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 3.0.2
3.0.2 is a minor bugfix update for 3.0, which had:
- New design with many big and small UI improvements
- All-new watchOS 3 app
- Easy queue management
- Widget, rich notifications, 3D Touch, and more
Used to be 5 stars
The new UI is annoying. Hate that I can't play an episode without tapping the title. Need to hit another play button after that. WHY? Also can't swipe to delete episode. NEW MENU IS REDUNDANT. GO BACK TO THE OLD VERSION.
Very nice update! Really improved UI, the actions buttons for the episodes' list are really useful. In general the UI is much cleaner.
New interface, hurts me like an apple pencil being poked in my side.
I shall of course update this review in the future as I find more things that cause me great frustration, but right off the start:
I like that there's a new watchOS app, on my new watch it almost seems functional. Except for the part where I made a playlist of podcasts and I can't figure out how to switch to any podcast that isn't in that playlist. Sure, that's great if I'm just trying to listen to every Riverdale podcast I have subscribed. But suppose I then want to switch to my Apple and Tech playlist to find out if somebody has made a new podcast about the new Overcast update? You mean I have to go to my phone and use that? I don't know if I'm more upset that it seems to defeat the purpose of having a watch app or just the idea that something so simple should be there and I tried all sorts of manipulations to try and figure out something which should be there. Yes. I did try going to to the list of podcasts and forcetouching. Or doing a side swipe.
Let's go to the phone interface, shall we? There's so much vertical space and padding around podcasts in the list that I can't figure out if it was intentional or if the app is spreading things apart because I have a plus sized phone. On a 1080p screen, somehow I can only get 6 list items? You're joking, right? Perhaps it would make more sense if somehow the text was larger and easy to read. Maybe if I play around with the text size in the system text slider I'll get larger text but somehow this just seems like a really poor choice of text / space ratio. (Yes, when I'm not listening to a podcast I get to see another item in the list).
What might be the most annoying new "feature" somehow requires me to make an extra tap to play a podcast. You tap on the episode and then this menu bar pops down under it and I have to tap on a play button to play the episode? Why am I tapping on this thing? For my health? Oh, there's a trash button too ... What was wrong with the swipe right convention? Every time I want to listen to a different episode, I'm going to have to tap tap tap tap infinitum. Can you imagine if iTunes required you to click on a song and then move the mouse to find a play button and then click that? There's this lovely (i) circle on the right side of the episode list, why can't you just make the little menu bar behavior tied to that and tapping anywhere else on the table element play by default? NAH, THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE.
And then. Can we discuss the podcast playing card? You may not notice this if you're listening to a podcast in chapters. But that's not something that always happens. Like for isntance, NPR's CarTalk podcast. When you listen to CarTalk below the podcast art you see a tiny gear, an orange dot, and a tiny i. Now mind you, you might think this is some mistakenly miniscule touch target but no, it's not. Instead it's supposed to be a visual cue that you're supposed to swipe left and right to get settings for playback and the podcast notes. Makes sense right? Not really. Nope.
And when the podcast player is minimized to the bottom, try tapping a HAMBURGER MENU to get it to pop up. Not say, to access a menu like you would assume provided that's the convention of the hamburger in every other usage ever. Nope. (Hyperbole). Granted you could do what I have always done and tapped the small icon art on the left hand side to pop the card up but you know, symmetry or empty space or ABUSE OF CONVENTION. I mean what, was this written by a perl or ruby hacker?
And still, one of my biggest complaints. I'm using bluetooth headphones. I am listening to a podcast. I ask a question. Playback does not resume. If I listen to music using the iOS Music app, ask siri a question, playback resumes.
UPDATE: Also, doing a ForceTouch on a different podcast episode other than what I'm listening to brings up the show notes with a share button, a recommend button, and a trash button and like NO PLAY BUTTON. Why is it so hard to play podcasts in Overcast?!?
- Category: News
- Updated: Feb 23, 2017
- Version: 3.0.2
- Size: 18.9 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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