Description

Pocket Casts is the world's most powerful podcast platform, an app by listeners, for listeners.Our podcast player provides next-level listening, search and discovery tools. Find your next obsession with our hand curated podcast recommendations for easy discovery, and seamlessly enjoy your favorite shows without the hassle of subscribing.

Here's what the press has to say:
Wired: "Pocket Casts Is the Podcast App Every iPhone User Needs"
iMore: "Pocket Casts is the best podcast app for iPhone"

With a unique set of simple yet powerful features and a limitless podcast database, you're sure to find something you love.

WE SWEAT THE DETAILS
Design: Easily listen to, manage and find new podcasts.
Themes: Whether you're a dark or light theme person we've got you covered. We even have you OLED lovers covered with our Extra Dark theme.
Universal: Custom but familiar iPad interface, supporting Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture.
Everywhere: CarPlay, AirPlay, Chromecast and Sonos. Listen to your podcasts in more places than ever before.

POWERFUL PLAYBACK
Up next: Automatically build a playback queue from your favorite shows. Sign in and have that Up Next queue sync to all your devices.
Trim silence: Cut silences from episodes so you finish them faster, saving hours.
Variable speed: Change the play speed from anywhere between 0.5 to 3x.
Volume boost: Increase the volume of voices, while decreasing background noise.
Stream: Play episodes on the fly.
Chapters: Jump between chapters easily, and enjoy embedded artwork that the author has added (we support MP3 and M4A chapter formats).
Audio & video: Play all of your favorite episodes, toggle video to audio.
Skip playback: Skip episode intros, jump through episodes with custom skip intervals.
Apple Watch: Control playback from our Apple Watch app, adjust the volume or change playback effects, all without ever touching your phone.
Sleep timer: We'll pause your episode so you can rest your weary head.
Airplay & Chromecast: Send episodes straight to your TV or speakers with a single tap.
Sonos: Browse and play your podcast collection directly from the Sonos app.
CarPlay: When you're in the car, so are we.

SMART TOOLS
Sync: Subscriptions, Up Next, listening history, playback and filters are all securely stored in the cloud. You can pick up where you left off on another device and even the web.
Refresh: Let our servers check for new episodes, so you can get on with your day.
Notifications: We'll let you know when new episodes arrive, if you like.
Auto download: Automatically download episodes for offline playback.
Filters: Custom filters will organize your episodes.
Storage: All the tools you need to keep your podcasts tamed.

ALL YOUR FAVORITES
Discover: Subscribe to any podcast in iTunes and more. Browse by charts, networks and categories.
Share: Spread the word with podcast and episode sharing.
OPML: Jump on board without any hassle with OPML import. Export your collection at any time.

There are many more powerful, straight-forward features that make Pocket Casts the perfect podcasting app for you. So what are you waiting for?

Visit pocketcasts.com for more info about the web and other platforms supported by Pocket Casts.

What’s New

Version 7.8.2

Fixes a playback related crash that slipped through in 7.8.1. There's a sports joke in here somewhere, I just know it.

The previous release notes for those that missed them (and yes, I did purposely mis-spell Queen's just to set you all off...and oh boooooooy did it work!):
This release we've spent time fixing and refining all those small things that bug you, or that you've emailed us about. Hopefully you find some things in this list that were your pet peeves. Nothing would make us happier than resolving them and making your life just that teency bit better!

- Implemented a new Skip Last feature, where you can skip things like outro songs you aren't into automagically
- Implemented bigger and more consistent video player controls, so you can skip through videos far easier
- Added Listening History to CarPlay so you can quickly find episodes you've just heard
- Added a new notification action so you can choose to Play Next or Play Last
- Added the ability to tap on the tab you're already on to go to the top, and in discover trigger search
- Added support for asking Siri to play podcasts for you. "Hey Siri play The Daily on Pocket Casts" and similar phrases should now work.
- Tweaked now playing info to show you the published date of the episode you're playing
- Improved MP3 chapter support, the app should now be able to read a wider array of chapters
- In addition to the above, fixed an issue where chapters could be shown for podcasts that don't have chapters, after playing one that does
- Fixed an issue where turning on "Open Player Automatically" could make the player open automatically a wee bit too often
- Fixed some issues with the iOS status bar being the wrong colour in certain themes
- Fixed some issues with navigation bars being the wrong colour in certain themes
- Fixed issues with the player not responding correctly to theme changes
- Fixed an issue where the colour for artwork could be cached for longer than the artwork itself
- Fixed an issue where if you seek while an episode is paused, the position could jump around a bit until it's finished seeking
- Fixed some additional seeking issues in various shows
- Fixed some cross device syncing issues
- Fixed an issue where some Pocket Casts share links would open the app, but not the podcast itself
- Fixed an issue where your podcast settings might not update if you leave the podcast page open
- Fixed an issue where the time remaining in Up Next was cut off on smaller phones
- Fixed an issue with CarPlay where it could lock up and or refresh too often
- Continued to spell colour correctly. In this house we stan the Queens English

