It’s so cute 😍😍😍 5/5
I love this app
The best period 5/5
I’ve tried all of the apps out there and this one is the winner!
Need improve for iPad Pro and everything is good
Confusing UI and no automatic playlist adds 3/5
I really wanted to start using Castbox because of the Waze integration I do find the interface confusing but the feature that is missing is to be able to create a playlist and set a number of podcasts to automatically add new episodes and delete played episodes. When this feature gets added, I'll try Castbox again.
Love it, but... 2/5
I love this app, the playlists and interface are far more intuitive than Apple.
However, I’ve had to stop using the app as it causes my phone to go into overdrive and overheat/drain the battery rapidly.
I was hoping it was something else on my phone, but it’s not. This unfortunately only happens with Castbox.
I realy enjoy using castbox 😍
Mmm, My Favorite (request for dev.) 5/5
By Gurt McDirt
I’ve been using this app for about a year now after being frustrated with Apple’s version. I wanted something that looked a little sleeker and still functioned professionally. There have been several key updates since I started and now I keep this at the forefront while Apple’s has been lost to the sea of Apple apps I never use. Much better production and the darker interface is so much more appealing. Easy to sort your subscribed casts, multiple options for displaying your library, picks up the last episode you were listening to at the correct time upon reopening. Personal favorite.
I really appreciate how tuned in to the community these devs are. They’re constantly fixing, updating, and adding things commented on.
One request I have is if we can add a blocker to commenters. Not completely necessary, but I notice a couple frequent commenters on podcasts I regularly listen to that just really bug me. I’d love the option to mute their comments from my feed via blocking their handle.
By Shamim Shiri
Simply perfect !
No better than free apps 2/5
There are a number of free podcast apps out there. I bought this one thinking that, because it was highly rated, it would be easier to access the things I had downloaded. Instead the launch page of this app is filled with ads for other podcasts. The Listen page also lands on “trending” podcasts.
It also takes several attempts for episodes to download for some reason. All the annoying things I tried to escape from Stitcher or other free apps are still here, and then some.
Awesome podcast app! 5/5
I keep returning to this app
Drops all subscriptions on update, Again! 2/5
Castbox is fairly functional if you don’t count the fact that it may just spontaneously disappear your favorite subscription at any time, and repeatedly drop your library when updating.
In Irani we have problems to run the app 😢
Loving this app 5/5
By white knight 88
This application is awesome !
Community CENSORSHIP. (UPDATED) 1/5
By Amy Meditate
EDIT: This update is a response for Teresa from the Castbox staff below. I am updating this review from 1 to 1.5-stars, as it appears that the ban was not permanent. But my core criticisms still stand, and I have no way of knowing if I was only unbanned due to this review. I also see that several of my comments have been DELETED without warning nor explanation (several of which had many thumbs up), not cool. I am afraid I did not take notes on the specific examples of my criticisms, and I'd rather not take the time to look all of that information up again. As for your question #2, I am afraid I cannot give you more details of how my posts were banned/deleted because no details were given to me. But I am not an unreasonable person, and am always open to discussion. If I see that things improve, I will come back and update this review.
I saw your comment on another review that you recently created an entire "moderation team". There aren't a lot of posts per day, one person could easily do the job, so this is really overkill, that's probably a big part of the problem. I can understand deleting or giving warnings for comments that are direct threats or explicit sexual harassment to someone, but I did no such things, and was banned anyway...how many others did this happen to I wonder? And if there is any kind of auto-moderator that bans people when they get a comment flagged, this would be a terrible idea, as certain political groups are known to report posts in a dishonest manner for posts that have nothing violent or threatening in them, simply because they don't like someone or disagree. You should either leave posts unmoderated entirely, or only manually review flagged posts and send a notification saying "you received a warning for ____ post, due to _______" with detailed reasoning and cite the post in question. As it is, prople just wake up one day and bam, they are suddenly banned and have no idea why, don't know what comment was deemed inappropriate, with no recourse (saw the other reviewer who complained about the same thing a day before me). It sounds to me, like instead you have a team actively LOOKING for trouble. Go looking for problems and you'll find reasons to find them, in this case I wouldn't doubt it is either because being overstaffed the moderators feel pressured to take action to show they are doing their job, have political biases, or both.
Alternative solution: if people are sensitive, simply give them the option to block someone. Currently, there is NO option to do this.
As of now, I stand by my original statements. Sudden banning and deleting of content secretly and without explanation makes Castbox just as bad as the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Youtube (Google).
**** ORIGINAL REVIEW: ****
I enjoyed this app well enough at first, but 2 things left a very negative taste in my mouth:
-if you look at what shows are featured and what type of things are celebrated, it begins to dawn on you very quickly that this app is highly politically biased.
-I logged on today and decided to post a few comments in the new Community tab only to be blocked from posting with some cryptic, garbled message about suddenly being banned. No explanation of what they feel I violated, no warning, just instant random banning with no recourse and zero communication.
To make matters even worse, I looked through some podcasts that I thought the Castbox staff would most likely not enjoy based on their political bias and lo and behold...I see from some people's profile pages that they've been plenty busy banning other folks too. Folks that they just so happen would not agree with politically. How convenient.
I thought Castbox was different, but it looks like they are just as heavily biased and pro-censorship as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube/Google are.
1-star, not recommended.
I like the app. 5/5
I switched to Castbox from Apple Podcasts because I like how the app organizes the list of episodes. It is easier to operate and more appealing in my opinion.
Love app 5/5
By cant get enuf
My new most listened to
Good app but... 4/5
Recently when I try to download new episodes, it gets to 100% on the status bar and then the app crashes, and the download is lost. It’s super frustrating and keeps happening!
