Best Podcast App our there 5/5
Best Podcast App our there
Keeps deleting my episodes 1/5
Title says it all...I keep downloading episodes to listen to, seeing them downloaded in the playlist, then finding when I go to listen to them that they aren’t there anymore. I’ll probably find a new app, this one isn’t especially usable. Pity, other than that it was better than the iPhone app.
Great app for Podcasts 5/5
I have tried many Podcast apps and could never find the right one for me. Overcast is, by far, the best I’ve tried. It has a very in depth amount of personalized options for many different aspects of a podcast player. Honestly I didn’t know I needed a lot of the options until I tried them. You will love it.
Terrible support 1/5
By east mountain
On the strength of all the excellent reviews, I downloaded this and paid for premium right away. But then after one session of use, the continuous play function just stops working. I reinstalled the app and found the same problem. Repeated emails to the developer and no response or even acknowledgment. And I’m a premium user! This is terrible terrible app support. Don’t buy it if you want the continuous play function On an iPhone
I was looking for an alternative to Apple’s Podcast Player with similar features. I found what I was looking for in the Overcast player, and I haven’t looked back.
Great for people with poor battery life 5/5
Hiya, I'm gonna preface this review saying I have a 5S that's around two years old, so my battery can't even support things like Spotify for too long without exploding.
That being said, overcast is probably the best app I've used in years. Not only are the features like downloading podcasts really nice for me, but I love the main staples of overcast: smart speed and voice boost.
Marco did an amazing job with the design of these features because they are everything podcast listeners need. Smart speed takes your current podcast and takes out long pauses and empty space to save you those precious minutes that you can spend browsing more Reddit. Voice boost is a setting that helps to make choices clearer, especially in noisier environments.
Overall, great app and highly recommend.
By The Cat's Name
All I wanted was to listen to a podcast oldest to newest. It wouldn’t do that from the show page for some reason, so I created a playlist and added the episodes. On two separate playlists, the app started correctly and the after playing 1-2 episodes, deleted everything except the last two. It also included episodes that were not part of that podcast on the show page. What a piece of garbage.
Big fan 5/5
I switched from Apple Podcast to Overcast last year and it was a great decision. No more crashing, no more weird bugs with shows not downloading, easy to use, easy to make playlists. I’m a big fan.
Great app 5/5
Love Marco Arment’s attention to detail, passion for podcast listening, and commitment to not sacrificing the user experience!
Better than Apple Podcasts 5/5
Better playback options, show notes display in the proper format, and the skip ahead 30 seconds button is clutch when you don’t want to listen to another Squarespace ad 😎
Not auto deleting played podcasts 3/5
By mas90guru ct
I guess this is a tough thing to program.
My favorite podcast app 5/5
I've used all the popular podcast apps, and previously pocket cast was my favorite - but it's now been replaced with overcast . The key differentiator isn't the whiz bang audio speed up , but instead the elegant simple straightforward interface. It is the antithesis of the apple podcast app, which absolutely infuriated me. Looking forward to many hundreds of hours with this app.
June 2015: this app continues to be one of the top three or four that I use every single day. It's brought me so much joy - now across my iPhone 6.
January 2016: I continue to use this app so much that sometimes I wonder whether I have purchased a overcast appliance instead of iPhone.
February 2016 - overcast, over last 45 days, has been the number one use of my iPhone - it's close to the perfect App.
March 2016 - with the 2.5 release, and new behavior for single touch downloading without playing - a great podcast app became even greater!
Sept 2016 - overcast and tweetbot get 3-4 hours use, every day. Still love it.
Feb 2017 - new GUI is a fluid dreamlike experience. Packaging *just* overcast and iPhone is a meaningful value proposition. Unquestionably the favorite app on my iPhone.
Dec. 2018 - still use it every single day - with the latest release the GUI has *finally surfaced all the features a finger flick away. Even the ads are so interesting I *keep* them on. One of the Gems of the iOS world - my screen time shows that my iPhone is almost an “overcast” device.
