Best one yet...
Out of all the podcast players I’ve tried (there have been a lot!), this one is the most user friendly. I am an avid podcast listener and am subscribed to at least 50. Overcast accommodates all of them, even if the memory on my phone doesn’t! There are only a few complaints about Overcast’s functionality: the title page of each podcast may have a description but the app doesn’t allow you to see the entire text. It does allow you to read the details of each episode, unlike some of the others I’ve tried. Another non-feature that drives me nuts is if you back out of the screen your podcast is playing, you can’t go back to that podcast; instead you have to scroll through them all again, e.g., if I am listening to Casefile and want to look at descriptions of other podcasts, I can’t just go back to the Casefile podcast episode list. I have to return to the top and scroll back down the list to find Casefile again. At least they are in alphabetical order, not the order I added the podcast. I have to admit, that’s the most annoying non-feature I’ve discovered so far. Other than that, the sound is great, you can build a playlist and the forward/backward buttons are adjustable. If Overcast could fix these two little gripes I have, it could take over the podcast world!! *deep, maniacal laugh*. Seriously, if you’re looking for a convenient podcast player, this is it. Happy listening.
Good default podcast app replacement.
By mark potter
iOS 11 iRuined the podcast app, and I needed a replacement stat. To be honest this is the first app I downloaded, and I haven’t needed to download another.
The good - initial loading of my 20+ subscribed podcasts was quick and easy. Set the first playing in the playlist and it plays through until you hit stop or it runs out. I like having a running playlist of all of the current unplayed or partially played episodes, that I can quickly drag and prioritize my new dailies before my weeklies.
The bad - after the initial load, I can’t seem to browse new podcasts to add. I click a category, and the app freezes. It keeps playing what I was listening to, I can double click home to get out, but it’s not loading the search. I can kill it, go back, rinse repeat - same story. I presume it’s a bug from ios11, but it’s the one showstopper for me...
Feature wishes - prioritize new podcasts like the playlist; automatic subscription loading from default podcast app; a new type of discovery service - perhaps curated or within current categories - give me 5 or 10 minute chunks of the top 5 podcasts, or give me the top rated / top streamed pod? episode? from the top 5 channels within a category ... something that gives me enough to preview, but isn’t oppressive - add a subscribe now button to the GUI and I’m set; separate video podcast section to really blow through my gigs.
So close to perfect!
I love this app. It’s sleek; I appreciate the typeface used on the interface. It looks modern and is a welcome change from the same old font Apple uses for everything. Organization is clean and relatively intuitive once you get used to it. Definitely a WORTHY replacement for the stock Podcasts app, which I used for years before I found this gem.
My only problems with Overcast pertain to the Apple Watch app. There seems to be more of a delay when hitting pause or start, and sometimes the pause/start button doesn’t work at all, which is horrible when you need to have a conversation with someone, or you’re at a drive-thru, or when you need the sound to stop immediately for whatever reason. That button needs to work reliably. Second, it would be REALLY COOL if the Digital Crown could be used as a volume control, like in Apple’s “Now Playing” app. It’s really convenient, and would be the next best thing to a reliable pause control.
All that said, Overcast is vastly superior to the stock Podcasts app, and can still be controlled from Now Playing, provided the Overcast app is deleted from the Watch. One thing the Overcast Watch app has going for it is it’s MUCH prettier than Now Playing. It can certainly use some improvement, and I’m confident that will happen, because this is a GREAT app!
The Best I Ever Had
Like many regular consumers of podcasts, the recent Apple Podcast app update was a severe disappointment that sent me off on a quest to find a new player. Since then I’ve tried several different apps, but I can now say that, without a doubt, Overcast is the best free podcast app I’ve ever come across. I should have been using it from the start. While it’s organizing of episodes and shows is slightly less intuitive than the original Apple Podcast design, this minor default is more than made up for by Overcast’s excellent sound control options. I listen to a lot of very interesting shows that have mediocre audio quality, something that always got on my nerves in the past, but with Voice Boost and Smart Speed I can now listen to these podcasts better than ever before. Couple this with a much more precise audio speed adjustment (I like to fiddle with speed constantly while I’m catching up on old episodes) and Overcast seems like it was designed with precisely my needs in mind.
So, yeah, if you are also in the wilderness following the self-sabotaging atrocity that was Apple’s iOS 11 Podcast app update, the search is over. Overcast is, and apparently always was, the best free podcast player available. Enjoy it.
What I love about this app is how customizable and user friendly it is. You can pick different color schemes for the apps, get super particular about what order to display shows and episodes in your feed, create playlists (the main reason I got this app and deleted the regular “Podcasts” Apple app), etc. There are so many options without it becoming overwhelming so kudos to the creators!
