Great app, but not working with CarPlay 4/5
Update: Still experiencing the same issue with our new car. Please fix!
My favorite podcast app for years now, but I have issues using it with CarPlay. Pressing play on a podcast in All Episodes via CarPlay interface never actually plays. I have to press play on the phone instead. Please fix! Message me for more info. I’d be glad to help!
Excellent app 4/5
I won’t repeat the accolades that so many other reviewer‘s have given this app, suffice it to say that it is excellent and well worth the money. I deducted one star because I don’t like the podcast discover feature. It’s clever podcast discovery is tied to Twitter, but I would prefer something that is more akin to what the stock podcast app offers. There are new and trending podcast that I simply won’t ever hear about if I rely on Overcast.
Couldn’t be better, but it will be! 5/5
After a frustrating upgrade to iOS Podcast app, the answer appeared: Overcast.
The extra features are what I needed.
And, I can find and replay prior podcasts.
Extra features are plentiful in the Settings.
Such as ability to mass edit individual podcast settings.
I remain an empowered podcast junkie.
This review is uncompensated.
Preferred podcast app 5/5
By Mean Luke Green
First off, the reason i decided to write a review is because overcast doesn’t send a pop-up asking you to rate them. I appreciate that.
I’ve used apple podcasts and i’ve used stitcher. Neither are very intuitive. Apple was my main app, but i got frustrated and looked for something else when it became too difficult even to get a podcast to play.
I settled on overcast and i have no complaints. I’m almost always listening to podcasts so i spend a lot of time with the app. I like that overcast doesn’t do anything i haven’t set for it to do like recommend me podcasts. Very customizable too.
Adchum is correct. Marco is a genius 4/5
This does virtually everything the built in Podcasts app does, except that it actually does it all *well*, it isn’t full of bugs and won’t fill your phone up with un-deletable cache files like Apple’s own app does. It’s also faster, more visually appealing, more convenient (iPhone landscape mode!!! Almost fell out of my chair when I noticed it), and fully supports the Apple Watch (and very well, at that - it’s one of the few watch apps that does exactly what it’s supposed to, and quickly, and reliably). If Apple knew what they were doing they’d buy Overcast and make it the default podcast app on iOS.
Edit, June 2018: I've had to deduct a star; this app is starting to go downhill. Drag and drop re-ordering of episodes has been broken for at least 6 months (I dread having to change a playlist sequence now), and now the latest update (which I foolishly tried in the hopes it would fix drag and drop) makes the app almost unusable on my iPhone 5S - constant crashes at startup and background crashing during playback if you open even so much as a second app. Apple Watch communication with the main app is still wonky and unpredictable. And why remove iPhone rotation mode? It can't have been a terribly difficult feature to maintain especially if the iPad still has it. I fear this one may be going the way of some of the developer's previous apps: losing his attention and on the way to being sold to a 3rd party who'll neglect it further.
Best Podcast App 5/5
I love this app. The smart playlists are great—you can sort your podcasts, prioritize them, and then you can manually change the order in the playlist by dragging and dropping. When I used to use Apple’s podcast app, it crashed all the time. Overcast is super stable, and allows you to sync across devices. This is definitely the best app available.
Met my standards 5/5
I wanted a podcast app that paused when my maps were on, resumed where I left off if I closed the app and reopened it, and had easy navigation through all episodes of a podcast. This was the sixth I tried, and was very pleased.
My favorite podcast has over 500 episodes. It’s narrative, so I want them in order, from the beginning. This app can’t find the first two years of the show at all, so it’s useless to me.
Do not change a thing! 4/5
I would give this a five. But. Ads. That being said, I don't mind them, the ads are discreet, and the flow of podcasts is great. In fact, the ads are promoting other cool podcasts to listen to! Very user friendly.
Overcast is customizable, and perfect for people who like to binge or listen heavily to multiple podcasts.
Overcast, Please do not add social media interactivity. Or “story streams”. Keep your app as is. Thanks for providing just the pods. After trying several other apps. You are a keeper. Ads and all.
Fixed, but still buggy. 2/5
Version 4.2.2 at least fixed the bug that caused Overcast to freeze and crash at startup, EVERY TIME. I wouldn’t call that a “minor bug fix”. Apparently the developer is better at understatement than he is at app building. But since the app suddenly became functional again, I added a star.
Still a lot of deal-killing bugs surrounding episode downloads.
When I set Overcast to stream only, I can’t subsequently download a particular episode. The episode gets stuck in the download queue, but never downloads. Every time.
When I set Overcast to download only, episodes still occasionally get stuck in the download queue. No rhyme or reason to it. Sometimes episodes download, and sometimes they don’t.