Simple and easy 5/5
This review was simple and easy to write. Overcast is as simple and easy to use podcast app as you can find. Very organized, playback modes are self explanatory, a totally intuitive layout (would like the timer access to be a bit bigger). I’ve shown a number of non-computer literate people, who have always wanted to listen to podcasts, Overcast and it took them a full minute to catch on and get hooked. What more is there to say.
I really love Overcast! Have sworn by it for years. 5/5
Really like the simple design and nice features. Have loved it for years!
The best podcast app by an amazingly talented developer. 5/5
Sleep function no longer works 1/5
Or it’s not intuitive and I don’t know how to use it. I use this every night and since the update I have missed entire episodes can you give me instructions or fix it please. Otherwise it’s back to the drawing board to find another podcast app.
Beats the Apple app easily 5/5
This is the first app I install on a new iOS device. Embarrassing for Apple that they fall so far short it.
Only thing I'd ask is for more detailed watch controls
Not obvious how to update podcasts. 2/5
There is no obvious way to update podcasts. I’m sure it exists, if it doesn’t it deserves one star, but it’s not obvious where it is.
Needs to support other speakers 3/5
No ability to cast to Chromecast.
Shutting down 5/5
My app has shut down on me 3 times without prompt today.
Doesn’t auto delete podcasts older than 60,90,120 days 2/5
By Big Pianst
I can’t get Overcast to properly manage podcast downloads. If I set it up to keep 10 I played episodes, it keeps only old episodes and won’t auto download the latest episodes and auto delete the old episodes. Thus I have to set it to manual delete episodes and then the app takes up so much memory until I delete the old episodes episodes I haven’t listened to.
Overcast out lease fix this!
Please give a setting to keep the 10, 20, 30 most recent episodes and auto delete anything older than the 10 latest.
Look at Beyondpod in Android for the best management settings.
Why can’t I see and listen to all new the podcasts? 3/5
Apple has so muddled up its Podcast app that I was reluctantly forced to look elsewhere. With every iOS update after 11 I would be summarily unsubscribed from one or more podcasts and it was exceedingly frustrating.
This app is very well recommended but for some bewildering reason episodes that I have not played do bit consistently show up in the Unplayed column. I regularly have to go to the All Episodes column to find the most recent one I want to hear.
I cannot find another way to reach the developers and the website link merely takes me back to the app.
Not user friendly 1/5
Not intuitive to use. Inconvenient.
New Episodes 3/5
Very often “today’s” episodes don’t download....
It works! 5/5
It works. Isn’t “glitchy.” Easy to use!
Listen your way 5/5
By Amy V Chicago
After years of frustration listening to podcasts on Apple podcast app I started seeking out other options. I wanted an app that would let me listen to episodes at a greater speed with more control than 1.0, 1.5, or 2.0. Overcast is perfect. I love the user interface, I can set Smart Speed to speed up the silences, and increase in small increments. Thank you!
Great App 4/5
By far the best podcasts app for iOS. Only issue is Siri shortcuts was working and just decided to stop. Not sure if it’s a Siri issue or Overcasts issue. I would use it with HomePod so now it’s a bit of a bummer I can’t. Otherwise would be five stars.
Best podcast app ever 5/5
Hands down still the best podcast app. I’ve tried a bunch and Overcast is never surpassed in ease of use, syncing between devices, and just overall experience.
Very clean layout and easy to use.
A couple minor suggestions:
1. Rather than slide to delete each episode and delete one by one, allow a select and mass delete.
2. When i play, it automatically displays the podcast artwork. Make this optional so that the episode list displays instead.
This is sooooooo much better than Apple’s native app.
Overcast is the BOMB 5/5
Dang overcast is exactly what I neede after the dismal failure of the Apple Podcast app updates.
Overcast is easy to use, has every podcast I’ve ever looked for and a ton of features that make the app awesome like auto play where you left off and backing up a few seconds so you remember where you were at.
Make Overcast great again 2/5
This used to be the best podcast app but now it’s riddled with bugs. The last update claimed to fix a bug where the app would force close when running in the background, but the bug is still very much present. The timer doesn’t work right. Sometimes podcasts will show 0 seconds left but when you skip ahead it stays stuck in the last 30 seconds. It’s still better than Apple’s app so I continue to use it but I’m also hunting for something new and better.
