Earlier in the week, the Internet was abuzz with news that Overcast, the podcast management app created by Tumblr and Instapaper co-founder Marco Arment, had gone completely free.
There’s a good reason so many people love the app. With its rich feature set, Overcast is, without a doubt, one of the best tools for listening to and managing a large collection of podcasts. There’s just one problem with it: Overcast is only available on iOS.
Thankfully, the next best podcasting app, Pocket Casts, is available on iOS, Windows Phone and Android, and therein lies its best feature: the ability to sync your podcast subscriptions across multiple devices. For someone like me that uses multiple different devices from disparate manufacturers at any given time, this alone makes Pocket Casts’ $4.59 price of entry worth it.
But it’s also a well-designed app that makes it easy to find new podcasts to check out. Pocket Casts’ trending menu, for instance, highlights podcasts that sometime go unnoticed with so many people downloading the Serials and Radiolabs of the world. On top of that, it’s also extremely customizable, allowing users to decide how far forward or back a press of the skip button will move them. The ability to customize the experience extends to other facets of the app, as well, including its appearance and how and when it downloads new material.