Apple’s Podcasts app for iOS now available

Apple was rumoured to be launching a standalone podcasting app, originally targeted to be available this fall with iOS 6. However, Apple has pushed through the app now and called it “Podcasts.” It’s compatible with iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and allows you to listen to “hundreds of thousands” of audio and video postcasts. The app is well designed and gives you the option to search via genre, popular and top podcasts. It’s free and here’s the complete list of features:

– Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app
– Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages
– Try the innovative new Top Stations feature, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports
– Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts
– Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free
– Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
– Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
– Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
– Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail
– Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
– Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices

Grab it here from iTunes