Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts

By Automattic

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2011-01-26
  • Current Version: 7.34
  • Adult Rating: 9+
  • File Size: 100.46 MB
  • Developer: Automattic
  • Compatibility: iOS 15.0+
Score: 4.13
From 3,831 Ratings


Pocket Casts is the world's most powerful podcast platform, an app by listeners, for listeners.Our podcast player provides next-level listening, search and discovery tools. Find your next obsession with our hand curated podcast recommendations for easy discovery, and seamlessly enjoy your favorite shows without the hassle of subscribing. Here's what the press has to say: Wired: "Pocket Casts Is the Podcast App Every iPhone User Needs" iMore: "Pocket Casts is the best podcast app for iPhone" With a unique set of simple yet powerful features and a limitless podcast database, you're sure to find something you love. WE SWEAT THE DETAILS Design: Easily listen to, manage and find new podcasts. Themes: Whether you're a dark or light theme person we've got you covered. We even have you OLED lovers covered with our Extra Dark theme. Universal: Custom but familiar iPad interface, supporting Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture. Everywhere: CarPlay, AirPlay, Chromecast and Sonos. Listen to your podcasts in more places than ever before. POWERFUL PLAYBACK Up next: Automatically build a playback queue from your favorite shows. Sign in and have that Up Next queue sync to all your devices. Trim silence: Cut silences from episodes so you finish them faster, saving hours. Variable speed: Change the play speed from anywhere between 0.5 to 3x. Volume boost: Increase the volume of voices, while decreasing background noise. Stream: Play episodes on the fly. Chapters: Jump between chapters easily, and enjoy embedded artwork that the author has added (we support MP3 and M4A chapter formats). Audio & video: Play all of your favorite episodes, toggle video to audio. Skip playback: Skip episode intros, jump through episodes with custom skip intervals. Apple Watch: Control playback from our Apple Watch app, adjust the volume or change playback effects, all without ever touching your phone. Sleep timer: We'll pause your episode so you can rest your weary head. Airplay & Chromecast: Send episodes straight to your TV or speakers with a single tap. Sonos: Browse and play your podcast collection directly from the Sonos app. CarPlay: When you're in the car, so are we. SMART TOOLS Sync: Subscriptions, Up Next, listening history, playback and filters are all securely stored in the cloud. You can pick up where you left off on another device and even the web. Refresh: Let our servers check for new episodes, so you can get on with your day. Notifications: We'll let you know when new episodes arrive, if you like. Auto download: Automatically download episodes for offline playback. Filters: Custom filters will organize your episodes. Storage: All the tools you need to keep your podcasts tamed. ALL YOUR FAVORITES Discover: Subscribe to any podcast in iTunes and more. Browse by charts, networks and categories. Share: Spread the word with podcast and episode sharing. OPML: Jump on board without any hassle with OPML import. Export your collection at any time. There are many more powerful, straight-forward features that make Pocket Casts the perfect podcasting app for you. So what are you waiting for? Visit pocketcasts.com for more info about the web and other platforms supported by Pocket Casts.


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Best Podcast App

I gave this app a try despite the low ratings and now it’s my go to podcast app. The features are great and the Apple Watch app is the absolute best hands down.
By LCaesar23

Frustrating playback bugs

I’ve been using the app for around 4 months and I’ve finally gotten tired of its bugs and will be moving to another app. I like the organization of the app and the basic functionality, but every so often (maybe once every one or two podcasts), the player will randomly skip backwards or forwards for no apparent reason. I figured this was due to a feature called “intelligent playback resumption” where, after coming back to a podcast, it will start playing from a few seconds before when you left off. After disabling this in settings, the issue was improved, but not fixed.
By tomisnotabot

Could be really great.

It’s a potentially great app with a few frustrating issues for me: 1) Watch sync doesn’t work reliably. I’ll often go for a jog without my iPhone and whatever I’m listening to from the Watch app just stops part-way through. 2) The search mechanism doesn’t hit the major podcast directories, which makes it necessary more often than it should be to manually add podcasts. How about searching on Apple’s directory as a fallback option if no results come back from the Pocket Casts directory search? 3) Downloaded episodes from podcasts that I’m not subscribed to go into a weird ‘Downloads’ junk drawer that contains all downloaded episodes from both subscribed and not-subscribed podcasts, which makes it very hard to find random episodes that I downloaded.
By hybrid_racer

Decent app, still with faults

I have sampled quite a few pod catchers and many of them have been border line unusable. This app is decent, but I have had many consistent issues regardless. I would say almost half of my episodes contain skips and replays of sections that are screwed up from bad ad insertion. A lot of these skips result in the end of episode getting completely cut off before its real ending. While this app does at least have the option to use chromecast (so many do not), there are still a lot of bugs when using this feature. And there are pretty frequent playback issues that prevent access.
By Kqcallahan

Erratic slow download speeds

Frustratingly takes ages to download episodes even on a high speed connection. Wasn’t always the case so I don’t know what they e changed but it’s becoming a big issue for me.
By Druid35789

Better than the built-in Podcasts app!

When Apple's Podcasts app started randomly changing my playback and sync settings, I downloaded all the free podcast apps. This is the best one by far! Beautiful, intuitive, clean interface, smooth playback, and great widget and lockscreen player ❤️
By lizyjane

Easiest To Use

This is the best pod catcher I’ve found in terms of ease of use and visual ease. I’m very happy with it.
By UnashamedCatLady

Great product

Been using pocket cast for a few years. Best podcast app I’ve ever used.
By Rhmaddox

Really great app. I’ve got a functionality request.

develop custom queue “playlist” functionality User could create either a “smart queue” with specific podcasts (both at an episodic level & podcast header) OR The user could create custom queues that are saved to be accessed later. For instance; a user could have a “comedy queue” where they assign certain podcasts (either all or only new episodes) Another example is “news queue”, “sleep queue”, The smart queues could have functionality that excludes/filters out explicit content if the user so desires. Long stretch goals: 1) autoname the queue with common descriptions of the shows added (like iPhone does when you combine apps into a folder) 2) SHARING! Imagine President Obama, in addition to setting out his annual best songs of the year as a Spotify list, also sharing out a podcast list, where he has curated custom episodes or just custom, combined feeds of different podcasts. The goal of this would be that one wouldn’t have to create a queue with some 13 episodes to sleep to, then have to clear the up next queue, witch podcasts, and scroll back to where I was when I switch to daytime /comedy. In addition, if I’m listening to podcasts with companions (like smodcast & TESD used to be) and I could have a smart queue that would organize by date released if I asked it to.
By ConsumedAgain

Missing key features

(As of 7.33.1) STILL cannot exclude Starred episodes in filters.
By Three5Nines

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