Sayonara Podcasts, hello Overcast app

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by aaronvan, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    República Cascadia
    After all the hair-pulling, teeth-clenching, wall-punching problems I've experienced with iTunes and the Podcasts app, I am thrilled that I discovered Overcast, a much better podcast player from Overcast, LLP.

    I love the variable playback speed, the non-synching with hideous iTunes, and the ability to create multiple playlists. BTW, I am not the developer nor do I have anything to do with this company. It's just the first time I've been impelled by sheer awesomeness to sing praises about an app. That, and the coffee. :D
  2. fuchsdh macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2014
    As someone who regularly listens to Daring Fireball, ATP, The Incomparable, et al, I downloaded Overcast and gave it a shot. I'm not sure yet on it (I've also downloaded Mocast, which coincidentally came out the same time as Overcast.)

    Both applications are solid; Overcast has the advantage of the free app + trial for its features so you can see if they're for you.

    I can't say either app appeals to me. It's a pain to resub to everything I have in iTunes, and my only issue with the podcasts application is inconsistent syncing (which while not totally fixed, is at least not requiring me to delete all these attempts at downloading what I've already listened to.)
  3. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    I've been using DownCast for ages, it works like a charm but is a paid app.
  4. sk1wbw Suspended


    May 28, 2011
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Overcast is getting so much press these days. Can anyone name an app that won't work over a 3G/LTE cellular signal unless you pay for it? Can you say rip off?
  5. kerr macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
  6. Bob Sanders macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2011
    The paid podcast apps prevent all downloads without paying. Downcast, Instacast, etc.

    The developer of Overcast considers this basically a free trial. He's not in business to give full-featured software away for free.

    The $5 is absolutely mandatory anyway, Smart Speed is the best feature in Overcast and it's not even close.
  7. WordsmithMR macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2015
    I have to chime in... It's a year later since this post was started and Overcast is by far the best podcasting app. It is amazing how Smart Speed doesn't make my ears bleed... I can listen to podcasts in 2x speed and understand it and not feel like I am listening to a cartoon. In the past 2 months I have saved 13 hours of time with the Smart Speed feature (the app tells you!)... That is definitely well worth the $5. I definitely recommend it. Even if you don't want to fork over the $5 right from the start, the layout is definitely better than the free Apple Podcast app.

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