But here’s the kicker: there’s no place in the app to observe download progress! So you stare at a static download screen and kind of pray that the episode downloads. You feel lucky today?
While we’re on the subject, “stream only” is a misnomer. Overcast doesn’t actually stream episodes. When you press play on an episode, the entire episode downloads and takes up storage space until you delete the episode. So stream only should really be called download on demand, because that’s what it is.
PocketCasts is still the king when it comes to podcast app functionality, although it’s not the best looking podcast app. Castro is a sentimental favorite, and visually the best, but it also has a few bugs of its own. But the Castro developers at least let you know that they’re working on fixes.
Overcast is buggy, and the developer refuses to respond when you let him know you’re not happy that you spent $10 for an annual subscription to an app that is still too buggy to use as a daily driver.
If I could get a refund for this defective app, I could stop writing reviews. That’s life. Thanks for understanding.
Beats other podcasting apps 5/5
Easy search, playlist, auto download and delete. So much better than standard preloaded podcasting apps
I’m usually inclined to stick with the Apple version of anything, but dang Overcast is good. Works with CarPlay, too!
Overcast has become really great 5/5
I just installed Overcast on my iPod Touch, and it synced my podcast list from my iPhone automatically. Coupled with the syncing between the web interface and my devices, this was enough to get me to pay for the subscription. The steady improvements of the app without feature bloat are just fantastic.
THE BEST podcast player. 5/5
Try it if you haven’t already.
Can't go back to the regular podcast app! 5/5
Hands down the best podcast app. Don’t even try another podcast. Love this so much! The feature where they cut out the pauses between words and sentences has saved me twenty four hours of time!
Been using for years, first app I haven’t demanded any changes 5/5
Why do people even use Apple podcast anymore
One of my favorites 4/5
This is one of my most used apps with 2 hours commuting each day. The flexibility of the app is great and it would be a 5* app if it fixes the car play freezes that seem to happen. Each trip at some point the car play UI locks up and becomes unresponsive and all I can do is use the phone or my watch for interaction.
Love it but can’t see entire Podcast Description 3/5
By Rip Redwood
Loads better than the native iPhone podcast app but the only moan I have is that there is no way to expand the podcast’s description. Not of the episode but of the Podcast itself. A bit jarring when adding new podcasts that people recommend and are unfamiliar with. Please fix so I can give this app the 5-Star rating it deserves.
The best iOS podcast app! 5/5
I’m an avid podcast listener and have gone through a few of the popular iOS podcast apps. Overcast is by far the best, I paid for the premium version within a week I loved it so much and haven’t looked back since. Couldn’t recommend this more for podcast listening, you won’t be disappointed.
Premium service 2/5
Clicked on the button paid and then nothing??? Sent a response but no reply. Sent Twitter reply nothing??? I want my money back..
Best podcast app 5/5
This blows the Apple podcast app out of the water. I switched and never looked back! You will, too!
Absolutely fantastic. 5/5
This is such a well-designed app, down to the most minute details of options I might want. I wish more devs paid this much attention to detail in other stuff I use. Absolutely stellar. I’ve had some minor issues but they’re always patched promptly. I can’t imagine using any other podcast app now. Plus dark mode is absolutely amazing.
WAY better than Apple’s native podcast player! 5/5
By Another Five Stars
For those of you who are disappointed with Apple for messing up their own podcast player: this player is your solution. My experience has found this player to be more responsive, and the features are amazing. Thank you for bringing podcasts back to life.
Love it 5/5
I love this app and it is my primary way of listening to podcasts
A great podcast app 5/5
It’s a great podcast app. Better than the one that comes with iPhone. Downloads new podcasts immediately. You can set how many episodes to keep before deleting. Easy to skip ahead and back. Overall a great app.
Overcast is King 5/5
Overcast utilizes all available APIs for maximum usability. The dev knows his stuff.
First iPhone, Overcast is the first app ive ever downloaded. 5/5
Thank you Marco!!!
Love it 5/5
Love this platform. Very well created and meets all my needs.
Smart speed 1/5
Where are the controls? Some podcasts run to fast!
Podcasts get stuck on waiting to download but never actually do
Great App! 4/5
By Pgh Expat
Huge improvement over Apple’s iOS 11 podcast app. I am glad to pay for the premium subscription.
What happened? 2/5
I used to love this app. Despite being useless for finding new podcasts, the speed options, library organization, and smooth operation made Overcast very worthwhile. I just kept the Apple podcast app for finding interesting new listens, and then I’d subscribe on Overcast. This is a pain but it used to be worth it. Now Overcast is driving me insane. Despite setting it to stream, not download, new episodes, the app regularly fills up my storage with downloads. I have to clean it out podcast by podcast every week or so to keep it from taking up 5+ GB. It also won’t stream podcasts anymore when not connected to WiFi. I constantly get error messages. It’s worthless right now, but I’m giving it two stars in the hopes that it will return to its former glory. So disappointed.
