Three months ago, Google expressed interest in bringing podcasts to the Play Store by housing the conversational content in Play Music. A handful of popular podcasts were brought in as official partners to get things started, but the company still hasn’t revealed when people can get all of their favorite podcasts from Google Play. Due to a comment from the host of a very popular podcast, it seems Google will offer podcasts through the Play Store by the end of this month.
If you’re a big fan of podcasts, you might have heard of Podcast Addict. It’s a fantastic app that offered one of the best ways to listen to and find different podcasts… and it got yanked from the Play Store just a few hours ago. Whoops. Read more
Unfortunately for some, Songza will be shutting down. However, the good news is it will be merging with Google Play Music. The even better news, especially for me, Google Play Music is coming to Canada!
Podcast listeners who use Android devices have a new option to access content, the Spreaker Podcast Radio app. Spreaker developed the podcast listening app to help listeners find new and popular podcasts and then keep track of them all by organizing playlists and favorites. Part of the benefit of the Spreaker Podcast Radio app will be the curated channels and lists compiled with the help of sponsors and partners working with Spreaker’s editorial team. Read more
Google Play Music is a fantastic music streaming service, especially when it comes to music curation and radio stations. Now it looks like Google is interested in expanding its curation and mood suggestions to podcasts, adding an entirely new dimension to the service. Read more
Today, what is arguably the best podcast player for Android devices becomes even better with its latest update, v5.0. Shifty Jelly, the developer of Pocket Casts, is pushing an update to its app that revamps it with Material Design. Pocket Casts already looked great but Material Design makes it beautiful. I have been been using the app with the update for a few minutes and can confirm that everything expected of Material Design, such as use of color and fluid animations, is present.
Hit the break for the changelog, gallery, and download links.
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more