Top 5 Best Podcast Apps for Android
Podcasts are basically an episodic audio shows that listeners can subscribe to or download to their devices. They a great way how to enjoy some good personalized entertainment when driving your car, cooking, or performing some routine task. The only downside is that they can be somewhat hard to keep track off. That’s why we have selected top 5 best podcast apps fro Android.
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Podcast Addict is by a large margin the most popular podcasts manager on the Play Store.
Its popularity is earned partially because it is a well-polished app that is a pleasure to use, and also because it does a lot beyond just simple podcast management. Podcast Addict can help you manage all your audio and video podcasts, radio channels you like to listen to, YouTube channels, and even RSS news feeds. All of this from a single app. That’s what I call a versatile functionality.
The feature list of this app is really, really long so you are better off reading it yourself on their Play Store page. Here are just some highlights:
- Android Wear notifications & controls (Android 4.3+ only)
- chromecast support
- standalone player (MP3, local files, streaming)
- automatic download
- variable playback speed, volume boost and skip silence (available for Android 4.1+)
- customizable widgets
- full app backup / restore
- lock screen widgets (Android 4.0+ only)
- sleep timer
- authenticated feeds (Premium podcasts)
- virtual podcasts (handle a folder content as a podcast)
- OPML import (iTunes, Google Reader, …)
- OPML export
- Full screen reading mode for RSS news feed
- Podcasts suggestions
And all of this is available for free. The only limitation of the free version of Podcast Addict is a small ad at the bottom of the screen. What a great app.
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Pocket Casts is a fantastic paid alternative to Podcast Addict. The player has received a Google Material Design Award, and it shows because the UI is intuitive and easy to use.
Pocket Casts allows you to change the playback speed of your podcasts from 0.5x to 3.0x, a really useful feature for language learners. Auto download ability lets you forget about manually downloading your favorite shows to your mobile device, and sync and backup supports between Android and iOS devices is a must have feature for those of us who have to use multiple devices for personal use and work.
Pocket Casts may not reach the capability of Podcast Addict, but when it comes to podcasts themselves – it simply rocks.
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BeyondPod is the last member of our 10,000+ downloads club for podcast managers. While it is a very usable and functional application, it somewhat lacks the high polish and well thought out user experience of our two previous apps.
One really compelling feature is a complete integration with Feedly. You can also easily import your Feedly subscriptions as well as synchronize read and starred posts between a PC and your phone.
Available for free with 7 day full feature trial, BeyondPod is worth a try – just don’t expect too much.
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Now it’s getting interesting again. DoggCatcher is the first of two underdogs featured on our list.
This podcast manager hits the mark in several key areas at once. It has a great looking material design interface, supports automation, has integrated audio and video player, and a very active development.
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AntennaPod is a simple alternative to previous podcast managers for people who seek only a basic functionality without any clutter.
The app is open-source and works on all Android devices version 2.3.3 or higher.
There is really not much to dislike, the app does what it sets out to do without any major flaws.