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Podcast Player & Podcast App - Castbox

Podcast Player & Podcast App - Castbox

Castbox.FM - Radio & Podcast & AudioBooks

The best podcast app to manage and listen to the podcast on your phone or tablet

4.7 Ratings 273K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
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The best podcast app to manage and listen to the podcast on your phone or tablet
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Ratings & Reviews

4.7
272.8K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    84+%
  2. 4
    9+%
  3. 3
    3+%
  4. 2
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  5. 1
    3+%
  • Nov 5, 2020

    By Alycia Lynn
    I've been using castbox for over a year now, but I think it's time to search for an alternative. I love that you can customize tags and download settings. Zen mode is also a cool feature. But my big issues, which I have noticed consistently across updates and in all the podcasts I listen to, is that it will without warning it will interrupt itself jump back 30sec to replay portions of the episode that I already listened to moments ago. There are also times where it doesn't save the play progress
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  • Did Apple create this? Apr 3, 2020

    By actionjcl
    I had been using Apple Podcasts, but the overall design was getting to me. Is it just me or has Apple gotten a bit lazy more recently with the design of some of their apps? Anyway, I tried another app that looked like a winner as the app itself looked more like something Apple could have created but it just didn’t seem to have any reason for why the put certain things within certain sections (example, it had a section for recommendations but in the podcast section, it had recommendations as well). That’s when I decided to try Castbox, boy was I blown away at the design, just wish it wasn’t so big of an app. It looks like something Apple could have designed. The only issue I have is that is when you click on a podcast under library section, under details, the suggested shows that show up aren’t always even the same type of show. For instance I listen to Steam Deace Show and none of the suggested shows are even closely related to his shows. There are many Blaze podcasts that should probably show up there instead. How are we suppose to discover similar podcasts that we might be interested in, if they don’t show up for us.
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  • Is this the one? Nov 5, 2017

    By rpotter1000
    It might be the one. Like many people, from time to time I just get too frustrated with Apple’s Podcasts app and I go searching for something better. I think I’ve tried basically every alternative, and there’s always some reason why I go back to Apple. But Apple just can’t seem to get it right. I don’t understand. I really like Apple products and software design in general. Anyway, I’ve only just started using this one, but it appears it’s just perfect for me. It’s got the right balance of clean, attractive design, easy usability, and general features. It doesn’t have the fullest set of features out there, but I have found that the ones that do are just more complicated than what I want to deal with for podcast management. For me, I like a clean interface, intuitive management of downloads and playlists, and, most important, a great searching platform that makes it easy to find both podcasts to subscribe to but also individual episodes that feature people or subjects I’m interested in. This one seems to have it all—and no ads! (My other favorite, “Podcast App,” was just as good but had annoying full screen pop-up ads.)
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  • Needs work Nov 28, 2018

    By ChadAHall
    So much to like about this app but there are several key issues which need to be addressed especially for a premium app. The biggest and most important is that the app has trouble picking up new episodes and showing them in the new releases section. Maybe it’s because I have a lot of subscriptions but I went through my shows individually and found seven new episodes that the app had not surfaced. Of all the features a podcast app must get right, this is number one. Until this is fixed, I can’t recommend people trust the app. Secondly, if you share the link to an episode and the person opens it on a computer, they get a nice web interface to listen in. This is a great way to share and to get people curious about the app. Unfortunately, they’ve taken the opposite tactic on mobile. If some one open the link on their phone it forces then to download the app. This is just bad user experience. I can promise that no one ends up downloading the app from a tactic like this. This just click out of the link and never listen to the episode. And as almost 100% of what we share is opened on a phone not a desktop, this makes the user stop sharing. I have. Make the web app available on mobile browsers. More people will share and hence more people will know about castbox.
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  • A recent update made the app a nuisance. Aug 30, 2019

