Best podcast App yet 5/5
Very customizable, doesn't screw up large podcasts like iTunes podcast app.
Best podcast platform 5/5
By wahoo tiger
I've been using Overcast for a few years and recommend it if you listen to more than the odd podcast or two. It took a few days to get used to the recent UI update. It works fine.
Fixes podcasts that are to quiet 5/5
By Chill man mike
Better than apples app
Updated review - Don't like new version 2/5
I feel like this was updated just to update it. Im writing this review after accidentally deleting a podcast while listening for the second time today. Very frustrating. Please bring back swipe to delete. New version brings nothing new, just more difficult to use all around.
Fix the Bugs 2/5
I gave v3 a try and was happy enough with it to switch back from Downcast. However, this latest version is driving me crazy. If anything interrupts the currently playing podcast, there is a good chance that Overcast won’t resume playing without manual intervention. (Unless the interruption is from a call or directions from Google Maps - that ENSURES that the Overcast audio WON'T resume.) Not a good experience trying to listen to a podcast while driving with Google Maps.
I (and many other people) do not understand why Marco dumbed down the Apple Watch app. He took out volume control via the digital crown and also made it impossible to work with anything but playlists (no individual podcasts) on the watch. Maybe we can get his podcast buddies to complain about this, he immediately dropped everything else to add in swipe to delete, after they took him to task on this.
I guess I shouldn't be so hard on Marco, but he sure complains enough in his public forums.
I’m getting tired of Marco’s whining about not enough people supporting his patronage model on various podcasts. I was happy to pay the in-app purchases to get real features in the original app, but that was a one time purchase. I could care less about either of the two features that were announced in this version, but I really don’t like the software rental option, where features go away if you stop paying and he made this clear that this was the case. I think I’ll go back to Downcast, I’m glad it offers video.
Overcast is a joy to use.
Not enough options 2/5
What's missing is telling us in the podcast screen when the last update was, i.e. episode added. And, when we open individual podcast indices, allowing us to change the default to show all the podcasts instead of just the most recent and other unfinished podcasts. Makes it little hard to use.
nice, but... 3/5
can we please get an option to auto-resume playback after a phone call interrupts?
"No internet connection" 1/5
Loved and have used overcast for a long time, but now when I try to download new episodes or go to "all" to see what episodes are available, it tells me "no internet connection." This happens whether or not I'm on wifi, and I've double and triple checked all settings. Pretty useless if I can't download new episodes. Guess I have to go back to downcast.
Way better than default app 5/5
I'm super happy with this app. Way better than the default podcast app.
Ever step, a step backwards... 3/5
Old version was great at having all options at the same screen. Now, it's a klunky counter-intuitive hidden features that are 5-8 taps to access... and yet new features I'll never use constantly having false launches.
Would give it Zero 1/5
Crashes often on my iPhone 6SPlus, won't download episodes, (failed download error), etc. terrible waste of $$ for the upgraded version of this app.
This app has never asked for a review so I'm writing one. It's great, innovative and it's kind of cliche to say, but it picks its feature set and executes them very well. It's now my main podcast app. I love smart speed, love the playlist feature (despite thinking the idea of it sounded dumb),and it works and looks great.
Update for v2. Lots of nice features. The new streaming working with smart speed has gotten me to install on iPad as well. The cloud syncing between devices is great. I would like to see improvements in the watch app. I would like a way to zap an episode to the watch so you don't have to bring your phone to keep listening while you walk or run. Developer is great about not doing annoying things like so many other apps. I'm proud to support this type of sustainable model.
Update: haven't updated review in awhile. It's continuing to get better and better. If I had one complaint it is I wish overcast was available on appletv, and I wish the web client was more reliable.
Update v3- dev continues to actively support and innovate. Still use and love the app every day. Makes the right choices for users!
Has Changed My Life! 5/5
By Lord of the zombiez
Okay, so the title may be a little crazy at first but it is serious...this app has changed the way I consume entertainment. So about 3 months ago from writing this review I started listening to podcasts on apple's podcast app, and then heard about overcast from my brother. I tried it out and loved the smart speed functionality!!! It has allowed me to catch up from the start of many podcasts! And that is just awesome!!! I also switched to the dark theme and the color combination is so beautiful and doesn't ever hurt my eyes looking at it too much! Finding podcasts is really simple and the recommendations of the app is great!!! Finally the title makes the most sense because I don't really listen to music any more, whereas I did nothing but listen to the same playlist of music that I had on my phone...and now that is off of my phone to make space for podcasts!!!!! So if you are looking at a way to catch up on a bunch of podcasts I defiantly would recommend this app to you!!!
