Podcasts are as popular as ever, even with a name that harks back to the era of the iPod. The term first appeared in a 2004 article by Guardian reporter Ben Hammersley, who postulated on potential names for the rad new medium - around about the same time Adam Curry launched his pioneering podcast show, Daily Source Code.
11 years on, and mobile apps have made podcasting more popular than ever. Podcast apps (aka podcatchers) do a lot more than just play your podcasts. Some of our very favorite, best-in-class examples automatically download and sort the newest episodes of your subscribed podcasts, help manage your subscriptions, and include a variety of hot 'n' tasty personalization features to keep you a happy little podcaster.
So whether you're a heavy listener, or a newbie looking to discover new and interesting content, you'll love our super selection of the 6 best podcast apps for iPhone.
Minimalism is definitely Overcast's strong point. Browsing through the epic catalog is a breeze, and a couple taps lets you download for listening later only (no streaming here), making it perfect for the morning commute.
As well as boasting a Mac app, Downcast has become popular for its support for password protected podcast feeds. Though it doesn't have every feature under the sun, it has plenty to keep your podcasts in good order - even if you're not fully app savvy.
iCatcher! is not the prettiest looking podcast client on the market, but when it comes to customization, it's akin to an airplane control panel. The devil's in the detail, from appearance and playback options to importing, subscription management, and iCloud support.
TuneIn Radio is more than just a one trick pony. Though most people associate it with radio streaming from over 100,000 stations, it also boasts a catalog of 4 million podcasts, with the same great usability we know and love.