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.
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.
- Adjust playback speed, and use Smart Speed to pick up extra speed without distorting the conversation.
- 3D Touch support
- Rich notifications
- Apple Watch app
- CarPlay support
Overcast is ad-supported. If you choose to purchase Overcast Premium to remove ads, payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the iTunes Store after purchase. Current price for the Season Pass is $9.99 USD per year, and may vary from country to country.
What's New in Version 3.1.6
New 2.5X and 3X speed options, and smoother high-speed playback.
By far the best, most fully-featured podcast app!
I have been a proud and faithful user of this app for a few years now, and Marco just continues to make the app better and better with every revision. Smart speed and the Apple Watch app are my favorite features. This is the only app that I know of that allows me to transfer and listen to podcasts natively on my watch WITHOUT my iPhone. Since I am an avid runner, this feature is hugely important to me. (This feature seems to have limited success with some people, but I've found that as long as I have Overcast up and running on both my phone and watch during transfers that they work without issue...ever. The easiest way to accomplish this is to transfer several podcasts to the watch WHILE listening to a different podcast on the phone. This will prevent the phone from 'killing' the app due to inactivity after a few minutes. By using this method, I am typically able to transfer several HOURS of podcasts in under 15 minutes.)
Too many bugs. Unresponsive developer.
I've been a happy user of Overcast since the first day it was released but the quality of the app has gone downhill, since version 3.
The functionality is great - five stars for what it can do. Smartspeed and Voiceboost are both fantastic features. But the app has far too many annoying bugs that drive me crazy. A couple that I encouter constantly are:
- After adding many episodes from the same podcast to the queue, most of the episodes will disappear from the queue.
- Episodes in the All Epsodes list will become unresponsive after a few moments. I have to leave the list and go back in to get it to work again.
I've reinstalled the app, I've upgraded my phone and installed a fresh copy but these bugs persist.
I've reported these but nothing from the developer - not even an automated response. I know that he works alone and does may not have the resources to individually respond to everyone, but ne needs to do a better job at communicating. He's getting paid, he's charging a subscription. A subscription I'm happy to pay. I want to give money to developers who create software I find valuable. But in return, I expect some level of service. Something more than no service at all.
I'll be turning off auto-renewal for my subscription and evaluating other podcasts apps. Hopefully the next version of Overcast will be better and I can continue to use it. I hope that's true because I really do like it and want to support individual developers.
Longing for the good ol days
I was curious if the previous issues I experienced had been resolved, but upon using the app for a few hours I have now experienced new problems. The end of every podcast is being chopped off. The same shows played in different players are not chopped at the end, and play normally as expected. Also shows that I explicitly delete from the playlist remain in the list. No method of deletion is working now. Lastly, some of the playlists honor the feature to prioritize playback, but for some unknown reason other playlists omit the feature altogether.
Frequent lockups/freezes and has completely crashed a number of times. I waited to test the latest update which stated that it resolved these problems. However, the app remains unstable and quite frustrating. Additionally playback has become unstable when playing at speed greater than normal speed-it plays back similar to a damaged CD.
Instead of playing the podcast when the icon is tapped an additional menu bar now appears. Then a second tap is required to play. Why? The additional menu bar is cool, I guess, but why degrade the previous quick and easy way? Also, reorganizing the playlist stack is now extremely cumbersome as the selected podcast moves extremely slow.
The thing that made this app great was its intuitive and simple nature. I had to read the dev's notes and ask on Twitter to figure out how to adjust playback speed. This, coupled with the tap-twice-to-play is regressive.
- Category: News
- Updated: May 25, 2017
- Version: 3.1.6
- Size: 19.6 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Language: English
- Seller: Overcast Radio, LLC
- © 2014–2017 Overcast Radio, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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