I love the variable speed feature
Won’t download podcasts automatically 2/5
I’m only putting this since I can’t get things to automatically download in the background and the support link doesn’t go anywhere. I have to open the app and then the downloads to kick them off which I rarely remember when I’m not on cellular and wanting to play it.
The best..ever. Just outstanding. 5/5
I’m been a heavy podcast user for years.. and tried this because of the compatibleness of others with Apple Watch. Apple has really dropped the ball with their podcast player and lack of features and transfer of files. This app was an answer to my prayers. It does it all; stable, simple to use, send to watch or leave on phone, and customize to taste.
You guys have put a great deal of thought into this player. And it shows. Rarely do I come across an app that is so outstanding. Thank you all so much.
It’s great! 5/5
Seriously; I love it!!
Tremendous app super easy to understand and have never had one problem with it!
I recommend this to anyone who listens to podcasts.
Love this ap! Easy to use and reliable!!!
Excellent Podcast app 5/5
Far better and easier to use than the Apple podcast app. Also works very well with Apple Play. Very simple well designed easy to understand user interface. Very pleased with this app.
Sync with Apple Watch 1/5
By Kit Hale
App won't sync with Apple Watch to play podcast offline. I paid for a premium account. I want my money back.
Best iPhone podcast app but still has issues 4/5
Far better than Apple’s podcast app but there are still issues. Many times podcasts partially download or won’t download at all forcing you to delete and redownload the episode multiple times. Sometimes the audio will cut out or stop playing. Usually quitting the app and restarting fixes that. I’m assuming the app is tied to iOS’s poor handling of audio so not really the fault of the dev.
Made with care 5/5
By Boon Chi Chi
With an excellent interface and updates this is the app I would recommend to anyone who is interested in listening to podcasts. And the paid version is worth it and then some. Gotta love that dark theme.
Works great, 5/5
Free version works fine and seems to have all the stuff I want
Always loved, crashing more now 5/5
By Nyt readerDC
Have loved this app for a long time. A must for a power listener. But it now crashes more frequently than it ever did. Please fix.
Watch app features 2/5
I used to love being able to play podcasts on my Apple Watch speaker. I wish the app still had that feature. Without it, the Watch app is basically useless unless you pay a bunch of money for Bluetooth headphones. Even if I had Bluetooth headphones, it would still be a problem because I want to listen to podcasts while in the shower or relaxing in a pool and the Bluetooth headphones offered by Apple aren’t waterproof
Simply the best podcast app 5/5
By Amin Sabet
Simple, works perfectly, fully featured without being confusing.
I’ve tried all the podcast apps, and this one is the best, IMO.
Icing on the cake is that Premium is just $10 per year and let’s me remove the ads (which weren’t bad at all in the first place).
iOS app is great watchOS is not 2/5
By raymond cavalcante
While I’m a huge fan of the iOS app (absolutely worth the cost), I’ve found the watchOS app to be mostly non-functional and annoying. For reference I’m on a Series 3 watch with only wi-fi.
I frequently tap pause or the advance button with no response. The interface suffers from severe latency, specifically when swiping between the three panes.
Oddly, the app seems to default to the playing pane rather than the first pane, which is frustrating given how laggy the pane swiping can be.
Syncing to the watch is incredibly slow, and could benefit from an explicit sync function. I frequently go to listen to podcasts putatively on my watch while away from my phone only to find nothing transferred.
I often find myself circumventing the Overcast interface for the watchOS Now Playing interface to pause or advance as I’m listening; it’s much more responsive.
That said, Overcast still beats the Apple Podcast app.
UI After Update Problem 1/5
You now have to enter each individual podcast to download it. Before you could hit the icon where the play button is directly from the list. This just multiplied the time it takes to do something simple.
Better than Pocket Casts 5/5
Was a Pocket Casts user for years until they broke everything great about the app. Overcast is surprisingly better than Pocket Casts. Just wish it had (official) Sonos support, but it’s amazing nonetheless.