    By spazision
    Not sure when it started (less than a month ago), the app started to never continue playing episodes in my downloads. The app use to just continue on playing things in order in my downloads. Now it plays an episode, then stops or the sound freezes at the beginning of the next episode. Then if you press pause then play again, it starts playing the latest episode from the podcast, not the downloads. I can no longer just listen for hours on end, one podcast after another. I have to babysit the app between episodes and it’s super annoying. Another thing (this might have just been fixed the other day), when I finish in episode, the next episode would start playing at normal speed even though it said it was set to the 1.3 speed. I would have to toggle the speed to get it to continue playing at the correct 1.3 speed. I wish I could choose the order of the downloads to play in as well.
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  • Nov 5, 2020

    By Andrew Engelby
    The app works like it should (for the most part). I've used it for over a year and dealt with the ads. I get their needed to fund developers but the ads seem to be getting more pervasive lately. The real reason I'm uninstalling and switching apps is because I'd noticed many podcasts skipping. Rewinding doesn't eliminate the skip either. I thought it was the podcast creators or an occasional glitch. It's not. It keeps happening and the same episode from another app has no skip.
    more
  • Nov 22, 2020

    By lisha linski
    I use it for the volume boost I find this podcast app difficult to use and really badly designed. It's hard to click between details of podcasts, you have to come out of one to go into another, hard to access my playlist (surely the thing 99% of users want to do first off) and doesn't get much easier even if you've been using it for a while. However it does do this volume boost thing which I find very useful and I've not seen in other apps. So I keep struggling with it.
    more
  • Nov 16, 2020

    By Steve
    The best podcast app. However, the apathy towards bugs (like being unable to use SD card instead of internal memory), which are ignored for years, will make you suffer on a daily basis, while their cloud sync is a black-box that makes you lose progress whenever you are "unlucky", as there's no direct control over anything...
    more
  • Nov 12, 2020

    By Marilyn Cutler
    I downloaded Castbox on a new phone and had the worst experience ever! It kept downloading mass amounts of podcasts that I'm not subscribed to, wasting my wifi. And, recommending podcasts of another religion based on my location even though I subscribed to a Jesus channel. I was trying it out so that I could eventually get the Premium version. But I'm uninstalling.
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  • Nov 19, 2020

    By Chris Roberts
    When first downloaded this app it eos great, but over the past month and a half it's not saving podcasts that I download to most for more than a day. I have even gone into the settings and changed it to save any podcast and then I would be responsible for deleting them after listening to them. Even after all of this, it still deletes my podcast episodes. I have moved on to another podcast app.
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  1. Easy to use In-Audio Search function discovers more relevant content based on keywords and phrases
  2. Simple interface matched with machine learning allows for a completely personalized podcast results
  3. Wonderful selection of over 50 million episodes of podcasts, radio channels, and audiobooks that you can stream or download for free

Reviewed by Chris on February 13, 2018

  • Did Apple create this? Apr 3, 2020

    By actionjcl
    I had been using Apple Podcasts, but the overall design was getting to me. Is it just me or has Apple gotten a bit lazy more recently with the design of some of their apps? Anyway, I tried another app that looked like a winner as the app itself looked more like something Apple could have created but it just didn’t seem to have any reason for why the put certain things within certain sections (example, it had a section for recommendations but in the podcast section, it had recommendations as well). That’s when I decided to try Castbox, boy was I blown away at the design, just wish it wasn’t so big of an app. It looks like something Apple could have designed. The only issue I have is that is when you click on a podcast under library section, under details, the suggested shows that show up aren’t always even the same type of show. For instance I listen to Steam Deace Show and none of the suggested shows are even closely related to his shows. There are many Blaze podcasts that should probably show up there instead. How are we suppose to discover similar podcasts that we might be interested in, if they don’t show up for us.
    more
  • Is this the one? Nov 5, 2017

