Best podcast apps

Whether you have a long commute, like to learn while you’re working out, or you simply need some noise to help you fall asleep, podcasts are the answer. And even if none of those things describe you, but you enjoy learning new things and hearing ideas, surely you already have an awesome list of podcasts lined up that you love to listen to.

Today we’ve put together a list of our top 8 app picks for listening to podcasts on your Android device. If you’re looking for a new way to listen, this list is for you! Whether you’re wanting something simpler in nature or a one-size-fits-all app, there’s something on here for everybody.

Pocket Casts

An award-winning and only $3.99, Pocket Casts is one of the best apps out there for listening to podcasts. However, there’s so much more to Pocket Casts than merely listening to your favorite podcasts. There are so many different features that Pocket Casts turns every podcast into a personalized, unique listening experience just for you, from any of your android devices, including Chromecast and Android Wear.

With every podcast you’re subscribed to on Pocket Casts, you can choose to receive notifications for new episodes, or opt out of them and just visit the app now and again to see what’s up. And if you have specific podcasts that you like to listen to every episode of, you can set up Pocket Casts so that every episode automatically downloads to your device so you can listen to it when you’re ready, even offline. These are just a couple of the awesome features Pocket Casts has to offer, and we sincerely hope you give them a shot.

Download it now: Google Play

Podbean

In Podbean, you’ll find your typical podcast app features. Search or browse for specific or random podcasts to listen to, download them for offline listening, create playlists, etc. But the cool thing about Podbean is that it has a pretty unique feature that sets it apart from other apps.

In Podbean, as you continually listen to podcasts you’re interested in, the app will recommend other podcasts for you to check out. If you’re constantly looking for some great content you’ll thoroughly enjoy, this is fantastic! Each time you listen to another podcast, Podbean creates better, more fitting, recommendations.

Download it now: Google Play

CastBox

If you’re looking for a mixture of things to stream, CastBox is the way to go. With Castbox, you can stream anything from FM music to audio books, radio, and podcasts. Not only is this a fantastic way to catch up on your favorite talks and podcasts, but it’ll help you mix things up a little bit and give you the opportunity to listen to something else for a change.

With more than 340,000 podcast content available, you’re sure to find everything from your specific favorite podcasts, right down to simply searching a topic and picking a podcast that looks good. Also, with all of the different media available on CastBox, it might sound a little confusing to use, but never fear! With CastBox, you’ll get an awesome widget that will allow you to control it all from one easy place.

Download it now: Google Play

Podcast Republic

Not only will Podcast Republic play your audiobooks, radio, and podcasts, but you can also keep up with your favorite YouTube channels as well, right within the app. Because Podcast Republic is so versatile, you’ll really only need this one app for just about anything you stream, freeing up space on your phone or tablet for other things.

Currently Podcast Republic is available in 10 languages. And aside from your phone, it also supports tablets and Android Wear, so you can stream your audio (or video!) podcasts from wherever you are. There’s even a “car mode,” and a sleep timer to make things easier if you’re trying to drive, or want to listen to a podcast while falling asleep.

Download it now: Google Play

Podcast Addict

So simple to learn how to use, if you’re not already a podcast addict, Podcast Addict will surely turn you into one. You can search for any podcast, by show or by episode, browse random ones to find something new you might be interested in. Oh, and no need to subscribe— you can download individual episodes directly onto your device.

Podcast Addict also has several different features that’ll help customize your listening experience. For example, you can adjust the speed of the podcast playback, skip silent moments, etc. You can also create specific playlists, which are awesome for road trips or commuting.

Download it now: Google Play

TED

Maybe some of the most polished, well-thought podcasts and talks in world, TED is an app everyone should have. If you’ve ever wanted any sort of advice or to hear some ideas, TED is the place to look for it, whether you’re wanting to know how to make conversation with anyone, or what to do when you get those pesky scam emails.

Having the TED app makes all of the TED content extremely efficient and accessible. On the app, you’ll have access to the podcast, and the talks in video or audio form. They’re available for offline download, or you can have the app create a playlist they think will be right for you.

Download it now: Google Play

Podcast (by Evolve)

If you often find yourself bookmarking things to check out later, then Podcast may just be the perfect app for you. In Podcast, you’ll have access to over 150,000 podcasts in a variety of awesome genres, but you’ll be able to search for your favorites as well.

The best part about Podcast, though, is that you can bookmark podcasts to check out later. So if you’re just browsing what’s out there when you have a small margin of time, you don’t have to worry about losing what you found and having to try and search for it later.

Download it now: Google Play

BeyondPod

One of the best podcast apps out there is BeyondPod. BeyondPod has a relevant design that’s free of clutter, and it has plenty of awesome features that make it, well, awesome, including a an entire feed dedicated to the podcasts you’ve subscribed to. On this feed, all of their recent episodes will be displayed so you can just open the app and see what’s new.

On BeyondPod, you can catch up with the news from your local radio stations, or even listen to stuff from the more popular publishers. Aside from that, you have access to some pretty amazing podcasts, all with the lite version. If you want to upgrade for more features, it’s only $4.99.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

Podcasts are an awesome pass time, but equally as fantastic if you’re multitasking, too. Whatever your case may be, we hope you found a new podcast app from this list that has exactly what you’re looking for.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • Kris

    I use Pocket Casts almost daily. The best feature is it syncs and backups your podcasts, so if you re-install it, you don’t have to manually re-add your podcasts and you can pick up where you left off between devices. Great UI as well.