Podcast App survey

iOS & iPadOS

Hello everyone. The latest IOS update has really done a number on the native podcasts app. I’m really growing to hate the redesign, from the difficulty in removing podcasts quickly, to defaulting to a recommendations screen that I’m not interested in.
I wanted to get an idea of what podcast apps people are using and enjoy.



Submitted by Pyro2790 on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

I have always used Overcast and can't recommend it highly enough. It's accessible with VoiceOver on IOS and does everything I would expect out of a podcast app.

Submitted by Dave Nason on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Overcast for me too. Beautiful and easy to use design, and great with VoiceOver.
Shout out for Downcast too, which I used for a long time, but Overcast is my favourite.

Submitted by Mike Taylor on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Castro is great. They do have an annual subscription which I am happy to pay for the advanced features but you can use the free version and still get a lot from the app.

Submitted by Skippy on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

I love Overcast, & plan to use it for the foreseeable future!

Submitted by Skippy on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

I love Overcast, & plan to use it for the foreseeable future!

Submitted by Ryder on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Downcast for me. For some crazy reason I don’t like Overcast. Downcast fit all my specs for a podcast app.

Submitted by al-Salil on Thursday, May 20, 2021

I also prefer Downcast.
I've also used Overcast and still have it on my phone.
I like it but it annoys me that I can't find top podcasts in my region.
Downcast have this feature and I also like the Downcast UI but the same goes for Overcast.
I guess I would move to Overcast if it could display top lists of podcasts in my region.

Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Friday, May 21, 2021

I use so many. I use Overcast and downcast like a lot of people who have made comments. I also use Castro, and Downcast as well. But, that's not all I use. I have about 23 apps that I use for podcasts. I use: Downcast, Overcast, Castro, Apple's Podcasts app, Spreaker, Cosmicast, Castbox, RSS radio, Google podcasts, Pocket casts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Icatcher, Castaway, UCast, HiCast, RSSPod, and I also use 2 apps that are called, Podcasts App, and Podcast App. I also use Luminary and Wondery. All of these apps vary in price and accessibility. Some of these, you can find in the AppleVis app directory for IOS. Another thing I suggest you check out, if you use a service like Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, or Amazon Music, is if they have any of the podcasts that you like listening to.Al, check out Iheart Radio, and see if they have any of the podcasts you like. Hope this helps!

Submitted by Khushi on Friday, May 21, 2021

I love how accessible it is, easy to use and simple design with no clutter. I also love the ability to add a URL. which means that if I can't find something on overcast but on apple podcasts I can just coppy the URL and add it to my overcast feed.

Submitted by Yvonnezed on Saturday, May 22, 2021

Right now I'm using iCatcher! You do need to pay for it up front, but the features I like are being easily able to keep and export downloaded podcasts, and being able to import your own files without a subscription.
I've used apple podcasts before this, and overcast before that.

Submitted by Fatima.Hamoud10 on Saturday, May 22, 2021

I use the Apple podcasts app. I am happy with the new redesign. I also like how Apple added the categories in the search tab. It's similar to the way you search for songs, artists and albums in Apple music and on Spotify.

Submitted by kg6sxy on Saturday, May 22, 2021

I used to use Overcast for a long time until the sound kept glitching and the only way to correct it was to force quit and restart. I switched to PocketCasts years ago and it works great with VoiceOver and Siri Shortcuts. The developers have been really responsive to bug reports and feature enhancements.

Submitted by Clare Page on Saturday, May 22, 2021

After years of using the Apple Podcasts app, I started using Castro at the beginning of this year: it's so easy to customise, including clearing podcasts I don't want to listen to, queuing up the ones I do want to hear, and so on, that I now use it 99 % of the time. I still use Apple Podcasts occasionally, but I find Castro much better: I have never tried any other podcast apps on IOS, but it's good to have so much choice, judging from the posts before mine in this thread.

Submitted by That Blind Canuck on Saturday, May 22, 2021

I used to love using Downcast, but sice getting an odd audio bug when listening to podcasts with my 2nd generation AirPods and with my AirPods Pro, I switched over to Overcast and love it. Been meaning to check out recent versions of Castro, as I did check it out back when Jonathan Mosen was singing its praises, but wasn't too crazy about it then, but thought I'd give it a second chance.

Submitted by Niall Gallagher on Sunday, May 23, 2021

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

I have tried almost all of the podcast apps mentioned in prior comments, but I keep coming back to Overcast again and again.
While I wish it would borrow a feature or two from Pocket Cast and Castro, it's accessibility, performance and ease of use just put it ahead of the competition in my opinion.

Submitted by DPinWI on Sunday, May 23, 2021

I have tried several different podcatchers, but always come back to iCatcher. It's full featured, fast, reliable, and has a very responsive developer.

Submitted by Nose 2019 on Sunday, May 23, 2021

Hello this is Danielle Stevens and I used several different podcasts at including overcast and I also like the Apple Music podcast app as well I like the fact that they are very simple to use I also have over a test as well as I also use the iHeartRadio app because they have podcasts on there on there platform as well so there are many different podcasts you can you podcast app you can use other than just

I have been using Downcast for a long time now and find it really accessible with lots of features and customizations.

The one thing it has been missing for a long time is the ability to easily create playlists. If they included playlists it would be the perfect app.

Hopefully the developer will get around to that some day!