Original podcast with original ideas for original people.
Luminary is a premium podcast app that offers access to shows from top creators you won’t find anywhere else, plus the ones you already love.
Subscribe to Premium for access to over 40 ad-free podcasts launching this year including top existing shows and compelling originals - all from giants of podcasting, legendary entertainers, and diverse voices. Ad-free and only on Luminary.
Luminary offers the following features to enhance your listening experience:
Customized for you: Luminary is focused on offering a personalized experience and customized recommendations tailored to your tastes and listening habits, helping you solve what to listen to next.
Curation: Luminary has an editorial team programming the app based on topical and relevant content to target specific users.
Continued listening: Pick up right where you left off and continue to listen to any podcast you have played recently, up to 40 and all from your home screen.
Search: A robust search, with rich results including episodes and shows.
Offline mode: Take your favorite podcasts on the go, in the air, or underground...wherever you like to listen.
Previews: Listen to upcoming previews for podcasts before you commit, right on the home screen.
Follow: Follow your favorite shows, get alerts for new episodes, and listen right from your home screen or manage in My Shows tab.
Bookmark: Add individual episodes to your bookmarks, sort by dragging and dropping to listen in the order you want, and download or stream your entire bookmarks.
Playback speed: Speed it up or slow it down, listen to podcasts at the speed you want.
Airplay: Stream podcasts to your favorite airplay compatible and Bluetooth enabled devices, including smart speakers, wireless headphones, and home theater systems, just to name a few.
Sleep timer: Let Luminary and your favorite podcast lull you to sleep. Set the app to go to sleep in 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, or smartly at the end of the episode, you are listening to.
Information related to in-app purchases, subscriptions, and introductory free trial: This 1 month free trial offer is limited to new subscribers only. Payment for your subscription will be charged to your iTunes Account at the end of the trial period or at confirmation of purchase if you are not eligible for the trial. If you cancel before the end of the trial period, you will not be charged. If you don’t cancel before the end of the trial period, your subscription will renew automatically and your iTunes Account will be charged $7.99 plus applicable taxes within 24-hours prior to the end of the trial period. Your subscription will continue to renew automatically each month and you will be charged $7.99/month plus applicable taxes within 24-hours prior to the end of each billing period until you cancel. You can manage or cancel your subscription in your account settings on the App Store. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when you purchase a subscription, where applicable.
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This release includes minor updates and bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Great content and interface
I downloaded the app so I can listen to Rewatchables 1999, and I am intrigued by several of your other shows. I was immediately impressed by the interface- very intuitive and easy to use. Obviously the exclusive content is what will entice people like me to pay for a monthly subscription. I would like to request a "Rewatchables TV" that dives into the most rewatchable TV shows. If you can somehow convince Mallory and Jason to do Binge Mode Battlestar Galactica, then just go ahead and take my money and I will delete my other podcast apps from my phone. While I am making requests, how about some exclusive Ride Home content from Brian McCullough of Internet History Podcast fame?
As for the folks posting critical comments- I assume they are also ranting about evil Netflix while watching Matlock reruns on NBC. Personally, I want to listen to the best content from my favorite podcast creators. If it is available for free with ads, then that is how I will consume it. If I can only get the content via a subscription, then I will subscribe. The same is true for my TV watching habits. We are living in the golden age of TV and podcast content - just enjoy the ride while it lasts.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the review! Information like this is critical to our goal of providing a great product and experience to podcast fans. We’ll keep working to make sure you continue loving our app. We love hearing which podcasts listeners are fans of and would like to see on Luminary (as well as other feedback you might have). Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share more.
Great idea, TERRIBLE execution.
Came for the AM Archives. Won’t be staying after the show is over. TAMA is what I hoped for from this platform—an independent creator getting the chance to expand on their work and pay everyone involved—but that is the one and only good thing about this disaster so far. The technology is messy and glitchy, which is hurting the people they ARE paying to host shows here, but the people who create free podcasts are the ones being hurt the most. Luminary tweeted an offensive jab at ad-supported podcasts, and while that tweet was removed and apologized for, they’ve simply continued down the same path. They are taking people’s content without permission—one case in point is The Bridge, where the creators never gave permission for Luminary to use their content, only one creator was even credited, and the website (which includes transcripts, making the show more accessible for listeners) was removed from episode descriptions. Others have spoken out as well. Luminary seems to be (maybe) doing something about this, but it’s too little too late—they’ve already lost the faith of too many people.
Waiting for improvements
I moved over to Luminary following my favorite podcast Guys We F*cked. I see the potential in this app and I plan to stick it out until they get settled.
- The recommendations algorithm is superior to the Podcasts app. The first login to Luminary I already discovered about five new podcasts to add to my library.
- The original shows have a high quality, even if I don't necessarily care about the topics
- Right now the loading is very slow. It took maybe one minute to completely load the home page, and marking an episode as played triggers a loading screen.
- I would be happy to have a way to archive episodes. For podcasts where I am making my way through the back catalog, it takes a lot of scrolling to get to the episodes I want. For this interface I prefer the Podcasts app, where the available and played episodes are in a separate area than the episodes I've downloaded.
- The incomplete catalog means I am missing my favorite shows from Gimlet, forcing me to use two apps. Combined with the other issues I plan to treat Podcasts as my primary app and go to Luminary for the original content until the improvements are made.
- Luminary Media, LLC
- 56.4 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2018 Luminary Media, LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Luminary Premium - Monthly $7.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.