I spend a lot of time in my car. And I need something to take my thoughts off the mind numbingly boring drive I have to make every day...so naturally, I turned to podcasts. Not only do I host and produce a podcast for Silicon Theory, but I do enjoy and listen to others as well. I originally got into the format using my loaner iPhone and though the podcasts app for iOS is fine, its not nearly as robust and fully featured as you might expect in a product from Apple. So I went on the search for something that would 1) work on the Android platform 2) have a few more perks than what I'd been using. And after a bit of searching (and lurking on message boards in various places) I came across the app Pocketcasts. And I couldn't be happier I did.
|My custom playlist|
|My Up Next list|
Once you are ready to play, you have options to either stream or download by default, which is great for those who are conscious of their data usage. You can add multiple podcast episodes to the queue of "Up Next" making it easy to create a custom playlist to keep the audio going for as long as you want to. The player has a mini strip on the bottom that displays the icons of what's up next, and you can scroll thru it at a glance to check what's on your list right without leaving the play screen.
|The player UI|
The discover tab is a great way to get you started in the wonderful world of podcasting. Featured pods are shown up front, or you can search trending - top - nearby - networks - or categories. Or you can always just search for a keyword. Shifty Jelly (the makers of PocketCasts) clearly enjoy the work they do on this app, and it shows. Their timely updates always contain a bit of humor with the useful information and who can't use a bit more comic relief in their life? For all these reasons, I love PocketCasts and paid for the app. You should too.
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