Nothing better: streamlined, beautiful in its easy simple structure 5/5
On PC I’m forced to use Grover Pro as everything else the structure either isn’t there or too chaotic or specific. I even got a year of stitcher premium just for Thinking Sideways bonus eps and what a ghastly structure, it’s a shame creator of this couldn’t partner in such a way as stitchers new parent corporation without losing IP or similar but if you can and see this: DO IT. Would be God’s gift to podcasting.
The best part is how easily I can switch from stream when added and download when added and new eps show under subs ready to stream and if not able to use WiFi two clicks I’m good, get ep, switch back. Never takes space I don’t allow. PERFECTION
PC is praying for your intervention
Smart Speed For The Win 5/5
By Mozef Kaddas
There are so many good podcasts out there, and so many podcast apps to download into your smartphone to listen to your favorite ones.
All these podcast apps, including Apple “iOS” Podcast have in common features that make them somehow similar to each other.
Yet, what makes Overcast stand above the rest, is it has a technology that I haven’t seen in others, and it's called Smart Speed which shortens the silence in thought long podcast, I know all the apps give you a control to speed up your podcast if you are in a car and don’t have enough time, while you don’t want to miss any of the speech, I know this depends on everyone preference and the type of show you listening to. But we all know speeding up your podcast it take from the enjoyment.l, that’s way overcast has the technology that doesn’t trade off the enjoyment yet also save sometime. I recommend it big time. All I wish for is a new feature that allows the podcast rewind a 5 seconds back when ever a notification goes off while you are listening to one.
Why didn’t I find this sooner 5/5
I have been using Apples built-in podcast app for years and I kept thinking “its got to be easier than this!” And it was, I just needed Overcast.
I love the smart playlist, adding the newest versions of my favorite series and it’s very clear, what I have already listened to, and what’s new. Thank you Overcast!!
I love overcast 5/5
This works much better than the native app. I love the sleep timer. The only thing that could be better is making it easier to jump from one episode to the home page for that podcast to search for more goodness.
Smart Speed 5/5
By Shaken sksjansbd
This app is great, if you use smart speed it cuts out the pauses in a very natural way.
Well organized 5/5
By Jennifer from Santa Barbara, C
Love this app. Great features for organizing your listening and good recommendations for new casts. Strong choice!
Best in Show 5/5
Best experience out there for avid podcast listener, better than iTunes, Pocketcasts, Castro, Castbox. I like those and use each for specific purposes. But Overcast is where I do most of my listening. It’s up there with Phone and Safari among the apps I use most.
Perfect podcast player 5/5
This is my most used app. I love the CarPlay integration.
Stream fails frequently 3/5
I'm not sure if this is a recent change but the stream fails frequently and rather than just picking it back up, the podcast stops completely. If you're using an Apple watch to control the podcast then it doesn't work. It requires you to go back to the phone app, unlock the phone, open the app and restart the podcast.
Much better than apples’s podcast app 5/5
There is always room for improvement and this app isn’t the most intuitive but I’m fine to trade that in for the flexibility and reliability. Will never go back to Apple’s!
Best of breed experience 5/5
This is the standard to which all podcast apps might be judged. What attention to detail! The smart speed feature alone is worth it. This podcast app is made by (and for) a podcasting enthusiast.
Great App!!! 5/5
Have been using Overcast for years. Very pleased how it has worked all this time. Small issues every now and then are attended to quickly. I‘m happy to pay for this app because it is well maintained and I love the features offered. Saves me time even though I listen at normal speed. I even listen to one podcast at 3/4 speed because the host just moves to fast for me to follow. I’m 70 years old mostly bedridden and podcasts fill much of my time, because I love to learn and laugh.
Hands down best podcast app 5/5
What more needs to be said? This is a fantastic app that I use everyday and never have a problem with
No more send to apple watch mode ! 1/5
If like me the primary reason you were looking at this app was the supposed feature allowing you to push episodes to the apple watch, well stay clear ! This app no longer has this mode. Don’t do what I did, pay 9.99 for a year long rip off.
Consistently the best 5/5
I’ve tried out some new and admittedly cool podcast apps, but always come back to overcast. Go ahead, try a bunch of them :) just make sure you try this one too.
Favorite podcast player by far 5/5
I love the dark mode feature, I love the smart speed and it has an Apple Watch app as well.
It keeps track of my settings (like speed and smart speed) for particular podcasts so that I don’t have to fiddle with them when I change shows.
Overall just a huge fan.
Long Time User 5/5
Wonderful podcast player. Best I've come across.