Podcasts are one of the most informative ways to get news, learn, or pass the time. Here are some of our favorite apps to manage your Podcasts on Android.
With the user interface being arguably the most important feature of an app, this is where Pocket Casts stands out from the crowd. From its ease-of-use to the widget, this app is beautiful. It syncs well across devices, which is really handy. The Discover tab is a really nice touch. It shows what is featured, popular, and multiple categories. It’s easy to maneuver, and aside from the occasional bug, it’s dang near perfect. For $3.99, we’d say that it’s worth every penny.
Next is Stitcher, a great option for either the power or casual listener. This one is also a great looking app, but comes with a decent helping of ads. It has basically the same UI as Pocket Casts, though the two differ in functionality. Stitcher offers Front Page, which is useful to see what’s trending. It’s a tag buggy and force close-y, but if you can get past that, Stitcher is definitely for you! You can pick it up in the Play Store for free, with, unfortunately, no ad-free version.
Here is where we stray away a bit from the UI of the first two. Doggcatcher is very functional, though may not be the prettiest. It offers everything you’ll need in a Podcast app. However, this one hasn’t been updated, visually, in awhile. It sort of resembles an app that would be common in the days of Froyo/Gingerbread. Though that isn’t a make or break for us, we’d still like to see an update. You can pick up Doggcatcher for free as a 7-day premium trial, then it becomes a lite version. With the lite version, you’ll lose the ability to add more than ten feeds, no auto refresh, and more. If you’d like to pick up the premium version, it’s available in the Play Store for $2.99.
Lastly, Player FM is a solid Podcast app. It has a nice interface, and does just about everything you’d like it to do. It offers syncing across devices, and the ability to download media straight to your phone or tablet. Very simple, and very easy to use. If you’d like to try it out, it’s free in the Play Store.