Great, but... 4/5
What happened to playback speeds less than 1x? Great feature when trying to doze off, the slower the better.
Keeps getting better 5/5
Marco gets how my brain wants a podcast app to work. Great combo of features and usability.
Crashes when I open Reddit 4/5
By Fisher 35633
Crashes when I open Reddit
Great app 5/5
I love the priority feature. I put all of my podcasts in the order. Things that I always want before lessor podcasts. I just say “Hey, Siri. Play priority,” and it continues the current podcast then plays in order favorites. It’s amazingly easy.
My Apple Watch is now properly useful 5/5
By Dom B L
Been looking forward to WatchOS 5 (or at least the idea of the implementation of audio that eventually became the WatchOS 5 feature) since I read the Marco.org description of why the world’s premier smart device couldn’t play a podcast. Thank you so much for this update. Looking forward to the time I can designate playlists as the “send to watch” list so I don’t end up with all my “in case stranded on desert island” backlog on my watch rather than the latest Waking Up.
The best. Period 5/5
This is the best podcast app ever made to date. If you enjoy podcasts then download this app, subscribe and life will be good.
Great app, don’t care for the new now playing screen 4/5
This is still the best podcast app out there, I use it daily and have been since 1.0. I really thought 4.0 was the best design yet and still believe so. I dislike the new now playing screen quite a bit just due to wasted vertical space and making it a chore to look at show notes. Overall the app is still great though, I couldn’t live without smart speed now
Strange automatic behavior 2/5
Auto adds podcast episodes with little ability to filter ? Confusing unintuitive layout and functionality
Issues with the new version 4/5
Having issues with the new version freezing or just straight up crashing. Also, where did the button to add all episodes go? I get a new podcast and have to add 300 episodes manually?!
Otherwise I love this app and would be sad to be forced to look elsewhere.
Won’t open notifications right 4/5
I don’t get the point of notifications if all it does is open the app where it was last left off. It then dismisses the name of the podcast from the notifications so unless I actually paid a bit of attention, I’m out if luck. It’s not a big deal but you’ll understand that frustration if you get 5+ notifications in a day.
Feels like a slight downgrade 4/5
By Jody F
Newest version changes the way the episode playback interface looks, turning the playback speed, episode art, and show notes into sliding cards instead of a full screen display. This pushes the UI and notes into a smaller area making them harder to read and interact with.
Otherwise I am enjoying the update. Just wish I could revert to the previous UI.
Bad update on my iPhone SE 1/5
Bad update. Big lag every time app comes to foreground on my iPhone SE.
Great organization and time compression 5/5
I love how Overcast organizes podcasts and makes it easy to add new ones. I’m especially impressed with the time compression feature. I prefer this over the Apple standard app by leaps and bounds.
Love Overcast 5/5
By Craig Swanson
Overcast is the main app I use every day. Grateful for all the attention put into this beautiful tool. Just adding my voice to all the people who appreciate this great app.
Never Fails 5/5
As always this app is the must have for new and hardcore podcast listeners.
Simply better 5/5
If you are at all interested in podcasts, or only listen to a few, you should get overcast. Playlists are a game changer, and voice boost and smart speed are cherries on top. I’m always delighted by this app and am a proud premium member.
Favorite Podcast App 5/5
With the new features with WatchOS 5 - this is by far the best podcast app out there! I hope to see episode specific search at some point but it's still the best podcast player on the market.
A continuation of simple, concise design 5/5
By Dr. ThunderBunny
Overcast has always been great, simple, easy to use, and visually appealing app, and Overcast 5.0 takes it to the next level. I can't ever imagine switching to a different podcast app. Thanks for all the hard work Marco!
CarPlay problems 3/5
Love this app, but the bugginess with CarPlay drives me bonkers. Does not allow one to choose an episode on car screen; you must use the phone. Fix please?
Almost 5 stars 4/5
By mighty adam
Just got the iPhone Xs and paired the Series 4 watch to it.
What doesn’t work?
Volume slider does not respond on the watch. It’s there as an icon but not clickable. Annoying that I have to switch to “the now playing app” to adjust the volume > please correct.
What could be improved?
Process of importing podcasts to the watch. Apple did it the right way. As your app only supports audio podcasts, files are small. Apple podcasts automatically downloads (and keeps synchronized) a copy of a podcast to the watch when it’s on it’s charging cradle. Process is not invoked by the watch but a companion app (watch app). Could you implement something similar instead on clicking watch and phone icon (from Overcast watch app) back and forth to make it happen.
Search (update animation). On the iPhone app there seems to be 2 refresh glyphs when you drag the finger down. One above the search (on top) and one in the body when podcasts are listed. A little redundant. Can’t be replaced with one?
Overall nice update.
New version is laggy 3/5
By Vulgar demos
I love this app but the new iOS and watchOS versions are a bit slow and laggy on Apple Watch series 2 and iPhone 6s Plus. I’m sure they perform better on newer machines but it’s not like mine are that old.
Was my favorite podcast app but 2/5
This was my favorite podcast app that I’ve tried but then it started crashing all the time. Now if I hit pause on a show and try to replay it after about ten seconds it will continue to play but the sound will cut out. Then I have to close the app and reopen it for it to work again. It also sometimes just crashes randomly but it’s mostly whenever paused. Since I listen to podcasts primarily at work, I can’t mess with closing the app and reopening it as often as it happens. For now I’m on the hunt for a new app. Unfortunate because then one was by far the best! I love being able to just add one episode or unsubscribe from new episodes but keep a podcast in my feed for a later time.
Smart Speed Without 0.5x-1x 2/5
Smart Speed Without 0.5x-1x. Please add it.
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!