My one gripe is that I wish the “Add Podcasts” section of the app would be updated more frequently. It seems like the suggested podcasts in the “most recommended” category or “comedy” category, or any of the other categories hardly ever change. It’s always the same list of podcasts with one or two new ones thrown in. This makes it difficult for me to find more podcasts and ultimately spend more time on the app. It would also be great to get suggestions for other podcasts that are similar to what I already listen to (ex: “if you liked x podcast, you might also like y podcast”). This app does not make easy to discover new podcasts/podcasts that are similar to the ones I already enjoy, and that’s the only way in which the Apple “podcasts” app is superior to this one.
Frustrating with iOS 11.
I’m on an iPhone 6, using iOS 11.4.1. This app used to be at least a 4 star app, but ever since iOS 11, the app is more frustration than fun. First, an ongoing issue even before iOS 11, is the amount of space it takes up. I’m finding I’m having to delete and re-download the app every month, because I’m finding it taking up nearly ten gigs of space, despite the fact that I have it set to stream podcasts, not download them. There seems to be no intuitive way to get it to stop downloading. Second, now with iOS 11, I’m having to open the app several times to get it to stay open. It’ll usually crash a couple of times first. Third, and the issue that frustrated me enough to write this review and look for a new player: I listen to podcasts for hours at a time at work, using headphones. Sometimes I’ll need to pause an episode to do some work or talk to someone, and I’ll pause it using the button on my headphones. When I press the button again to start it... nothing. I’ll try again a few times, nothing. I’ll have to stop what I’m doing, take my phone out of my pocket, unlock it, and restart overcast. Sometimes it’ll open and be frozen for fifteen seconds before it’ll start responding, sometimes it’ll just crash and I have to try again. This happens SO OFTEN that this app has basically become useless to me.
Almost perfect and so fun
I love podcasts. Writing a podcast app that stands out from other podcast apps, after podcast apps were mature, could not have been easy. I was not expecting to like this app. I already had a podcast app that was a favorite. But it is just such a pleasure to use Overcast! It has such a nice interface!
With this update, my long requested feature is now included. It supports TRUE AUTO PLAY. When you have several new podcasts to listen to in the app, and you stop listening after one was concluded, later, if you swipe up to the control center and tap the play button in the top right corner, whether it says Overcast (or even Apple Music) as long as the last thing you were listening to was Overcast, Overcast will resume playing when you tap the play button in the control panel. It will just start playing a new podcast that has been downloaded even though you never tapped to start that podcast from within Overcast!
The only thing remaining on my wishlist would be for it to play video podcasts. Aside from that, it’s great what it does and you should give it a try.
Love the app but it keeps constantly crashing and is unusable
I absolutely love the design and aesthetics of this app and the sound quality is also top notch. The Smart Speed and Audio Boost features are also quite nifty features that I’ve come to adore. The Smart Speed has been especially useful for speeding past “dead zones” in the audio where nothing is happening and its saved me lots of time to listen to other podcasts and what’s better, the audio does not get distorted when speeding it up, unlike other podcast apps where the audio gets pitched higher or becomes robotized when ou speed it up. Unfortunately though, as of late, the app constantly crashes whenever I use it, whether it be on my iPad Pro or my iPhone SE. The Overcast symbol can be seen in the background but after 10 or so seconds, it crashes back to the home screen and it does this again and again, ad infinitum. I’ve been installing all of the updates and trying everything, from clearing the cache of the device to uninstalling and reinstalling the app to little avail. When this app works, it’s absolutely amazing. But when it doesn’t then it is unfortunately quite tragic. I hope that Marco can find a way to remedy this so that I can return to my podcasts.
Smart Speed For The Win
By Mozef Kaddas
There are so many good podcasts out there, and so many podcast apps to download into your smartphone to listen to your favorite ones.
All these podcast apps, including Apple “iOS” Podcast have in common features that make them somehow similar to each other.
Yet, what makes Overcast stand above the rest, is it has a technology that I haven’t seen in others, and it's called Smart Speed which shortens the silence in thought long podcast, I know all the apps give you a control to speed up your podcast if you are in a car and don’t have enough time, while you don’t want to miss any of the speech, I know this depends on everyone preference and the type of show you listening to. But we all know speeding up your podcast it take from the enjoyment.l, that’s way overcast has the technology that doesn’t trade off the enjoyment yet also save sometime. I recommend it big time. All I wish for is a new feature that allows the podcast rewind a 5 seconds back when ever a notification goes off while you are listening to one.
To me listening to podcasts should be quick, easy and done without thought. Overcast is providing just that. You have all the functions you need in the free version and the adds are not intrusive. For me it was well worth the $10/yr to support the future development.
Even though I consider myself an early adapter and enjoy changes to improve a product, I basically stopped listening to podcasts after the iOS update which changed the podcast app drastically. It is possible I am more forgiving to bumps in the development process when it is a small company or new product, neither of which describes Apple.
With that said overcast does have some limitations that to me do not hinder the daily listening experience. The biggest I have noticed is searching for podcasts I am not always able to find what I’m looking for. An easy solution is to copy the url from Apple podcast app, use that in the search and there is no problem finding it. I also haven’t figured out a way to better organize all of my podcasts.