    By rpotter1000
    It might be the one. Like many people, from time to time I just get too frustrated with Apple’s Podcasts app and I go searching for something better. I think I’ve tried basically every alternative, and there’s always some reason why I go back to Apple. But Apple just can’t seem to get it right. I don’t understand. I really like Apple products and software design in general. Anyway, I’ve only just started using this one, but it appears it’s just perfect for me. It’s got the right balance of clean, attractive design, easy usability, and general features. It doesn’t have the fullest set of features out there, but I have found that the ones that do are just more complicated than what I want to deal with for podcast management. For me, I like a clean interface, intuitive management of downloads and playlists, and, most important, a great searching platform that makes it easy to find both podcasts to subscribe to but also individual episodes that feature people or subjects I’m interested in. This one seems to have it all—and no ads! (My other favorite, “Podcast App,” was just as good but had annoying full screen pop-up ads.)
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  • A recent update made the app a nuisance. Aug 30, 2019

    By spazision
    Not sure when it started (less than a month ago), the app started to never continue playing episodes in my downloads. The app use to just continue on playing things in order in my downloads. Now it plays an episode, then stops or the sound freezes at the beginning of the next episode. Then if you press pause then play again, it starts playing the latest episode from the podcast, not the downloads. I can no longer just listen for hours on end, one podcast after another. I have to babysit the app between episodes and it’s super annoying. Another thing (this might have just been fixed the other day), when I finish in episode, the next episode would start playing at normal speed even though it said it was set to the 1.3 speed. I would have to toggle the speed to get it to continue playing at the correct 1.3 speed. I wish I could choose the order of the downloads to play in as well.
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  • Mostly fixed, but still better than anything else! Sep 21, 2018

    By Industrialqueue
    I've tried quite a few podcast options in the wake of Apple's "upgrades". My priorities are large volume queue management for about 40 podcasts that I am either caught up with or listening through their back-log. This app does that wonderfully. The tools are all there with common sense features to allow easy and safe handling of all your episodes. My queue is usually around the 200 episode mark and I have no issue organizing the episodes. Edit: Fixed I say mostly fixed as there's a few sequencing errors where returning to the app and hitting play won't actually start your queue, but these are easy to work around and don't get in the way too much. Edit: Fixed There's also one or two podcasts that I've found that turn up errors when trying to listen or load their pages, but I still have the Apple podcasts app and it had to be useful for something, right? I’ve moved to my backup app for a little after I lost my queue due to my own error, but I miss the navigability and the ease of use for the UI and especially queue management. The Devs have been really active in taking care of issues and even invited me to one of the recent betas. This is definitely a solid app. I just need to get back over here!
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  • The Best App for Organizing Podcasts May 12, 2020

    By sdks
    I never rate apps, but I love this one so much that I had to! I tried half a dozen other podcast platforms before Castbox, but none of them let me organize things the way that I wanted. Castbox, on the other hand, has so many different organization options that you can really personalize it however you like. Some features that I love include being able to create and organize playlists without having to download the episodes, categorize your subscribed podcasts, mark favorite episodes, filter your playlists based episodes you have and have not listened to, and so much more. There is a slight learning curve to figure out all the features, but it’s not too bad. I was a little thrown off by the fact that there’s not a queue like in most other podcast apps, but I just created a “Queue” playlist that honestly works even better for me than actual queue features. The one suggestion that I have for the app is to potentially let users filter their playlists based on episode lengths. A lot of times I’m looking for an episode that’s just long enough to last a car ride, so being able to filter by length would be awesome! Anyway, this app is phenomenal and if you’re on the fence about trying it out, definitely download it!
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  • Could be the pod catcher I’ve been waiting for Oct 11, 2017

