Hi, I used to use the podcasts app on my phone on the basic ios app but thats annoying. I paid for downcast and its annoying because i have to email the opml files to myself. but it does do as advertized once you figure it out. I prefer to stream my podcasts rather than download them to my phone due to space. Is there an app that i can shut off all downloads and just stream my podcasts and it will auto sync my subscriptions via say icloud or itunes? or does apple kinda hold the strings on using there app only? I like chapter devided podcasts sometimes and so, would like something like overcast but don't want to spend more money. more or less i want a streaming app with a list of favorite podcasts for those of us with smaller iphones because believe it or not the 32 gb iphone is now like being the owner of a 16 gb back in the days of those. Is it just me, or are apps and the os getting majorly out of hand in size?
Apple podcasts can stream instead of download
I use the Apple podcasts app too. I am subscribed to over 600 podcasts so while I did think about switching to a different app, I doubt it will happen. But with Apple podcasts and almost every other app I have seen, they do allow you to stream them instead of downloading if you set the settings right. So for Apple podcasts, go to your settings app, podcasts, and then there is a heading called podcast downloads. Go to that, then choose never. That will allow it to stream them instead of automatically downloading them and taking up tons of space on your phone. Hope that helps.
Overcast is Free
Overcast is free, and it allows streaming. You just have to change it in the settings screen.
Downcast can stream also
I believe you can also stream podcasts with Downcast also. There is a global setting which wil apply to all podcast plus you can set this behavior on a podcast by podcast basis.