Podcasts, (basically audio interviews and discussions) are something that were not at all popular before the smartphone. With the invent of the smartphone and apps, there has been an exponential rise of podcasts and more and more people are venturing into them. People are listening to them on their free time, while commuting to work and on the subways. There’s a market for almost every niche subject.
Today, we look at five of the most popular and best Podcast apps available on Android. Some of these are available on Windows and iOS too.
Beyond Pod is a stellar start to our list and has most of the features you want in a podcast app. You’ll find access to audio as well as video podcasts from a ton of big and general names including CNN, ESPN, and others. Some of the other features include Chromecast support, smart playlists, control over download, widget support, support for Feedly, and more. The design is Holo inspired and looks pretty good. It’s one of the most minimalistic podcast apps for those who just want to listen.
Soundcloud has become an increasingly popular site for independent podcasters to post their stuff. It’s a little harder to find given the wide range of audio content including songs of all kinds, but everything works nicely once you’ve found the podcasts you’re looking for. It has a good looking, modern UI with solid controls. You can “favorite” tracks to listen to them later. It’s simple and you’ll almost exclusively be streaming podcasts here rather than downloading them. It’s a decent experience and available for most of the platforms.
DoggCatcher has been around for a very long time and is one of the more recognized podcast apps on the list. Thankfully, despite its age, the developers have done an excellent job updating the app over the years and it now currently supports the latest tech such as Chromecast, Android Wear, and even Android Auto. It comes with a light theme and a dark theme, support for video and audio podcasts, various settings options to control download preferences, playlists, and a lot more. The app also has no in-app purchases.
Pocket Casts is definitely one of the best podcast apps on Android. It comes with a modern, Material Design inspired interface, a light and dark theme, and settings to control your download preferences. There is also playlist support, video and audio podcasts, and Chromecast support. Perhaps our favorite feature is the ability to create an account and sign in on any Android device to get your list of subscribed podcasts back quickly. The developers are active and it’s an overall solid experience.
Stitcher Radio has worked hard over the last couple of years to improve their mobile offering and the effort has shown positive results. The app has a relatively modern interface and a ton of podcasts to choose from. The app allows you to create custom “stations” that are essentially souped up playlists that look really cool. Stitcher also has a breaking news function, sharing, and a lot more.