Update v5- good watch support is here! This has more to do with apple than anybody, but it finally is possible to take a watch without the phone, plus AirPods, and get your overcast podcasts. It auto syncs your recent podcasts to the watch which saves time of sending it one at a time. The app has saved me 257 hours due to smart speed, above the savings just from playing the podcasts faster. App still awesome and I love it!
Apple Watch Stuff Still Doesn’t Work, but Sound Features are Nice 2/5
By Carolina Photographer
The big feature in this release of Overcast, was supposed to be the Apple Watch playback. Sadly, it still doesn’t work at all.
I have tried to manually add podcast to my watch, and also tried the new “auto sync.” Neither work.
I’ve deleted and reinstalled the app countless times, and restarted my phone and watch almost as many. None of it helps (whether the watch is on its charger or not.)
The sounds stuff (voiceboost, smartspeed) are still great, but if you want to listen to podcasts on your watch, look elsewhere.
A great app from a great developer. 5/5
Thanks for a great app Marco!
Great App 5/5
One of my most used apps. Really great. Very much worth the low subscription cost for added themes and continues developer support. One of this apps that’s constantly being improved is great and thoughtful ways. A great alternative to built in the podcast app.
Easily the best 5/5
Not much to say. Easily the best podcast platform I’ve found.
Great design, but persistent crashing 2/5
This has been a rock-solid app, but after the latest release, it crashes frequently. I’ve experienced this on two different phones. Very annoying.
More speed variations! 4/5
Love the app just don’t like the new update! Please bring back more speed variations!
Used to love it but... 1/5
After the latest update, podcasts automatically get shut off after the first minute or so. Please fix this!
Great improvement! 5/5
The best podcast application I have ever tried, now works well on an Apple Watch.
A convert! 5/5
I tried this after getting turned off by the iPhone native app and geting frustrated by the buggy, crash-y, nonfunctional podcast app I’d tried to replace it originally. I’m so glad I did! This works smoothly, is easy to navigate, loads podcasts fast and is everything I want! Two thumbs up.
Smart Volume! 5/5
There is nothing I hate more than listening to a podcast where the volumes vary widely throughout the episode. This app fixes that!!!
So simple and powerful 5/5
This is the best podcast app available
Finally added search 5/5
This was a good app before, but now that an in-feed search has been added, it’s the single best podcast app you can get. Premium is worth it to support!
#1 Podcast Client on ANY Platform 5/5
Overcast is, by far, the best podcast client available for any platform. Until I discovered this app, the only good part of listening to podcasts was the actual content. This app introduces the first pleasurable experience in managing your podcasts. It will organize your feed for you or you can tinker with playlists and feeds on your own and customize your experience. 💯
I thought I would like the new Watch app 1/5
I used the old Watch app, the one the developer apparently hated. I loved it. It showed my podcasts on my phone, I could skip ahead of even skip chapters. It was only missing a volume control.
Now the new version has volume control, but everything is worse. It’s so slow, swiping between screens takes SECONDS on a series 3 watch. On there’s no way to manage storage, so now my 8GB Apple Watch is FULL of podcasts from my old backlog on my iPhone, and the whole watch is sluggish because of that. I keep getting “storage is full” messages and all the apps are acting weird. I think I will just delete the Watch app, it’s making the whole Apple Watch experience worse. I hope someone is reading these reviews...
Overcast 5 is a game changer 5/5
Overcast 4 was already the best podcast client on iPhone by miles, but the new polishing in 5 improves usability by a lot. Great job Marco.
Love the new 5.0! 5/5
Biggest plus? Ability to change the volume on the watch app:)
Clear implementation of the ... (access to multiple pages) is also nice
Highly recommend app for listening to podcasts
Search bar is amazing 5/5
Who knew that a simple search bar would save so much time. I'm used to spending minutes trying to find a new podcast and now I can do it in a few taps.
Five stars if you revert the sleep timer UI change 3/5
Love this app. Love the podcast directory. Love the organization tools.
Please revert the sleep timer to include adding 15/30 minutes.
Great app but wish they hadn’t removed 0.75x speed.
I love the haptics. 5/5
Overall great update, but I particularly like the haptics.
Don’t fix what isn’t broken. 1/5
By The TL
I loved Overcast up until the recent change, which was unnecessary and has made me go in search of another podcast app after recommending Overcast to many people over the years. I switched to Overcast when I got frustrated with Apple’s podcast app, but now Overcast has gone in the same direction. The new version of the podcast graphics is ugly, the sleep timer has no frequently used defaults and is so microscopic you can barely see it, and on and on. Who thought these changes were a good idea? Fire that person.
The Best! 5/5
This is the best podcast app of all the ones I have used/researched. And, updates with Siri Shortcuts and UI changes are great! I have 2 requests:
1. Add progress bar to minimized play menu, when in browsing mode.
2. Please Please Please add a shortcut to look for the 1st unplayed episode in a playlist and play that rather than resume the last played in playlist. I use priority to put daily updates at the beginning of list and after I finish that I then get back to catch-up episodes.
User friendly 5/5
Works better than any of the other podcast apps I have tried. The Apple podcast app will not play nice with my car. Instead of fast forward it skips to the next podcast.
This app gets all of these details right without having a steep learning curve. 🤩
BEST PODCASTER APP, PERIOD 5/5
No joke, you'll never use anything else! Thanks, Marco, for the continued development.
Another Great update 5/5
Overcast has a clean, easy to grasp interface. I’ve used it since launch and it has shown continuous, thoughtful improvement. This revision makes it really easy to find and customize the”Smart Speed” settings for each podcast.
Better but still some issues 4/5
It’s much better since the last update, new player looks great but still crashes a lot. I’m able to look through my library without much freezing but whenever I try to download or add an episode to unplayed it freezes and crashes a lot of the times. I’m usually able to still download the episodes which is nice