Podcasts are back with a vengeance and the show offering keeps growing. How you listen to those shows depends on your preferences. In this article, I therefore put together 4 great podcast apps for Android.
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The best podcast apps for Android: 4 great options
Podcasts have been around for years, but have recently been making a definitive comeback. You can listen to these ‘online radio broadcasts’ at any time and the subjects, narrative forms and insights vary enormously. From pleasant conversations that are actually about nothing, substantive interviews to high-quality listening series: nowadays there is a podcast for / about everywhere.
That kite also applies to the way you listen to those shows. There is no shortage of podcast apps. Plus, these programs do broadly the same thing – let you listen to shows, create and download playlists – so the differences are often subtle. In this article, we therefore put together 4 fine options that you will never ever miss the podcast shelf.
1. Pocket Casts
Pocket Casts is my favorite podcast app, mainly because it just works really well. The app uses RSS feeds and therefore you can find and listen to most shows effortlessly, the smart lists keep track of which podcasts you still have to listen to and new episodes are automatically downloaded, so you don’t have to worry about that either.
Moreover, you can of course save shows offline so you don’t need an internet connection. The sync mode is also ideal, because it allows Pocket Casts to remember where you left off listening. This works on multiple devices, so you can use the app on both your private and work phone, for example.
Pocket Casts – Podcast Player
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2. Podcast Addict
Podcast Addict started out as a pure podcast app, but in recent years has turned more into a kind of general audio app. In addition to nearly a million podcasts, you can also listen to tens of thousands of radio shows and audiobooks. All this is free, but you will see a small advertising banner at the bottom of the screen. This advertisement can be bought for a small amount.
Besides that you can of course listen to all kinds of audio, Podcast Addict also distinguishes itself in the field of customization, or adaptability in good Dutch. For example, you can automatically skip silences in shows, create playlists based on topic and give podcasts unique settings. For example, you can speed up an interview because the presenter talks somewhat slowly.
Xavier Guillemane – Podcast & Radio Addict
You may already use Spotify to listen to music, but for some time now, the music giant has also been investing heavily in podcasts. Not only did Spotify take over several podcast companies, such as Anchor and Gimlet Media, it also contracted major podcast stars for exclusive shows, including Joe Rogan and Michelle Obama.
The plus of Spotify as a podcast app is therefore obvious: exclusivity. Some podcasts can only be heard with them. Spotify is also experimenting with the future of the medium. For example, you can also watch Joe Rogan’s shows in video form via the app.
Spotify: Listen to new music and play podcasts
Stitcher uses large images to recommend podcasts and is therefore a nice visual app to listen to your podcasts. The app aims to recommend podcasts to you, which is useful for beginning listeners. However, the app can be used to subscribe to and listen to podcasts.
Once you listen to a podcast, Stitcher looks recognizable and works nice and smooth. Just like with the other apps, there is also a widget that allows you to control the playback of a podcast.
Stitcher – Podcast Player