Lysten: Podcast Player 4+

Easy to use, Privacy focused

Ambi Studio AB

    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



An easy to use and privacy focused Podcast Player. Try it today!

With no registration or complex settings, you can start listening right away with a simple search. Follow your favorite shows and automatically get a list of episodes to listen to.

Share episodes and shows with anyone, irregardless if they have the app downloaded or not. Any iPhone and iPad user will get an AppClip to get them started listening right away. Tap the share button to invite your friends and loved ones.

Lysten is a light-weight and privacy focused Podcast Player. We don't collect any analytics or metrics, your followed Podcasts and episode progress are synced using your private iCloud account. This means that there's simply no way for us to see what you follow, listen to or anything else you might do in our app.

- Interactive widgets showing your feed and unfinished episodes. Catch up where you left off with a tap.
- Download episodes to listen offline, long press an episode and select Download.
- No registration, sync is made using your iCloud account
- Extremely lightweight
- Sleep timer, set, enjoy & sleep
- Play speed, adjust the play rate to your preference
- Podcasts and Episodes are indexed in Spotlight
- SharePlay support, listen to episodes with friends and family
- Privacy focused
- Written in 100% SwiftUI

If you run into any trouble you can reach out to us at or on Mastodon:

Privacy policy:
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What’s New

Version 1.6.0

- Adds background to scrub popover
- Adds Marquee to player, meaning long titles will nog scroll by smoothly
- Fixes a bug where episode sharing was broken
- Fixes main thread freeze on interactive RSS refresh
- Fixes so player no longer covers tab and nav bar
- Design fixes to small, large and full screen players

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

kPbny@X4 ,

Great work, and A Great Design!

Thank you so much for creating this app! I’d been looking for another podcast app for a while now, and I came across this one using the App Store search. I love the privacy label and the minimalist design.

If I may ask to request a feature, I think this app could do well with a trim silence and or boost volume option. Other podcast apps I’ve used have them, and I love using it for some podcasts. However, I do not know if this would be easy to incorporate, and if not, no worries! This app is still great all on its own.

Take care, and thank you again!

Developer Response ,

First of all, I’m truly sorry about replying this late. BUT we’re thrilled to know you enjoy Lysten this much, thank you for sharing! We’ll look into both trimming silence and boosting volume, thank you for the suggestions :) / Sincerely, Sofia

tevaliaracks ,

User privacy business model!!!

First, love to support developers that make software like you’re doing, that make a real attempt to respect users.
Love the minimalist approach. Simple, looks great, yet isn’t full of “busy” menus, links, or an overemphasis on externals/appearances over function that works smoothly for how users actually use podcast apps.

However, there are still some functional elements that keep me from freely using this app.
There are some unhandled exceptions, that appear to make the app crash/close. I’ve noticed this on occasion i think when interacting with download episodes, or switching between episodes and podcasts. Don’t have it zeroed in when it happens exactly.

I’d like to have some visible que to let me know that new episodes are available for a particular podcast, or maybe a visible mark on new episodes in the podcast listing so you know which are new or unlisted to.

I’d like to be able to at least manually refresh podcasts to check for new episodes, whether it’s simply being able to pull down on the podcasts list or an option in a quick menu. There’s no indicators or way of checking that new episodes are available.

I’ve noticed after selecting episodes to download that they sometimes disappear from the download list and I have to go back through the podcasts and download those episodes again. That’s a fairly significant deterrent for me to use this app.

Basically, I love the appearance and simplicity of this app, but would love just a few basic user functions that could be included in the current interface that would give it better functionality without changing how it is now. Of course, there are some bugs that appear to need to be worked out.

App Privacy

The developer, Ambi Studio AB, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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