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Mar, 2021


Mar, 2021



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 for more info about the web and other platforms supported by Pocket Casts.

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BELIEVE the negative reviews!
JJJ754 on 2021-04-15
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than these developers. That may seem harsh, but it’s the truth. They love to take your money and give you nothing back for it. “You paid us money for the app when we promised no subscriptions or freemiums? Hah, thanks for the dough, sucker, we’re going free and not even giving you a trial of our now locked behind a paywall features!” Ethical developers have always grandfathered in purchasers of their apps when the go subscription, but these guys failed ethics in college. Just look at how many disgruntled customers they responded to, if you don’t believe me. I.E, NONE of them. Now, as for the app itself, it’s a miracle if it plays the full podcast. If it works on CarPlay, it’s another miracle! If the audio doesn’t constantly cut out, holy cow, call the Pope because this app is only four miracles away from sainthood! Maybe they’ve locked usability behind the paywall, as well. To summarize, don’t use this. Don’t even gaze in its direction. And especially don’t give these shady thieves a dollar of your money. You could spend it much better on a cheeseburger, thumb tacks, an empty cardboard box, or just by burning it and blowing the ashes in the wind.
Great podcatcher app, one big flaw
Monica00000 on 2021-04-15
I love Pocket Casts. Sick of how buggy and confusing the proprietary Apple podcast app is, I switched to Pocket Casts over a year ago and haven’t looked back. The UI is much cleaner and easier to navigate. My one complaint is that the search feature is very basic and only searches for whole podcasts rather than podcast episodes. (So for example, let’s say I want to listen to a podcast episode about the infamous Dyatlov Pass incident; searching “Dyatlov Pass” wouldn’t yield episodes about Dyatlov Pass from various podcasts, it would only yield podcasts whose name happens to be similar to or contain the words “Dyatlov Pass”.) That’s a real shame because the one good thing about the proprietary Apple podcast app was that I liked using the search feature to search for some niche subject I was interested in, and I would discover new podcasts by listening to their episode about the thing I wanted to hear about. On Pocket Casts, I just have to just kind of browse their discover page and hope that I find some podcast that happens to have some episodes that interest me.
Love this app!
TM2Bee on 2021-04-15
I wasn't going to write a review today but after reading the version notes and seeing what a great sense of humor the writer has I just felt like I should. The thing that made me love Pocket Casts is that I can use the app and then my computer browser and this SERVICE actually keeps my podcasts updated and I can pick up where I left off while saving phone battery too. That is the whole reason I use it. I tried *many* different platforms, all the big names, that made that claim and I'm sorry to say they lie. To me that was worth the $10. PER YEAR PEOPLE. Not per month....per YEAR! Some of you spend more on coffee in a day than that. So idk, go without that extra coffee for 2 days and you've covered the whole year pretty much.
Love it!
grievedghost on 2021-04-15
I’ve tried several podcast apps (I’m a relatively light user, dedicatedly following a few particular podcasts and dabbling in others occasionally) and have found this one to the the most intuitively user friendly of them all. The features are really straightforward and well-placed/organized, with just the right degree of customization for a tailored experience. In particular, I love the “Archive” feature as a way to manage episodes, and have had no trouble managing my “up next” listens as with other apps.
A lot of good but one huge flaw
Review Nickname Jack on 2021-04-15
I’ve used pocket casts several hours a day for years. I have a premium subscription. This is probably the best standalone podcast player. But you can’t make playlists: you can only make one giant unorganized “up next” list. If they don’t implement playlists, I see no reason not to switch to Spotify which I already pay for. I would prefer to keep Podcasts and music separate but playlists are more important and their absence is incredibly frustrating.
Loving it, just could use a little search upgrade
B.O'Connor on 2021-04-15
I really appreciate this app, *especially* that it doesn’t play this Apple move of auto-downloading so, so many podcasts after so, so many times telling it not to. But their search feature is next to none it seems—would you all be able to upgrade the search a bit? I’d be willing to pay a buck a month for this app, for ex., if you not sure if that means an upgrade option (not sure if there is one), but just my two cents...
Glitchy and unable to use
Appjunkie25 on 2021-04-15
I really enjoyed using this app until recently. Now frequently, I’ll start a podcast and the sound is messed up. It sounds like staticky chipmunks talking. To the point where you can’t understand the words. I’ve deleted and reinstalled to no avail. It’ll work fine for a couple of hours and then becomes unusable. Too bad really as I’ve always enjoyed it before now.
Need to group podcasts
Loved one inside on 2021-04-15
This is a terrific player... I'm glad I found this. Still, I'd very much like the ability to have sub folders or groups with the drag a drop ability. I've collected too many podcasts and I need the ability to group. For example: comedy, news, humor, tech, hobbies, travel and the like. I would gladly pay for the pro version of it added this feature.
Speeds go wild
mlpotter82 on 2021-04-15
I’ve loved this app for years but over the past week the app has just changed the speed mid-podcast. At first I thought maybe it happened in my pocket which was weird because my screen was off and I have to enter a pass code to open my phone and get to that control. Then today it happened while my phone was sitting on a table untouched. Please fix this!
Back to 5 stars
Mrlncredible on 2021-04-15
I reviewed this yesterday thinking something was wrong with the functionality of the app. Turns out something is wrong with the functionality of my head. The queue limit updated to only 10 and I didn’t catch that (not sure if new feature but I didn’t change anything). Anyways app is perfect again clean slick and does everything I want and need.

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