A powerful yet simple podcast player, with Smart Speed, Voice Boost, and Smart 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 shrink silences and pick up extra speed without distorting the conversation.
- 3D Touch support
- Rich notifications
- Apple Watch app with standalone podcast playback
- 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 Overcast Premium is $9.99 USD per year, and may vary from country to country.
- Instant Search: Find and subscribe to podcasts much more quickly, even after typing only a single letter.
- Minor fixes, including more accurate seeking and duration detection for malformed podcast files.
Ratings and Reviews
For the past too many years, I’ve been using whatever the native setup for podcasts was on my iPhone (most recently, the Podcasts app). I didn’t hate it but there were always things that I definitely didn’t like. My biggest frustration with Apple’s native app was the lack of personalization and organization. I’m not a consistent podcast listener. Instead, when I want something to listen to that isn’t music, I download a bunch of episodes that sound interesting and listen to them while traveling or cleaning or whatever otherwise monotonous or boring thing I’m doing.
I love Overcast because it allows a much greater degree of customization, and now I have the podcasts that I am a fan of separated into appropriately labeled playlists (my politics ones in a politics folder, my news ones in a news folder, etc). The amount of peace this gives me is great, and it’s easy to create a new playlist called something like “July Road Trip” and then pick out the topics I feel like listening to from their respective playlists (ie politics, economics, news, or comedy), and download some episodes that sound good.
I’ve tried a couple other podcast apps over the past two months or so, and I think Overcast is the one I want to commit to. I’d say we’re engaged and in the lead-up to the wedding but if somehow something much better comes along... I’ll have to bail before the wedding. But given my experience using it so far, I think that’s very, very unlikely.
Best one yet...
Out of all the podcast players I’ve tried (there have been a lot!), this one is the most user friendly. I am an avid podcast listener and am subscribed to at least 50. Overcast accommodates all of them, even if the memory on my phone doesn’t! There are only a few complaints about Overcast’s functionality: the title page of each podcast may have a description but the app doesn’t allow you to see the entire text. It does allow you to read the details of each episode, unlike some of the others I’ve tried. Another non-feature that drives me nuts is if you back out of the screen your podcast is playing, you can’t go back to that podcast; instead you have to scroll through them all again, e.g., if I am listening to Casefile and want to look at descriptions of other podcasts, I can’t just go back to the Casefile podcast episode list. I have to return to the top and scroll back down the list to find Casefile again. At least they are in alphabetical order, not the order I added the podcast. I have to admit, that’s the most annoying non-feature I’ve discovered so far. Other than that, the sound is great, you can build a playlist and the forward/backward buttons are adjustable. If Overcast could fix these two little gripes I have, it could take over the podcast world!! *deep, maniacal laugh*. Seriously, if you’re looking for a convenient podcast player, this is it. Happy listening.
Good default podcast app replacement.
iOS 11 iRuined the podcast app, and I needed a replacement stat. To be honest this is the first app I downloaded, and I haven’t needed to download another.
The good - initial loading of my 20+ subscribed podcasts was quick and easy. Set the first playing in the playlist and it plays through until you hit stop or it runs out. I like having a running playlist of all of the current unplayed or partially played episodes, that I can quickly drag and prioritize my new dailies before my weeklies.
The bad - after the initial load, I can’t seem to browse new podcasts to add. I click a category, and the app freezes. It keeps playing what I was listening to, I can double click home to get out, but it’s not loading the search. I can kill it, go back, rinse repeat - same story. I presume it’s a bug from ios11, but it’s the one showstopper for me...
Feature wishes - prioritize new podcasts like the playlist; automatic subscription loading from default podcast app; a new type of discovery service - perhaps curated or within current categories - give me 5 or 10 minute chunks of the top 5 podcasts, or give me the top rated / top streamed pod? episode? from the top 5 channels within a category ... something that gives me enough to preview, but isn’t oppressive - add a subscribe now button to the GUI and I’m set; separate video podcast section to really blow through my gigs.
- Overcast Radio, LLC
- 14 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2014–2019 Overcast Radio, LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Overcast Premium $9.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.
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