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

cecoleman ,

Syncing is still really bad if you listen on two devices.

There are many good things about PocketCast (Video Support, Playback Effects, background downloading, notifications, etc.). But there are three things that bother me. 1) If you listen on an iPad and and iPhone regularly your syncing will be messed up all the time. For instance, open iPad app and watch a video show. Then open on your phone later an audio show and stop. Perhaps that evening you open your iPad again to resume the video you were watching that morning. It will sync the iPad back to your iPhone the play position of your audio podcast from that morning, not where you left off on your iPhone later in the day. I’m constantly opening Pocket Casts on my phone to find that my listening position was reverted back 20-30 minutes earlier than I left off. 2) I think the playback screen has an unnecessary bar at the bottom with the tools. Remove that bar and just put the icons for playback effects and others without it. 3) The cover art for the podcast is not centered properly on the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max iPhone. That’s just poor design. Please Russell and Co. fix these problems.

Spinnaker093 ,

Look beyond the Apple store average and give Pocket Cast a look...you will not be disappointed!

I have been an Audible junkie for the past 5 years and just started listening to Podcasts about 6 months ago. I have literally tried most of the podcast apps (The Podcast App, Overcast, Castbox, Podbean, Himalaya, Breaker and Castro) in search of the best podcast app. To be honest, I did not try Pocket Casts because of the low rating on Apple App Store.

I downloaded the Pocket Cast app the other day and think they have one of the best (if not the best) user interface of any podcast app I have tried with the best functionality. The interface is smooth, they have very playback effect available (speed control, trim the silence and volume boost), an easy to access notes section that gives you the option to jump to a certain section of the podcast if available, and a nice way to organize the podcasts you subscribe to (although Castbox give the greatest control). In addition, you can stream via Chromecast (not all apps provide this) and a really nice iPad app that syncs nicely with you iPhone app. This is really a great app!

Look past the overall score of this app on the Apple store and give this app a look. You will not regret it!

idontwantafrigginnickame ,

Bad update, unprofessional response

I was glad to find Pocket Casts at first. It was a decent cross-platform app, with a couple weird quirks, but the best option for me. I opted into the beta and wasn’t as fond of it, but decided to give it some time for me to adjust and explore. Some basic, useful features were lacking or implemented strangely and the UI change was a huge step back, considerably less intuitive.

Unfortunately, they didn’t really improve on any of these problems for the release despite feedback from users. I know it’s impossible to give every user what they want. Plus, so many users are too entitled and demanding. That doesn’t warrant not listening to them at all, or responding flippantly and condescendingly to feedback. Many of the developer responses have been deleted because it “doesn’t represent who they are” (except ... yes it does, because that’s literally how they’re representing themselves). I’m not surprised to see the drop in their ratings, which they reset recently in hopes of erasing the negative ones, I guess?

They already have the money of existing users, so maybe they don’t feel like it’s as important to respect them. But I know I will no longer be recommending Pocket Casts to anyone else. Fortunately, there are cross-platform alternatives I look forward to checking out instead, like Castbox.

Information

Seller
Podcast Media, LLC
Size
97.9 MB
Category
News
Compatibility

Requires iOS 11.0 and watchOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Languages

English

Age Rating
9+
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Copyright
Price
Free
In-App Purchases
  1. Plus Yearly $9.99
  2. Plus Monthly $0.99

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

  • Siri

    Get things done within this app using just your voice.

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