    By citizenkade
    About once a year, I get fed up with the Apple Podcasts app and go in search of an alternative, only to come crawling back. I’m so glad to see the Downloads view. It is the one feature I’ve been craving all this time. The app is simple and straightforward. Could be a winner. It’s almost there! Here are the features I’ll be looking for in future releases that will get me to stay: Need the ability to customize the order of my subscriptions list so I can put my favorites at the top and have a consistent order that I get used to so I can quickly navigate to my favorite shows. Need to be able to quickly scan while scrolling my subscriptions to see which of my favorite podcasts have new episodes so I can decide between them which one I’d like to listen to right then. (I never use the running list of newly released episodes. I always start from my list of subscriptions.) Need the ability to mark episodes as played. Implementing this might be enough to solve the previous issue. This is useful primarily for my most listened to shows that I keep up with. Might even be useful, since you can’t know which shows people are caught up on, to offer a Mark All as Played option. That would allow users to get the app quickly customized, making it stickier. Need to be able to set the play order (I prefer oldest to newest in almost all cases, but there are exceptions).
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  • Wayyyyy better than Apple... Jan 26, 2019

    By Meglet885
    I discovered podcasts back in 2005. I’ve been using and recommending Castbox for the last 2 years (premium subscription should also reduce advertisements during show). Totally understand at beginning and end, but plzzzzz edit the amount DURING the podcast). Castbox is my preferred podcast listening app. The boost sound and individualized speed are SUPER SEXY additions!!! I would have given a 5 star rating if there were limitless pods that could be saved (a recent and NEGATIVE adjustment-if I want to OD on podcasts, that is my decision). Also, about a 1/2-1/3 of my saved podcasts don’t automatically refresh/have notifications for new episodes- (the other half does). I will click on a podcast and there will be 1-3 new episodes. I would like to see a more diverse selections of podcasts added to the suggestions- overkill on the mainstream suggestions. Most are already on the ratings list. Mix it up!!!
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  • Bug maybe? Apr 13, 2019

    By brolene413
    I love castbox and its definitely my prefered podcast app. Ive used it for years now, but Ive had an odd bug just in the last couple days. I made sure to update the app to make sure it wasnt that before writing this review, but since it just happened again Im not aure what it is. Anyway, every now and then when im listening to something but using another app, like playing a game or something while i listen, the sound becomes distorted. Im not sure how to really describe it, it sounds very distorted and static-y. Once i pause the episode it will be fine as long as im on castbox but as soon as i switch apps it starts again and i have to close the other app completely sometimes to get it to work right and then reopen the other app and itll be okay for a while again. Despite this i still prefer castbox to anything else, but if this were fixed it would be an easy 5 stars.
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  • Mmm, My Favorite (request for dev.) Sep 14, 2019

    By Gurt McDirt
    I’ve been using this app for about a year now after being frustrated with Apple’s version. I wanted something that looked a little sleeker and still functioned professionally. There have been several key updates since I started and now I keep this at the forefront while Apple’s has been lost to the sea of Apple apps I never use. Much better production and the darker interface is so much more appealing. Easy to sort your subscribed casts, multiple options for displaying your library, picks up the last episode you were listening to at the correct time upon reopening. Personal favorite. I really appreciate how tuned in to the community these devs are. They’re constantly fixing, updating, and adding things commented on. One request I have is if we can add a blocker to commenters. Not completely necessary, but I notice a couple frequent commenters on podcasts I regularly listen to that just really bug me. I’d love the option to mute their comments from my feed via blocking their handle. Still waiting for some solution to the toilet bowl every comment section has become.. I like using it for the odd legit convo with another poster but then the entire post is bombarded with off topic harassment and the report option doesn’t seem to address anything. At least I can meditate on it, I guess. 😉
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  • Great other than download management Jul 2, 2019

    By OperatorDirak
    Having used various podcast apps extensively over the last decade, I can now say with certainly that this is my favorite one. Presentation, features, and organization are top tier. That said, I do have one suggestion. When it comes to deleting downloaded episodes, one cannot do it from the main podcast section, you have to go to the “downloads” section and delete everything from there. This obviously isn’t a deal-breaker, but it is inconvenient and the only area where Castbox doesn’t outdo the competition. I don’t have any other reason to go into “downloads”, so my stock builds up for a week or two until I run out of space and am forced to cull the herd en masse. If the app was updated such that you can delete downloads from the same area you can mark them as “played”, this would bump it up to 5 stars.
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  • Nov 5, 2020

