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Description of App: 

Download and listen to your favorite podcasts directly from your iOS device without the need to sync with iTunes. "Downcast Is the Best Podcast Downloader and Player for iPhone" - Lifehacker "Downcast: Probably The Best Podcast Downloader for iPad and iPhone" - Wired Gadget Lab Subscription Features + Search, subscribe to and download audio and video podcasts of any size + Manually subscribe to podcasts via URL + Download podcasts automatically (including resuming downloads) + Continue podcast downloads in background (per iOS restrictions) + Browse and download older podcast episodes + Auto-update podcast feeds based on schedule or location + Settings for auto-download and episode retention (globally and per-podcast) + Import and export podcast feeds via OMPL + Support for password-protected feeds + Create and edit "smart" playlists + View podcast details and episode show notes + Rename podcasts with long or unwieldy names iCloud Syncing + Sync podcast subscriptions, playlists, settings and episode information with other iOS devices via iCloud Playback Features + Video and audio AirPlay support + Play audio in the background (for supported devices) + .5x, 1x, 1.5x, 2x and 3x speed playback* + Chapters support for enhanced podcasts + Stream episodes without downloading + Control audio with Bluetooth or other headphone remote controls + View embedded images in podcast episodes + Gesture support + Sleep timer ----------------------------------------- If you encounter a bug or have a feature request please send an email to or contact us on Twitter @DowncastApp. Thanks! * See the following Help article for an explanation of play speeds:

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Accessibility Comments: 

This app is fully accessible with VoiceOver. All buttons are clearly labelled, there are appropriate hints, and the interface is intuitive and easy to use.

Having used nearly every other podcast app that is available, this is now my favorite. Unlike some of those other apps, VoiceOver support does not appear like it was an afterthought. Nor does it get in the way of the basic usability of the app (I like iCatcher!, but I do find myself a little frustrated at how the elements and controls added to make it accessible actually impact a little on the user experience).

All of the features of Downcast are accessible. I particularly like the fact that podcasts with unplayed episodes are grouped at the top of your list of subscribed podcasts. This makes it much quicker and easier to keep track of new episodes (although you can also use the app's playlist feature to do this).

Downcast appears to offer the best of both worlds - a very good set of features, along with full support of VoiceOver. Highly recommended.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

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