Garbage Gestapo app that blocks free speech 1/5
By cast box worst
This is just another garbage social app that bans free speech. The are monitoring you and will ban you with no explanation. Besides most the podcasts are mostly brain diluting garbage.
Very frustrated 1/5
Downloaded Becoming and each chapter was truncated. Never got to hear half of each chapter and the partial chapters kept repeating without going on to the next. A total waste of $26.
Update: every other podcast works fine. I got a refund and got the entire book on audible. Castbox customer service was very nice, but I had bought the book before they reached out.
I just love it 😍😍
Nice, but needs engineering fixes 3/5
Pros: my favorite layout, has all the podcasts, has playlists, etc. its a good design and a great feature set.
Cons: very slow. doesnt sync across devices well so continuity is not possible. its realllly slow. crashes. did i mention it’s slow? Web version is awful. No good ipad version. So...slow
Please pls fix the backend
Best app for consuming audio content 5/5
It allows me to listen to a podcast seamlessly on multiple devices. Livecast is fun.
Best podcast app for phone not tablet 4/5
Plz add support for iPad. App’s page is tiny in middle of the screen, and it’s not full screen.
Podcast organizer 5/5
I love love love this app. It is so frustrating using the Apple podcast app and I heard about Castbox and am soooo happy to have installed it. I especially love the playlist option. It’s a great way to organize your podcasts.
Great app, must have. 5/5
Beautifully designed, and very Intuitive app, which never crashes.
Love it already! 4/5
Only had it for a couple of hours and I like the layout, the ease with which I found my favorite podcasts, and I LOVE the Favorites option, something I wish the Apple Podcasts app had instead of the add to/remove from library thing. Most of the items in my podcast library don’t sync to the desktop app lately anyway. Just add the ability to read the complete title of the episode and it’s perfect to me. One bug: lack of background updating with the notifications when new episodes come in. I’ll take a look at my settings, but if I hadn’t opened the app I wouldn’t have known I had 11 new episodes instead of 2.
By William t trexl
On of the best podcast ever made!
App crashes a lot 2/5
App crashes a lot
Good app 5/5
By Cr7 ali
All around brilliant and entertaining 5/5
These podcasts are incredibly well-researched in their depth and breadth; drawing on both history and cultures from across the globe. They are also entertaining - gripping at times; humorous at others. The language, sounds and background music all make it very "readable," sometimes like a crime novel or thriller. Please listen. It is all true and it is essential reading for anyone who cares about preserving democracy. Thank you, Dr. Klaas.
Love to see something so real and true!💕 5/5
Can’t get enough of it!!!!!!😍😁
Apple watch volume control doesn't work 5/5
Volume control doesn't work with apple watch
No zen mode! 2/5
I previously had a Android smartphone and was able to enjoy the zen mode but once I got the iPhone, the app doesn’t have zen mode!
Great Player 5/5
I absolutely love this app. The ability to make an arrange my own playlist is perfect. There is a lot of flexibility in which subscriptions automatically download along with how many new episodes will stay in the library.
List episodes in order please.
Great app 5/5
I just started using this app. I have noticed a great change since listening to podcast. I especially want to mention The Mindset and Motivation podcast. I will be using the tools from now on.
Another half-baked podcast app 2/5
Failed to import some podcasts from another app. The one that I noticed was on their "discover" page, so it isn't an access problem. It's a software problem. Glad I noticed before deciding to switch to this app; might have lost subscriptions and assumed those podcasters just stopped publishing. This is enough for me to reject this app and anything else made by the developer.
First Western text on archival theory: 1883
First commercial digital record: 1971
First internet radio show: 1993
Please SOMEONE make an app that can organize and play audio file feeds in a reliable and robust way.
No native iPad app 2/5
Former Android user who was devoted to Castbox. Just for a new iPad, quickly discovered that Apple Podcasts is terrible, and downloaded this. So disappointed that this app is not designed responsively for iPads. Will be finding an alternative unless and until this changes :(
Clean with me on this app! 5/5
I love the Castbox app and recommend it to people looking for a way to listen to my podcast. (My podcast is called “Clean With Me.”) Thanks Castbox! You make it easy for people to find my show! ❤️
No landscape view for iPad 2/5
Why??? I don’t want to see this in portrait view on my iPad. Please fix. Android has it already.
BEST PODCAST APP EVER 5/5
By Sally Abdalgadir
We can make multiple playlists now? HELL YES!
By Psychic Mermaid
Takes a BUNCH of taps to get the timer to come up on my iPhone.
Can’t download 2/5
As of today I can’t download any podcast. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling, still no luck.
Edit may 7: I tried data and still no luck. I can stream them but I like to download with WiFi and listen offline at work.
By Monica <3
This was so great I’ll probably need to listen to it often it was just soo great!!
They killed it:( 1/5
By F Ditty
Been a loyalist since launch. Todays update makes adding anything to your playlist a p.i.a. Too many steps now. Why hasn’t ANYONE figured out a simple to organize playlist for people subscribed to MANY podcasts? The people updating must not be users. Bye bye:(
Good but fix this flaw 3/5
Only in Castbox, do the podcasts I listen to unexpectedly stop. The app quits on its own causing me to have to restart it several times just to get thru one podcast.
Other then that, a nice app.
Hate the community tab 3/5
It’s a waste of space full of crap unmoderated comments I don’t want to see.
Very happy with app. Wish there was a way to save time stamps / book mark podcast times to make it easier to reference later
My go to for podcasts! 5/5
I use several, but Castbox is my fav!