    By Alycia Lynn
    I've been using castbox for over a year now, but I think it's time to search for an alternative. I love that you can customize tags and download settings. Zen mode is also a cool feature. But my big issues, which I have noticed consistently across updates and in all the podcasts I listen to, is that it will without warning it will interrupt itself jump back 30sec to replay portions of the episode that I already listened to moments ago. There are also times where it doesn't save the play progress
    more
  • Needs work Nov 28, 2018

    By ChadAHall
    So much to like about this app but there are several key issues which need to be addressed especially for a premium app. The biggest and most important is that the app has trouble picking up new episodes and showing them in the new releases section. Maybe it’s because I have a lot of subscriptions but I went through my shows individually and found seven new episodes that the app had not surfaced. Of all the features a podcast app must get right, this is number one. Until this is fixed, I can’t recommend people trust the app. Secondly, if you share the link to an episode and the person opens it on a computer, they get a nice web interface to listen in. This is a great way to share and to get people curious about the app. Unfortunately, they’ve taken the opposite tactic on mobile. If some one open the link on their phone it forces then to download the app. This is just bad user experience. I can promise that no one ends up downloading the app from a tactic like this. This just click out of the link and never listen to the episode. And as almost 100% of what we share is opened on a phone not a desktop, this makes the user stop sharing. I have. Make the web app available on mobile browsers. More people will share and hence more people will know about castbox.
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  • Nov 7, 2020

    By MaxsDadAK
    I have used this app for over a year now, and went from mild ads from the podcasters themselves, to having my episodes interrupted mid-speech by ads. I paid for the monthly subscription thinking this would end he ads and instead I'm still getting the exact same ads. I want so badly to like this app, but the ads are ruining the experience that used to be good. Well I understand advertisement and how it helps support developers, it's becoming a bit much.
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  • Great selection of podcasts but frustrating to use. Dec 23, 2019

    By Jgfyjiingdcn
    This app has podcasts that I haven’t been able to find elsewhere. It also has most of the features available on other apps even if they aren’t as user friendly. My two main issues preventing me from rating 5 stars are both rated to playback. If you aren’t using a playlist and want to play multiple episodes of the same podcast in the order they were released, sometimes it replays the episode over instead of going to the next episode. The bigger issue is that none of the shortcuts for restarting a paused podcast work. If you pause a podcast, you can’t restart it on your lock screen by pressing play, or by swiping up from from the bottom and pressing play, or by using a Bluetooth headset/car stereo and pressing play. You have to go back in the app and open the specific podcast and restart the episode there. It defeats the purpose of hands free car radios and seems like it should be easily fixable. You can use the shortcuts to pause the episode, and if you push play within a few seconds after pressing pause on a shortcut it sometimes plays, but if you wait even a few seconds after pausing, you have to go back into the app to press play again.
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  • Wanted to replace Apple Podcasts but Nope Apr 26, 2018

    By hazelsydney
    Really wanted to like this app. Mostly because some podcasts I listen to are partnered with Castbox, so it would benefit them to listen through Castbox instead of Apple Podcasts. Anyway, here is why I am going back to Apple podcast and deleting Castbox: 1.) If you’re in the car and listening to a podcast on Castbox, the podcast will not pause during the Maps instructions. So you can count on every 1-3 mins missing about 5 words of what your podcast is saying if you’re not on the highway. I looked through the settings and couldn’t find a way to pause the podcast during Map instructions. 2.) First two pages are “discover pages”. I like the “Subscribed” but it would be nice if the “Listen” page showed your recently updated podcasts. Also, “Subscribed” is not in order from most recent uploads, so it’s easy to miss a new podcast if you don’t scroll down and look for the tiny orange “1”. Also, if you want to change the discover page or anything you have to pay. Overall, good app but is not a replacement for Apple podcasts. You don’t have to pay for Apple Podcasts, and you don’t have to discover new podcasts unless you want to. In app purchases is a no-go considering podcasts are free
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  • Nov 5, 2020

