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Pocket Casts

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Description

Pocket Casts is a premium podcasting app for iPhone and iPad.
With a unique set of simple, yet powerful features and a limitless podcast database, you’re sure to find something for you:

BEST IN SHOW
Design: Your podcasts have never looked so beautiful, colours change to complement podcast artwork
Themes: Choose between dark and light display themes
Universal: Custom but familiar iPad interface, supporting Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture

POWERFUL PLAYBACK
Up next: Automatically build a playback queue from your favorite shows
Trim silence: Cut silences from episodes so you finish them faster, saving hours
Variable speed: Change the play speed from anywhere between 0.5 to 3x
Volume boost: Increase the volume of voices, while decreasing background noise
Stream: Play episodes on the fly
Chapters: Jump between chapters in the MP3 and AAC formats
Audio & video: Play all of your favorite episodes, toggle video to audio
Skip playback: Skip episode intros, jump through episodes with custom skip intervals
CarPlay: browse your podcasts and filters to find an interesting episode, then control playback. All without ever touching your phone
Apple Watch: Control playback from the Now Playing Glance
Sleep timer: We’ll pause your episode so you can rest your weary head
Airplay & Chromecast: Cast episodes straight to your TV with a single tap

SMART TOOLS
Sync: Subscriptions, playback and filters are all securely stored in the cloud, ready for web and other platforms
Refresh: Let our servers check for new episodes, so you can get on with your day
Notifications: We’ll let you know when new episodes arrive, if you like
Auto download: Automatically download episodes for offline playback
Filters: Custom filters will organize your episodes
Storage: All the tools you need to keep your podcasts tamed

ALL YOUR FAVORITES
Discover: Subscribe to any podcast in iTunes and more. Browse by charts, networks and categories
Share: Spread the word with podcast and episode sharing
OPML: Jump on board without any hassle with OPML import. Export your collection at any time
There are many more powerful, straight-forward features that make Pocket Casts the perfect podcasting app for you. So what are you waiting for?
Visit pocketcasts.com for more info about the web and other platforms supported by Pocket Casts.

What's New in Version 6.1

As four Australian guys in colourful shirts once said: I'll take you driving in my car, car, oh I'll take you driving, oh I'll...yeah ok it works better in song form. CarPlay support is here! You've been asking for it and we've been working hard to bring it to you. Browse your podcasts and filters to find the perfect podcast, then control playback easily all from your fancy new car stereo. For those of you without fancy new car stereos, now is the time to convince your significant other that your car is about to fall apart and for the good of the planet, the economy and the country, it's time to buy a new car with CarPlay support. Pocket Casts said so, and we can't let them down!

If the above plan fails, then there's always plan B: buy an iPad instead. We've added grid sorting and unread badges to the iPad version for those that want their podcast grids to look _just so_.

Of course, there's lots of bug fixes and minor enhancements as well in this release that would honestly take me too long to list. So why on earth are you still reading this change log, go find some podcasts to listen to!

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Customer Reviews

Nice, new design for iPhone - but iPad is a step back

Since the 6.0 update, the iPad version of the app no longer shows the number of podcasts in a particular category or filter. For example, "Unplayed," "Downloaded," "Downloading," etc. have no numbers associated with those categories. It's like opening a book to the Table of Contents and seeing no page numbers. In the iPhone version, those useful numbers still appear, just like they did before this major update. REVIEW UPDATE: Not resolved with version 6.1.

Also a significant problem with the iPad app is that on the podcast tiles page you cannot access settings to change sort or tile size or set badge. REVIEW UPDATE: This settings issue was resolved with the release of version 6.1. Thank you for being so responsive. Great developers!

I have no complaint about update infrequency because actually the version prior to 6.0 worked flawlessly with no apparent bugs. Still my number one app.

Lacks playlist function

The July 2016 update removed the playlist function, an absolutely essential function, from the iOS version of the app. To the best of my knowledge, EVERY other podcast app has a playlist function -- for good reason. Without it, there is no way to prioritize downloaded podcast episodes and to set the precise order in which to listen to them. As such, this app is now useless to me, even though I would give it five stars if the playlist function were restored.

I suspect that the playlist function was eliminated because of problems synchonizing playlists across devices. Previous versions of Pocket Casts did not adequately address situations where different devices gave conflicting instructions on how to order a playlist. Nevertheless, this does not justify eliminating the playlist function entirely. At the very least, the playlist function could be retained by making each playlist "local" to a device, without the ability to synchronize playlists across devices.

Can't shut off; hard to sort. I'm done.

Pocket Casts is more frustrating the longer I use it. It continues to turn on randomly, which is a real drag. This is been happening for several months (and I've let the developers know).

It's very hard to sort the "Up Next" list, and the layout & usability just need re-vamping. It really takes too much effort to use this app.

The "add to next" is just above the "play off from here", which is a design disaster that they should get a clue about. How many times do people accidentally put their finger on "play off from here" and delete their playlist? At the very least it should be a user option to configure.

Previously I could tap on my Bluetooth headset repeatedly to skip to the next podcast – this feature has been removed in the last two updates (I have checked with several Bluetooth headsets).

I just again lost my whole "Up Next" queue, for the umpteenth time, inexplicably.

I have a brand-new 6S, in prime condition, and I really don't have any of these kind of problems with other apps. Casts is just too frustrating, and the developers don't seem to care. I'm tired of waiting – the problems just multiply.

To top it all off, their update changelog text is cutesy stupidity that tells you nothing – because they make no real improvements.

Pocket Casts
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: News
  • Updated:
  • Version: 6.1
  • Size: 19.2 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor

Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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