If you like to listen to your news more than you like to read it, you might be the type of person that enjoys podcasts. Like with anything else on your Android device, there are several options in the Play Store to manage all of your podcast subscriptions, but some are better than others. With this guide, we’re going to go over some of the top available podcast managers and help you pick out which one(s) might be the best fit for you.
BeyondPod wants to be a part of your holiday savings by offering you a whopping 70% savings on everyone’s favorite Podcasting application. During the Thanksgiving weekend (Nov 25, 26 and 27), the BeyondPod Team wants to make it worth your wild by offering their app for just $1.99 with all Pro features like their robust scheduler, unlimited feed updates and multiple podcast downloads. In addition, you can add RSS feeds and there is simple integration with Google Reader.
Sophisticated podcast download engine gives you complete control of how many podcasts to download and how long to keep the old versions. Downloads new content in the background, so you spend more time enjoying your feeds and less time waiting on them.
You can snatch the unlock code here to get started and you can download the app here to start downloading your favorite Podcasts. There’s even a slick Honeycomb version for those listening on their tablets. Check out the video below of a demo for BeyondPod in action along with some screen shots and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
I’ll admit, I’m new to Podcasts. One of the things that seemed daunting was keeping track of so many different Podcasts, and like watching TV episodes, sometimes I forget what episode number I’ve left off on in my busy schedule. BeyondPad helped with both of those problems right away. Not only did it let me quickly search for the PodCasts I wanted, it also automatically downloads the latest ones for me so I don’t have to remember to grab them. The biggest plus though was being able to see which episodes I have listened to already and, with a status bar, shows me how much of it I listened to already. This gives me a quick at a glance view to be able to restart an old episode I might not have finished just yet. Another bonus is that it always remembers where you left off on each episode and replays it from that section on your next listen. I also like my apps to be clean looking and fast and BeyondPod gives both of those values as well. You’ll even be able to set the app to only sync and download your episodes when your device is on WiFi. There is even an option to speed up the podcasts to shorten your listening time with apps like Presto, which you can download by clicking 1x within the player.
BeyondPad offers a trial version fthat you can try out for seven days with full features. To unlock it’s full potential after the trial period you can purchase an unlock key from the market for $6.99. Since it’s free for seven days, hit up the break and give it shot for yourself. You can catch download links and screenshots after the break and don’t forget to let us know what you think.
I’m a huge fan of podcasting especially since my commute is about an hour and a half both ways to work. I’ve chosen to make my commutes as productive as possible by listening to various tech shows, how to’s and anything Android related. You’d think an hour and a half is a long time to get all my podcasts completed, but when you have a list of shows as big as mine that can be a difficult task. One app I’ve recruited to help get the job done is Presto for Android. Presto works in conjunction with your podcast or audio player and gives you the ability to speed up playback so you can complete it in no time. However, different players allow for different speeds.
I currently use DoggCatcher as my primary podcast player and Presto works fantastic with it. I’ve experienced no bugs during playback whatsoever. With DoggCatcher you can listen up to 1.5 X the normal speed of the playback. I was able to listen to an hour long podcast somewhere in the vicinity of 40-45 minutes. Ready to give it a try? The app will run you $4 bucks in the Android Market and you can also snag it from our apps database where you’ll find a QR code for your convenience. However, if you heavily invest in podcasting like I do, you’ll agree it’s well worth that price. That’s about the only con I found with the application, the rest are all pros. Hit the break for some more developer info and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
DoggCatcher, everyone’s favorite podcasting application for Android has just received an update. The new update adds features like altering the playback speed using the app Presto ($3.99) via a 1X toggle switch on the player. Want to hear that one hour long podcast in a half an hour? Now you can, thanks to this highly anticipated feature. There is a new Auto Play toggle switch that has been added to the player as well.
The addition now allows you to listen to several podcasts in a row as defined in your audio play list. Another nice feature is the “Now Playing” slide up tab loaded with all of the info of the podcast you’re listening to along with a list of RSS feeds with a scrollable page and click-able links to the site’s feed. Hit the break for some more pics of the app and to check out the developers full list of specs. The app will run you $6.99 in the market, but if you ask anyone who’s ever used it, they’ll tell you it’s worth every cent. The link to our database and QR code is after the break.