    By Andrew Engelby
    The app works like it should (for the most part). I've used it for over a year and dealt with the ads. I get their needed to fund developers but the ads seem to be getting more pervasive lately. The real reason I'm uninstalling and switching apps is because I'd noticed many podcasts skipping. Rewinding doesn't eliminate the skip either. I thought it was the podcast creators or an occasional glitch. It's not. It keeps happening and the same episode from another app has no skip.
    more
  • Nov 22, 2020

    By lisha linski
    I use it for the volume boost I find this podcast app difficult to use and really badly designed. It's hard to click between details of podcasts, you have to come out of one to go into another, hard to access my playlist (surely the thing 99% of users want to do first off) and doesn't get much easier even if you've been using it for a while. However it does do this volume boost thing which I find very useful and I've not seen in other apps. So I keep struggling with it.
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  • Nov 9, 2020

    By Rafael Pennese
    Too many features...A podcast player must be simple and streamlined, and you should be able to start playing your podcast on the go, with just 2-3 taps, without needing to stop, sit and configure your playlist....E.g. with Podcast Player, you need 4 taps just to add an episode to you playlist, vs just one in my other app.... It is well graphically designed and packed with features, but for me ease of use is a must. A pity...
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  • Nov 16, 2020

    By Steve
    The best podcast app. However, the apathy towards bugs (like being unable to use SD card instead of internal memory), which are ignored for years, will make you suffer on a daily basis, while their cloud sync is a black-box that makes you lose progress whenever you are "unlucky", as there's no direct control over anything...
    more
  • Nov 12, 2020

    By Marilyn Cutler
    I downloaded Castbox on a new phone and had the worst experience ever! It kept downloading mass amounts of podcasts that I'm not subscribed to, wasting my wifi. And, recommending podcasts of another religion based on my location even though I subscribed to a Jesus channel. I was trying it out so that I could eventually get the Premium version. But I'm uninstalling.
    more
  • Nov 19, 2020

    By Chris Roberts
    When first downloaded this app it eos great, but over the past month and a half it's not saving podcasts that I download to most for more than a day. I have even gone into the settings and changed it to save any podcast and then I would be responsible for deleting them after listening to them. Even after all of this, it still deletes my podcast episodes. I have moved on to another podcast app.
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  • Nov 4, 2020

    By CHUCK THOMAS
    BEWARE!!! changing this back to one star since contrary to my best judgment I installed it again cuz I like the interface but there is just no way to make it not download things over your mobile network and I only have 1 gig plan it just used up another 300 MB of my data and I set it everywhere in the settings not to download over mobile networks but it still does it so screw this app!
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  • A Clunky Mess Hellbent on Streaming Everything Jan 13, 2020

    By PrimeTimeDJ
    Never mind I’ve got got 10,000 hours of free RAM on my phone, this app will insist on streaming everything live so you end up paying $5 per podcast on expensive cellular service. Controls are on multiple screens, forcing you to pull over to the side of the road and fiddle around with the clunky interface. Clearly the money is made in the promotion of podcasts — this app should be free. There’s no way to build your own playlist (if there is, it’s so cryptic you’d never figure it out). There’s no way to tell at a glance if the podcast has been downloaded or is streaming. I want to be able to sit down on Sunday night and download a whole week’s worth of programming on my cheap home WiFi network and not burn up my expensive cellular data plan. I bought this program because it is supposed to sync with my iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch but that feature does not work. If you’re a developer who wants to make the next “killer app,” design a podcast player with a clean, intuitive interface. This is not it and no one else has figured it out either.
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