Podcasts are a great source of entertainment, information, and education. Whether you want to know about the latest happenings in Hollywood, what’s going on in technology, or just learn a new topic like economics, podcasts are the perfect medium.
Things can quickly get unorganized and chaotic quickly when subscribing to a lot of podcasts. That’s why you need a good app that can keep track of all your subscriptions while keeping things neat, organized, and easy to access.
In my search for a new app to keep track of my legion of subscriptions, I’ve come across some phenomenal ones from the Play Store for my Moto X (2013). A few are solutions that keep the perfect balance between organization and elegance, featuring the astronomical beauty of Material Design, and others keep functionality and usability at the core, not worrying so much about eye candy.
Pocket Casts is unique because it strives to keep up with trends in the industry. Not only does it feature Material Design, but the amount of features are vast in order to enhance your experience with the podcast player and overall functionality.
Pocket Casts allows you to dynamically speed up podcasts and boost the audio through its internal audio effects. It lets you sync and backup your subscriptions and settings between Android and iOS devices. Some podcasts can even be backed up to the cloud.
It also includes things like sleep timers, themes, video support, tablet support, great ways to connect with new content, and additional features that let you easily import and export your subscriptions.
Pocket Addict is another favorite, as it does more than managing your audio and video podcasts. This app also functions as an RSS feed for all of your favorite news outlets. You can subscribe to podcasts through the Pocket Addict library; however, the app makes it impeccably easy to import your podcast subscriptions from iTunes.
If you’d rather skip the import process, Pocket Addict also has a method for you to search the iTunes database. Pocket Addict might not have a lot of eye candy as far as the UI goes, but it does what it sets out do and executes very well.
Podcast Republic isn’t the most simple and beautiful place to house your podcast subscriptions, but it features unmatched organization. You’ll find awesome features like offline playback to reduce data consumption, playlist support, Chromecast support, Android Wear support, and, of course, its own built-in media player.
There’s also a lot of support for customization, whether that be configuring the settings to meet your needs, swapping between light and dark themes, or even customizing a gorgeous home screen widget.
DoggCatcher takes on a Google Now card-like design, and has an array of features to enhance your podcasts. It has Chromecast support, customizable playlists, offline playback, smart categorization, a home screen widget for easy playback, and much more.
As per the norm with these types of applications, DoggCatcher has its own audio player. But what really sets it apart from the others is the ability to serve personalized recommendations, connecting you with unique and interesting podcasts you may have not heard of before. DoggCatcher keeps things fresh and entertaining.
Podcasts To Go
Podcasts To Go is an up-and-coming and podcast aggregator and player, featuring a neat and aesthetically pleasing user interface for easy and fast browsing. It has your standard features: smooth playback, ability to search through the iTunes database, and subscribe by RSS.
The app is constantly being updated with new features, bug fixes, and small improvements. There’s also no ads cluttering the screen, which improves the user interface a lot. For being in beta, it’s an impressive solution only bound to get better with feedback provided by users.
BeyondPod doesn’t have the most appealing or seamless UI, but it has hundreds of thousands of free audio and video content. You can listen to your regular podcast subscriptions, or you can listen to local radio stations, and even big names in the industry such as BBC, NBC, CNN, and ESPN.
What makes BeyondPod unique is the amount of content they offer and just how easy it is to access that free content. Aside from that, BeyondPod has your standard podcast features, however, there is a Lite and Pro version. Upon setting up the app, BeyondPod gives you a 7-day trial for the Pro package, giving you a taste of all it offers, such as Chromecast support, device synchronization, and more. If you’re not interested in Pro, you can stay on Lite and continue to access all the same, free content.
Player FM is your standard podcast player, featuring a handful of helpful user features and smart ways to deliver new and interesting subscriptions to you. When we look for podcasts, we’re seeking to either be entertained or learn something new, and Player FM excels in connecting you with that rich content.
Furthermore, Player FM does have a clean and seamless UI, making it easy to access your subscriptions. Player FM is a free download, however, it only allows up to twenty podcast subscriptions before you need to buy the premium version for full access.
House your podcast subscriptions on an Android device leaves you with plenty options. There are some that also do a phenomenal job at connecting you with new content that is similar to your interests, based off of what you’ve listened to before. Podcasts are a joy to listen to, and the perfect podcast app makes them even better.
What are your favorite apps to keep your podcast subscriptions under? While you’re at it, tell us your favorite podcasts!