I did love this app but it has been continuously crashing.
Fantastic except for auto-downloads 4/5
Everything about this app is fantastic except for the fact that my podcasts don’t auto-download new episodes for playback when I’m offline. I’m not sure if it’s a bug or something I’m doing, but it’s a really frustrating issue.
Review Ted talk 5/5
Great variety of subjects
Was great until this latest update! 3/5
I was a diehard user of Overcast, and switched over to Castbox to try something new. And loved it! It was working great, and i even subscribed because i listen to way more than 100 podcasts. However, with this latest update, the app barely works! I’m so disappointed! It crashes constantly or freezes up as soon as i switch away from the app.
Developers, i hope you can come up with a fix soon! I don’t want to have to leave my favorite app!
Laggy after latest update 3/5
Could you please fix this?
Don’t ruin your app 2/5
My old, 5-star review was titled, “love it.” I moved over to Castbox from Stitcher about a year ago, and at first I really loved it...even when it was often buggy.
Unfortunately, you’re now ruining the app by making it not a podcast player, but a “community engagement tool.” I’m sure the marketing department has said engagement is how to keep people in the app, but what it’s really doing is creating yet another space for trolling, fighting, meanness and all out hatred. NO ONE WANTS THIS ON A PODCAST PLAYER. You don’t need to be Facebook.
Pushing “community”, by placing user comment pop-ups over the listener controls means I can’t even ignore what Angry Bill has to say about politics (on non-political shows even!). Stop this! You are part of the problem by trying to push this user engagement crap. It’s not about free speech or banning users or deleting comments or even giving users the ability to block people - YOU’RE A PODCAST PLAYER SO KEEP OUT OF THIS WHOLE ARENA AND JUST MAKE YOUR PLAYER THE BEST PLATFORM FOR LISTENING TO PODCASTS!
I like it but.... 5/5
How come there’s not a iPad version??
Best third party app, but not good enough 3/5
I want to like Castbox. I really do. It has pretty much all of the features I’d want, especially the ability to place episodes in the download queue to wait for WiFi, and the ability to search for specific episodes within a podcast. It’s the best of all the third party podcast players I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot. But at the end of the day, I don’t enjoy using the app, and I’m switching back to Apple. Here’s why:
The UI is way too cluttered. I appreciate Apple’s clean layout and find it easier to navigate and look at. Zen mode only added to the problem. A cool idea in itself, but it should be moved away from the Library page to somewhere less intrusive.
Speaking of Zen mode, it’s virtually useless to me as a stream-only feature. If I could download, I’d use it.
The episode artwork for some podcasts is just nondescript, general photos of nature or whatever else. I have to tap on the episode to see what show it’s from and whether I want to download. Using the podcast’s main artwork instead would eliminate this problem for me.
The app has crashed 3-4 times in the past week or so.
I love Apple’s stations feature. No other player I’ve tried has it. Playlists are ok, but they require more manual sorting. The ability to automatically have new episodes from all my favorites in one list, downloaded and ready to go, is a huge plus for me.
The ads on the now playing screen aren’t a big deal for me, but they do take away from the listening experience. Definitely better than having them take up static space on another page, but combined with the issues listed above, made me enjoy the app even less.
I realize this review includes a lot of my personal preferences. Listening to podcasts can be a highly personal experience. I don’t envy the developer’s job in balancing these things. Castbox has a lot of great features, but I think the app would greatly benefit from design and stability improvements. I’d suggest taking a step back to focus on those things. In the meantime, I’ll keep Castbox on my phone and see what future updates may bring. Apple definitely isn’t perfect either, but I’d give it 4 stars. Can Castbox beat that?
There is hope...but needs improvements 5/5
I am unable to rewind 30 seconds via Bluetooth. I’m usually listening to podcasts in my car and sometimes I miss something or need to relisten to make sure I understood what I just heard. I try not to touch my phone while driving but sometimes I have to because of this issue.
Other than that, I pay for the premium podcast player and am a fan. I have even recommended this app to friends and family.
Please fix this bug!
I was contacted by the developer and there will be a fix in the next update. I look forward to this fix! Thank you for reaching out Teresa, it does mean a lot.
I updated the app as requested by the developers and glad to report that I am able to rewind and forward without any issues!! Thank you for following through on this issue and resolving!!
Never auto downloads episodes in background 1/5
Now I remember why I stopped using this app a year ago. Every time I open Castbox, THEN it starts “auto” downloading episodes. Background app refresh is enabled so why doesn’t this app have episodes downloaded and ready to go every time I open the app?
It’s overall great I’ve had no issues and it’s a Maher plus that I can download podcasts for free and it’s just great
Better Than The Rest!!! 5/5
Simply thee best podcasting app I have ever used. Love how user friendly it is and the user interface is mind blowingly simple. Love everything about it. Love me some Castbox🙌🏾
Used to be great! Then Ads it broke 2/5
I loved this app. 3 things I think would make it great again.
1. Fix the glitch where if I pull it up, after having my phone closed that it doesn't crash the app and need to restart
2. Ads, I get it money is good, but please allow the user to adjust the speed or see the podcast they are listening to for 5 seconds before making the ad come back. Currently as soon as I take my finger off the speed eg. 1.8x it pulls it back up. Just makes me upset - with the ad and with you guys. Which shouldn't be happening.
3.Allow for more options with saving the Playlists (more than 10)/and 'Favorite' (otherwise I love the way that it saves the fact that it's a favorite, but doesn't require me to have the episode saved on my phone).
By hesam de
Perfekt castbox 👍👍👍
Set the speed of playing 5/5
Thank you for your very good application.
All of the things is excellent
Castbox is my best friend in my loneliness.
Thank you very much
Great other than download management 4/5
Having used various podcast apps extensively over the last decade, I can now say with certainly that this is my favorite one. Presentation, features, and organization are top tier. That said, I do have one suggestion.
When it comes to deleting downloaded episodes, one cannot do it from the main podcast section, you have to go to the “downloads” section and delete everything from there. This obviously isn’t a deal-breaker, but it is inconvenient and the only area where Castbox doesn’t outdo the competition. I don’t have any other reason to go into “downloads”, so my stock builds up for a week or two until I run out of space and am forced to cull the herd en masse.
If the app was updated such that you can delete downloads from the same area you can mark them as “played”, this would bump it up to 5 stars.
Task Center and location 5/5
I can't access to task center and change my location to Iran. How can I do it?
Stories of Mahabharata 5/5
Amazing story telling by Sudipta Bhaumik. I have watched Mahabharata on TV. But this was a totally different experience and unique. I like some of the stories which I haven't seen on TV. This is my everyday routine during walk.
What have you done?!!? 1/5
Has begun crashing constantly - frustrating, unpredictable - might have to switch - used to think it was great
Love the application 5/5
By Walden Fernandes
This application has all the podcasts I ever wanted and the paid podcasts are not bad for the price.
How do you get this to work? 1/5
One of the most confusing apps I’ve ever used. Your subscribed pods aren’t favorites. Your subscriptions are not easily available
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