Castro Podcast Player Updated With Enhanced Discovery Feed, Instant Search, and Updated Terminology

Supertop, makers of the amazing podcast player Castro, have released a major update to the app that introduces two lovely features along with minor updates to the terminology used within. The biggest feature rolled out in Version 2019.2 is the new Enhanced Podcast Discovery feature. Supertop announced this on their blog: We designed the [...]


‎Overcast 5.1 Adds Instant Search in its Latest Update

Version 5.1 of Overcast was released on the App Store last week with a new Instant Search feature. Talking about this feature, Marco Arment — the developer of the app, writes on his blog:

Instant Search is the next step in Overcast’s search evolution. It combines a small local cache with a highly optimized search service to give the most relevant results immediately as you type, even after only a single letter.

It’s a dramatic, delightful improvement to a critical, frequently used feature. This was a lot of fun to build, and I’m proud of it.

I’m starting to get into podcasts lately and have been exploring all the different podcast apps available today. Overcast is one of the few apps that managed to keep things simple and elegant, and I love this new addition to it.

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The Pocket Casts for Android Closed Beta Is Now Open To All

@pocketcasts on Twitter:

Android users: Our previously closed private beta is now open to all. If you’re up for the occasionally broken build and like to test new features, you can opt-in here.

The fantastic Pocket Casts on Android is now opening up its closed beta to everyone via Google Play. I’ve been using the beta on iOS for a while now and it is always great seeing how the team at Shifty Jelly, I mean Podcast Media, innovates with Podcast app interface and adopting newer design language on both iOS and Android. The beta on Android wasn’t open to the public until now. If you use an Android device, you can now sign up for it using the link above.



Pocket Casts Gets Acquired by NPR and Other Public Radio Stations

Shifty Jelly is one of my favourite developers out there. Pocket Casts is one of the rare apps that we feature almost every year in the end of year Highlight and of course through covering their lovely big updates that happen across platforms multiple times a year. Pocket Casts is also one of my favourite apps on all platforms. When they announced that WNYC, NPR, WBEZ and This American Life as a group approached them and acquired Pocket Casts, both Preshit and myself were pretty shocked.

Their blog post goes on multiple times to ensure that users and customers know that nothing will change going forward for Pocket Casts as an app. I’m beyond happy for the team. I spoke to Russel in depth on The Dialogue and hope to do another one with him in the future once things settle. This is a huge deal for the team and I wish them the best with this.

I’m curious to see what this big partnership entails for podcasts as a whole because Pocket Casts is basically podcasts for me at this point.


Relay FM

Relay FM is home to a lot of my favourite podcasts. Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett founded Relay FM over a year ago and it has come so far in such a short time. Even though I’ve been a loyal Pocket Casts user, I was super excited to use the official Relay FM app that hit the App Store a few days ago. Unfortunately, the new app leaves me [...]


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