Good stuff 4/5
Easy to navigate! Would recommend.
Finally added dark mode! 5/5
I actually bought this app when they used to rely on revenue from sales. Then they added the yearly option. I wanted dark mode but that only came with the yearly purchase. This update finally added the dark mode. I think I will now sign up for the yearly $9.99 - I use this app more than any other app daily.
Great podcast app 5/5
How can one guy make such a great app with so many features?!?!
Pretty Good Needs Work 3/5
I originally downloaded this player when I started having trouble with the Apple Pocast App. The Apple app was frequently crashing and sometimes wouldn't play audio, so I switched.
Overcast has no such problems. It finds all the podcast easily has per-podcast customizable settings and allows me to easily order my playlist.
One issue I have with it, if I PAUSE from the lock screen or from bluetooth headphones while the phone is locked, I only have about a minute to PLAY or the ability goes away, and I have to unlock the phone to hit PLAY.
So it needs a little work still.
Previous version was great - new UI not good 1/5
The latest version (3.0.2) requires many more button taps than the previous version to play and delete episodes. The extra taps require much more attention, making it more dangerous to use app while driving. Would be 5 star if you could select playback interface of previous version.
Not Loving New Version 2/5
I've loved Overcast for quite sometime. However, I'm having 2 major problems with this update on my iPhone 6s (purchased new Nov 2016).
1. BATTERY LIFE: This new version has had significant impact on my battery life. As a test, last night I went to bed with the iPhone fully charged. Woke up this morning and battery was at 80%. Battery usage shows most of that was consumed by Overcast - I forget the exact percentage. I'm not a smart phone power user and have very few apps on my phone - no social media apps at all. All background notifications disabled.I didn't notice the impact on battery with the previous version.
2. IN-LINE HEADPHONE CONTROLS UNRESPONSIVE AFTER PAUSE: I always listen through my Apple earbuds and frequently have to pause the audio. In this new version clicking to play after a pause doesn't work after a short period of time has elapsed. To get it to play again I have to pick up the phone and manually click play to get things going again. Sometimes, I can continue to click the headphone control - say an additional 4 or 5 times and it will begint to play again - but not always. A pause, followed immediatly by a click to play works with no issues. This is a deal breaker for me because often, I'm unable to manually access the phone. I never had this problem in the old version. For my use case, this just doesn't work.
Best podcast client 5/5
Best podcast app. Easy to use handsfree in my car - can use forward and backward track buttons on my steering wheel to move forward 30 seconds and backward 15 seconds.
The best podcast app 5/5
Played with few other apps for podcast but nothing beats overcast app a great choice for podcast listeners the option to shorten silences and voice boost are awesome
Go for it ❤️❤️❤️
Awesome for bungees and playlist mixers 5/5
By My name pr1977
Mixing up playlists, piling up tons of shows, organizing your library neurotically, this app has your back
no way to clear download queue 4/5
The app is very good, except there is no away to reset the download queue. I have over 10 thousand downloads I need to get rid of. I mark them for streaming but they are still there. I suggest that this can be implemented. Also no progress bar on downloading as far as I can see.. I love the accessibility of the app though which is wonderful.
Incredible app 5/5
By Saint Bee
Largely intuitive, beautiful interface. Far and above better than the Apple-made app.
Best podcasting app 5/5
Hands down this is the best app I've used for listening to podcasts.
Best Podcast App 5/5
No complaints at all, works great no issues and very simple to use.
Great app, first-ever non terrible ads 5/5
Smart speed and voice boost are so good that I get frustrated whenever I'm listening to long form audio in another app.
I paid for Overcast ages ago, so I have the option to remove ads. But the new podcast ads are interesting often enough that I turned them on and left them on.
