Overcast: Podcast Player
By Overcast Radio, LLC
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A powerful yet simple audio podcast player, with features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost, and Smarter Playlists to help you listen to more podcasts in more places, try new shows, and completely control your experience.
Note: Some features are locked or limited. The single "Unlock Everything" in-app purchase unlocks them all.
Overcast is a modern, fully featured audio podcast player with many useful features in a simple, intuitive interface:
- Download podcasts for playing anytime, even when offline.
- Search and browse for new podcasts, plus get recommendations from Twitter.
- Create custom Playlists with smart filters and per-podcast priorities, and rearrange the list whenever you want.
- Receive optional push notifications when new episodes arrive.
- Subscribe to a podcast, or just add an episode: try new shows without committing.
- Download podcasts over cellular, set a sleep timer, or use Voice Boost to enhance and normalize speech volume. (Included in Unlock Everything.)
- Adjust playback speed, and use Smart Speed to pick up extra speed without distorting the conversation. (Included in Unlock Everything.)
- Navigate with CarPlay. (On supported car radios.)
What's New in Version 1.1.4
NOTE: When you first launch this update, some recently deleted podcasts may re-download as new. The previous version had a sync bug that's fixed now, but some one-time duplication is unavoidable. I'm sorry for the trouble.
- Lots of fixes, especially related to sync.
- New Nitpicky Details settings.
Sleep timer that pauses
For several years I’ve looked of a great podcast app to replace Apple’s poor offering. I’ve finally discovered it with Overcast. I particularly love its process features. They make listening quite a bit more enjoyable. Even my skepticism about playlists was appeased. I find I like having several playlists and having the app auto-load new podcasts into them.
But I do have one suggestion, It’d be great to have a sleep time pauses rather than stops when the sleep timer runs out. Hitting the play/pause button would resume playing with the same sleep time period set. That lets up keep playing until we fall asleep and make it easier to get back to where we fell asleep the next day.
One other suggestion. In general, I like having Overcast auto-delete podcasts when I finish listening. But there are exceptions. There are podcasts on emergency medicine that I like to listen to several times. It’d be great if we could designate certain podcasts, playlists, or specific episodes to not be automatically deleted. It might even make sense to have a playlist that cycled a just-listened-to podcast to the back of the list, so we could listen again a few weeks later.
Excellent, With One Glaring Flaw
I downloaded this app and paid to unlock all the features the first day it was available, based on the description and the reputation of the developer (love Instapaper). And it didn’t disappoint at first. However, one major problem has developed that has me looking at other options.
I have several playlists but in each the sorting options are limited to oldest to newest or newest to oldest, each grouped by podcast. I want to organize the order myself (and I try) but the app has a nasty habit of rearranging the episodes every time a new one is downloaded. Sometimes the order is changed even without a new item being added. I had to turn off the option to sync over cellular since the order I had set would be changed during my commute. Tough to fix while driving.
I’m not going to abandon Overcast quite yet but I hope that a future update will add the option for a simple manual sort for playlists.
Once you're accustomed to using voice boost and smart speed to listen to your podcasts, there's no turning back. These two features alone are well worth the cost. That said, these are about the only features that currently set Overcast apart from any other podcast app. The push sync feature is also nice but a fairly minor thing to the end user.
I understand this is app is going for the minimalist design, but Marco could at least put a volume control slider in there somewhere. A few other "essential" features Overcast could use is a podcast priority selection for those certain podcasts you find more time sensitive than others (like news podcasts). A badge count on the app icon should be standard as well as the ability to stream podcasts instead of downloads only. Lastly, being able to control when downloaded and played podcasts delete would be nice.
- Category: News
- Updated: Feb 23, 2015
- Version: 1.1.4
- Size: 3.9 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Overcast Radio, LLC
- © 2014 Overcast Radio, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
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