back / forward, this app inserts its ads in the flow of podcasts. Good design!

Thanks for your work.

Developer Response

Hello Kenijo. We are glad you appreciate Castamatic. I can confirm the app can play episodes in the background and play while silent mode is active. If you continue to experience this problems it's possible you need to reinstall Castamatic or reboot your device. You can contact our support at info at castamatic dot com.

Mickeyi04

Loved the app and issue fixed

I had to stop using the app because it downloads episode art and there is no way to prevent this. While you can stop the display of episode artwork, it still downloads the artwork in the background. Add Joe Rogan and watch the storage use rise.

Edit: The developers have apparently fixed this issue. 5 stars

Developer Response

Hello Mickeyi04, thank you for your review.
You are right, there is no way at this time to globally disable showing episode specific artwork. If you like you can disable it on a per podcast basis, in every podcast's settings unchecking the last option "Show episode artwork".

A bug that caused the download of episode artwork even when disabled in the single podcast preferences should be now fixed as of 4.5.2

We are considering adding options to globally disable both episode artwork and chapter artwork in a future version of the app.
Thanks again for taking the time to review Castamatic!

KNWR

Nice audio-processing features; sync lacking, issues with buffering/UI responsiveness

I really like the audio features (leveling, gap reduction, speed-up), but this app has a few major issues with syncing, playback, and responsiveness. First, I've set up a bunch of playlists on my phone but those dont sync over to my other iOS devices. Also, the UI often freezes up for several seconds when loading lists. Also, the audio often stalls out while the app is apparently rebuffering, and sometimes audio gets caught in a loop (I assume this is also related to a buffering issue).

If the developer can address the above issues (and add an option for 1.75x playback, which would be my preferred playback speed), I would consider this a 5-star app.

Information

Seller
Franco Solerio
Size
39.2 MB
Category
News
Compatibility
Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Languages
English
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright
© 2015-2018 Franco Solerio
Price
Free
In-App Purchases
  1. Unlock everything $3.99
  2. Premium Subscription $8.49

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

  • Siri

    Get things done within this app using just your voice.

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