Good app. Latest update leaves me wondering 3/5
I don't really get the latest update. It's taken away ease of use - for what trade off? It now takes a swipe, and tap to play something. Why? This is unbelievably annoying as I can't tell you how many time I've hit one of the other 4 options that come up in the new second menu. And the UI (I'm on a 6S) is garishly large, like those Jitterbug phones for older persons. It's your app, go nuts tweaking it for all time, but please let those of us paying users who like a feature as it is to have the option to keep that function.
Better than Apple's podcast app 5/5
It's the little things that matter to me. Like how the app automatically sorts your podcasts alphabetically, or how the only ads are for podcasts. Just a couple suggestions... I'd love the option to make playlists of entire podcasts or organize them into groups. The only other thing I can think of is that it could have a section where you could see new or trending podcasts. Other than that, I have no complaints. Great app!
Easy to use and it works! 5/5
A lot of podcast Apps are terrible. This one is amazing! It works and it gives you suggestions on things that you would actually like.
The best podcast app 5/5
I've tried all the different podcast apps and this is by far the best. Great selection, customizable playback controls, and smooth interface.
Look no further 5/5
The best podcasting app bar none.
New update ruined the app 1/5
By berts til it hurts
This new update is horrible. I dont want to link my podcast to social media so its easier for you to track me, i just want to be able to star podcasts might listen to later. Good job developers, you just got me to delete this app!
By Kristen Azzarelli
So much better than the default podcast app. Lots of customization options and the dark theme is easy on the eyes. 👌🏻
Great ideas but poor execution. 1/5
By Lost at Home
I got this app because I love podcasts. It's audio boost is amazing! My problems are with the fact that audio cuts out and is choppy. Sometimes skipping every other word said. The interface is very 2009. Feels like an app you would see in on a gen 2 iPhone. Lastly when you hit play it starts and then stops immediately so you always have to hit play twice to get a show to start. Not worth getting. The iPhone stock podcast app is worlds better.
Easy to use. Easy to change. Easy to group. I pay for this app voluntarily.
New UI locks up constantly 1/5
I often can't get the controls to show for a podcast unless I force quit Overcast. Usually happens after I play two or three podcasts. Untenable.
Nitpicky details are the best! 5/5
This is great
Great podcast manager and player 4/5
Marco has done a great job with this app. Features like the silence shortened, playback speed controls, and voice booster are useful and well-implemented. Navigation among the various screens is somewhat tedious - you have to swipe a lot to move between the various playback screens and the general settings screen, for instance. This is relatively minor, however, and is not offset by the many things the app does very well.
Outstanding sound quality 3/5
Smart Speed is great. Fantastic audio quality.
The UI is a disaster and it's awful to manage podcasts but putting up with it is worth it for the sound quality.
Great podcast app 5/5
Manages space better than the built in app.
Better than iphones podcast app
The premiere podcast application 5/5
Better reviews are out there, read those. I just want to say this is an amazing app with all the features I want and a bunch I didn't know I wanted until I discovered them. I can't praise overcast enough. An amazing app made by an awesome person.
Simple the best podcast app. 5/5
Easy to use and just works. This is what the default iPhone app on iOS should be.
The best podcast app 5/5
This app blows Apple's podcast app out of the water. It's a truly fantastic app and I love the UI and features like voice boost and sleep timer.
As others have mentioned I would love the ability to store podcasts directly on my Watch. Really any additional Watch functionality would be appreciated!
Best Podcast App 5/5
This is the best podcast app! I've tried many others, so here are the pros and why it gets 5 stars:
Because it is small, it is fast!
Because it is small, it is stable!
Smart speed! Now, this feature is fantastic. Basically it dynamically cuts out all the dead air and plays just the voices. This turns an a meteor podcast about a niche topic into a pro-feel show. If you like listening to Podcasts, but get annoyed at dead air, this feature is for you. Combine this with:
Playback Speed. You can have it play a podcast at 110% speed, or faster. You can set different podcasts to different speeds. This is especially awesome combined with Smart Speed!
Harder to use 3/5
New version is harder to use. It now takes two taps to do everything. Podcasts no longer download reliably.
Excellent app 5/5
An excellent podcast app
I've tried many...this is as good as the best...and free
My most-used app 5/5
I've been an Overcast user since it launched, and the app continues to get better and better. The new streaming and chapter support are both top-notch, in an already refined app. Smart Speed and Voice Boost have changed the way I listen to podcasts, making for a superior experience. Opting for the yearly premium subscription was a no-brainer.