Swell Radio for News and Podcasts - Best Free Podcast Experience for Commuters
By Concept.io, Inc.
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***Named one of TIME's 50 Best iPhone Apps of 2013!
“Swell is great, because, like Pandora, you don't have to make decisions about what to listen to. Swell figures it out for you.” - Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY
Swell Radio lets you listen to personalized audio news and information for free from your mobile device. Enjoy quick and easy access to unlimited streaming audio from iTunes, NPR, ABC, ESPN, BBC, CBC, TED and more! Content is programmed for the US and Canada at this time.
Let Swell personalize your audio experience so you can lean back and enjoy the content you’re interested in.
How does it work? Listen to what Swell plays. If you like it, keep listening; if not, just swipe to move on. Swell learns what you like as you go and will continue to deliver the content most relevant to you.
▶ Simple design with big buttons, perfect for use while commuting, cooking, exercising, or just relaxing
▶ Listen to specific topics such as News, Technology, Comedy, Music, Sports, Business and more
▶ Bookmark content to listen or share with friends later
▶ Sign in using Twitter and Swell will seed content based on who you're following and your Twitter stream
▶ Search for your favorite programs
▶ Advanced Controls let you control your listening experience including changing playback speed, setting a sleep timer, AirPlay and more
▶ See what’s trending in the Swell network and what’s recommended just for you
▶ Share episodes with friends via Email, Twitter, Facebook or AirDrop. Friends can listen, even if they don't have Swell!
Swell is changing the way you discover and enjoy audio content.
“Swell is quickly becoming my favorite way to listen to spoken-word content.” - Anthony Ha, TechCrunch
“Swell caught my eye because it learns from your behavior and brings you more of the radio you like.” - Robert Scoble, Rackspace
“I can listen to my favorites, such as This American Life, Planet Money, and others, while discovering new content I never knew about.” - Tomio Geron, Forbes
“One of my favorite apps that I’ve downloaded recently for consuming the news wasn’t, in fact, an RSS reader or another Twitter client — it was Swell, which launched in June as a Pandora-like app for podcasts.” - Eliza Kern, GigaOM
“It’s the perfect user interface for the car; and reflects what radio’s good at.” - James Cridland, MediaUK
What's New in Version 1.5.1
Includes important updates to enhance user experience on Swell:
▶ Volume is now normalized across all tracks for a pleasant listening experience
▶ Share tracks more easily to Facebook and Twitter
▶ Share tracks with friends via AirDrop
▶ Bookmark tracks by tapping a button on the front of the card OR by swiping up on the card
▶ Minor bug fixes and usability improvements
Great app - how about an iPad version?
Yes, yes - I know it "works" on iPad, but like many others out there (stay with me here), it doesn't know how to conform with rotation lock on iPad. Here's the problem... I set up my iPad on my night stand every night so I can use it if I wake up and can't go back to sleep. I sleep on the right side of the bed from the sleeper's perspective. I set It up so it's in portrait orientation as I lie there on my right side, and lock the orientation so my apps don't try to reorient themselves to landscape. Swell comes up in portrait mode just fine, but UPSIDE DOWN. While I appreciate any opportunity to learn a new skill, reading upside down is not high on my list. Can this (please) be fixed? I have recommended SWELL to several friends, but with this caveat in case they also have a wife who has been sleeping on the "left side" for 43 years and wouldn't switch for all the tea in china, or England, for that matter.
Great app, especially for car commute
I have tried other podcast apps. The problem most of them have is too many taps required to go from one podcast to the next, or to set up playlists. Swell is like Pandora, it automatically chooses podcasts based on any podcasts you have selected from the iOS Podcasts app.
Also the interface is very friendly for while I am driving. Very little distraction. If I don't like a particular podcast I swipe left. It tells me clearly how much time is left. The interface is easy to read. I can easily Bookmark to save later. Thank you Swell, my commute is so much better. I never turn on my radio anymore.
Love it but...
I use this app every day and I absolutely love it...so what I'm about to say shouldn't dissuade you from using it...but if I'm being picky, or perhaps greedy, I'd like to see the ability to have it automatically play my favorite shows...in order. For example, I'd like it to play the Mike and Mike show and when it's finished it automatically goes to The Thundering Herd, and then onto Fox News, etc... That is my one and only complaint (it's not really a complaint...but more of a suggestion). One other note regarding this app is that when you log a suggestion or complaint, someone will actually respond to you.