By Pádraig Ó Cinnéide and Oisín Prendiville
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Behind the scenes at Supertop as Pádraig and Oisín reflect on their work as indie developers.
||Clean38. We Sold Castro!||Pádraig and Oisín discuss selling a majority stake in Castro to Tiny.||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean37. More Users or More Subscribers?||We discuss how we can better introduce the features of Castro and improve the Castro Plus subscription pitch. To do that we need to understand how people are using the app and measure how well the changes we make are working.||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean36. CarPlay, Drag & Drop, Castro 3.1, Panoply, and Subscriber Counts||Padraig has a new CarPlay unit to debug with. We reflect on the work we did for Drag & Drop last summer. Castro 3.1 is out with Sideloading and Chapter Preselection. We discuss a new targeted marketing platform from Panoply, and the (in)accuracy of r ..||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35. Castro Updates, China, and Anchor||We discuss the just released Castro 3.0.4 and what’s coming in 3.1, as well as trying to improve Castro’s performance in China, and thoughts on Anchor.||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34. No Official Raccoon Subscribers (Yet)||We discuss subscriber projections for Castro and things we’ve been doing at Supertop to keep us motivated on the road to sustainability.||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33. Launching Castro 3||We discuss the launch of Castro 3: pre-launch drama, launch day emotions, subscription feedback, reviews, and thoughts about future updates.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32. Castro 3 Wrap Up||Oisin and Padraig discuss the wrap-up of Castro 3 development and reveal the features that current Castro users can expect in 3.0||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31. Subscription Antics||We give an overview of why we feel good about moving to subscription pricing for Castro and then discuss some of the issues we’ve experienced preparing for the transition.||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30. Redesigning The Player||Oisín and Pádraig follow up on feedback about moving Castro to a subscription business model, then discuss the work they've been doing on Castro 3.||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29. Castro 3’s Business Model||Oisín & Pádraig discuss the different options for Castro 3’s business model and the reasons behind the model they’ve chosen.||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28. iPhone X Dark Mode, Castro 2.6 and App Store Pre-Orders||Oisin’s iPhone X is stolen by Mexican police. We discuss apps using black backgrounds on the X’s OLED screen for dark modes, the launch of Castro 2.6’s backup / restore feature (including a daring live performance of Padraig restoring his main dev||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit27. Owning The Notch||Oisín has an iPhone X. We discuss the new phone and how having the device in hand changed Castro’s status bar strategy.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit26. Status Bar Strategy||Oisín is in Canada. We discuss the latest Castro updates, the Release Notes conference, the Notch, and as we start work on Castro 3, we share some thoughts on how our process has changed since we started Castro 2 three years ago.||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit25. Drag & Drop||Padraig and Oisin discuss how drag & drop in iOS 11 simplifies workflows and makes the most of multi-touch. We dive into the design issues we faced while integrating drag & drop with Castro 2.5, and then we don’t talk about The Notch.||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24. We Sold Unread!||We sold Unread, our RSS News Reader for iPhone and iPad. We’re joined by the new owner, John Brayton of Golden Hill Software to discuss the transition and his plans for the future of the app.||8/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23. We Sold Tokens and Top Hat!||We sold our iTunes promo code management app, Tokens, and our sales reporting app, Top Hat. We're joined by the new owner, Denis Hennessy, who tells us about his company, shares his thoughts on being an indie developer and teases some plans for Token ..||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22. 50% Responsible||Pádraig and Oisín discuss the amount of time they spend not programming and what it’s like working as a team instead of solo.||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21. What’s New in Podcasting||Oisín and Pádraig discuss the podcasting and App Store announcements at WWDC17.||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20. What Next for Unread, Tokens and Top Hat?||Oisin and Padraig introduce Castro 2.4 and then discuss plans for our other Supertop apps, Top Hat, Tokens and Unread. We try to figure out what kind of focus Supertop should have and decide that we’re probably not a developer tools company.||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19. The Future of Podcasting||A year after The New York Times published an article on the growth of podcasting, we discuss the current state of the medium and what the future may hold.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18. A Contiguous Dumpster Fire||We’re joined by Jared Sinclair to discuss his new app, Stormcrow, and the best way to approach hobbies and side projects. Then we discuss what’s needed from social features in podcast apps, and what the future of Supertop might look like.||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17. Tragedy Of The Commons||Pádraig and Oisín discuss triage in Castro and other podcast apps, complain about improperly implemented HTTP caching techniques and remember a puddle in Newcastle.||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16. Woo People With Our UI Skillz||We discuss Castro 2.3 (and what’s coming in 2.4), Overcast 3, and Iconfactory's Kickstarter campaign for Twitterific.||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15. Lots of Likes and Retweets||We discuss feedback to our App Store Review Prompts blog post, ideas for improving Castro’s notifications, answer a listener question about open source, and more.||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14. Does This Computer Have a Soul?||Oisin’s AirPods, Apple’s two new app store features: the ability for app owners to respond to reviews and a system ratings dialog in iOS. Then, bug of the week and we recommend some podcast episodes.||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. Jimmy, Get an iPhone||Pádraig and Oisín recount stories of their first iPhones and reflect on how indie development has changed over the past 10 years.||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. Beard-forming Microphones||Pádraig and Oisín discuss gifts, Castro's surprisingly good performance in December, thoughts on Swift and New Year's resolutions.||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. Doom, I Guess||We follow up on the Castro 2.2 launch and explore options for increasing Supertop’s revenue.||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Catch-Up Pony||We discuss Castro 2.2, give an update on the Doom Clock, follow up on Oisín's Search Ads blog post, and ponder what Castro 2.3 should do.||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. Carrot and Stick (Úll 2016, Part 2)||Pádraig and Oisín continue discussing the Úll conference and reflect on topics like making decisions and advertising in apps.||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. Úll 2016, Part 1||Oisín reports to Pádraig about goings on at the Úll conference in Killarney, Ireland.||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Siri and Her Friends||Padraig and Oisin discuss being offline for a weekend, apps entering maturity, Siri and what they would do if they weren’t working on Apple stuff.||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Business Angle||Pádraig and Oisín focus on the business side of making apps.||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Having a Chat in Some Kind of Hell with Jared Sinclair||Pádraig and Oisín are joined by Jared Sinclair to discuss side projects, podcast apps, the bottom pit of video game hell, and much more.||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. No Business Angle||Pádraig and Oisín reflect on making apps for love and no money.||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Sounded Like Nirvana with Brent Simmons||Pádraig and Oisín are joined by Brent Simmons to discuss indie app development in the wake of Vesper shutting down.||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. No Promises||Pádraig and Oisín discuss the launch of Castro 2 and try not to make any promises.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1. Second System||Welcome to the first episode of the Supertop Podcast. Pádraig and Oisín prepare for the launch of Castro 2.0.||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Most self-critical, insightful coders' podcast available.
Started listening just because I wanted to hear some context & learn lessons from two successful indie developers, but wow. Padraig and Oisin's chemistry is great, and their self-critical introspection of their business, their goals, and their approaches to constructing software (Why do I write Castro? What do I want my work in todo to *accomplish*? Why do we work together? What if we had a boss? *Are* you my boss?) mixed with huge helpings of self-deprecating humor keeps new episodes of the Supertop Podcast right at the top of my podcasting inbox. (See what I did there?)
Updated Review: Now with 25% more stars!
Good insights into real world indie development. I love the episodes about the business and product development of apps.
Great app / great podcast
These guys are great indie developers and give us in insight into what it's like being a developer. Castro is an awesome podcast app and enjoy their new podcast show.