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.
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.
Why Change from the Podcast app? Smart Speed Is Why
I never understood why anyone would use a different podcasting app than the one that is created by Apple. It just seemed like the obvious choice. But after listening to the "Cortex" podcast and hearing them recommend it I decided to try it.
For those that are unaware Overcast has a feature called "Smart Speed" that has a unique method of speeding up the words without changing how the speakers sound much at all. It is phenomenal. Using slow step ups I have begun listening to my podcasts at 2x the speed, allowing me to crush my podcast listening in the car ever quicker, and often times I have to double check to see if I even have smart speed on because I genuinely cannot tell once I've been accustomed to it.
Great feature. Great app. Highly recommended.
An app in decline
I've been using Overcast since day #1. It used to be a really good podcast player, but ever since the 3.x UI overhaul it's been a buggy mess, and it's not getting better -- worse in fact. It's much slower to launch, the UI has annoying lag on controls, it crashes, it doesn't get along with the iOS lock-screen audio control, and very lately it has started losing it's place when pausing playback (sometimes only going back in time a few minutes, other times as much as an hour. The other issues are merely irritations, but losing it's place in playback is a big deal in an audio player.
A new release will fix one set of bugs, but introduce a new set. Clearly, there's not enough testing happening before release. I hope this turns around, because I use Overcast daily... it's probably my #1 used app. If this get's any worse, I'll be going elsewhere for my podcast listening.
- 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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