How to download podcasts and listen to them on Android or iOS

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Best apps for Podcasts

Pocket Casts ($4)

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As you might have deduced by now, Pocket Casts is an inexpensive app that’s available on most platforms. In addition to its library of more than 200,000 podcasts, the app is fairly simple to use and presents information with a clean design. In addition to the core features, Pocket Casts offers an array of additional functions designed make life easier. There are notifications to alert users if a podcast they subscribe to has new episodes, voice balance to ensure that all the speakers on a show sound about the same, and playback speed for those who want to blitz through their daily playlist. Users can also stream episodes rather than download them, saving storage space. At $4, Pocket Casts is one of the more expensive podcatchers around, but it’s well worth the cost.

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Overcast (Free/$10)

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Committed iOS users may find Overcast to be their best option for podcast listening. Designed purely for iOS, Overcast has a minimalist interface that suits Apple’s design philosophy. Like Pocket Casts, this app has features such as customizable playlists, voice normalizing, and variable playback speeds, so users can listen to podcasts the way they want. There is also a sleep timer, so users can listen to a podcast as they fall asleep. Overcast’s library of podcasts is extensive, and discovering new programs is easy. The app is also designed to work on Apple Watch, making it one of the most versatile podcatchers for Apple fans. The ad supported version of the app is free. If you opt for the Premium ad free version, it will cost you $10 per year.

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Stitcher Radio (Free)

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Though likely the biggest name in podcast apps, Stitcher is not quite as robust as apps like Overcast. The app provides the basic features users need in a podcatcher, such as the ability to subscribe and make playlists, but it lacks quality-of-life features like sleep timers. The app can also be a bit buggy, meaning it’s prone to long load times, crashing, and the like. It’s free, too, though the app has ads as a result. Stitcher is fine for those who just want a free way to collect podcasts, but those who can afford something like Pocket Casts or Overcast will likely still find the money well spent.

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Google Play Music

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Google just added podcast support into Google Play Music, and while it’s still in its early stages without as many features as apps like Pocket Casts, it eliminates the need to download another podcast app for most Android users. The app will contextually serve up a podcast, based on what you’re doing, what you’re interested in, or what you’re feeling. Of course, you can just search for your favorite podcast and hit subscribe — from there you can download the last few episodes, or turn on notifications for future episode releases.

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Google Play

Apple Podcasts app (Free)

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Believe it or not, but Apple fans don’t have to look far for a capable podcatcher. The company’s native podcast app is already baked into iOS devices, allowing users to discover and subscribe to a range of different programming. Not surprisingly, the aptly titled Podcasts fits into Apple’s larger ecosystem and syncs with users’ iTunes accounts. If you subscribe to a podcast on iTunes, for instance, the app will recognize your choices. Unfortunately, the app can be annoying to navigate, which makes creating playlists and deleting episodes a hassle. It’s sufficient for simply downloading and listening to podcasts on an iPhone, but it cannot compare with the ease and utility of an app like Overcast. Fortunately, a slew of welcomed changes coming to Apple’s Podcasts app should make it a lot easier to use with iOS 11.

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