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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 313K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads

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  • img Community
    Streaming news on your phone can consume 1000’s of MB from your data plan. With Castbox, you can download radio broadcasts and podcasts when you have a Wi-Fi connection, so you can listen to them anytime, anywhere, even when you are offline!
    img by xaashir
    2 years ago
  • img Expert
    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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • May 19, 2021

    By Sarah W
    The selection is fantastic, but there are some issues with the app. The biggest flaw is that if I've listened to a podcast and switched apps to listen to music, if I attempt to pause the music with my Bluetooth speaker or headphones, the podcast starts playing. I can stop it by force quitting the app every time I want to switch to music or audiobooks, but it's sure annoying.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Recent issues Apr 8, 2021

    By Gingflynn
    Update: Just want to say that developer responded right away to my issue. Whether it can be fixed remains to be seen. In any case, this is still my favorite podcast app: This has been my podcast app of choice for quite a while now. I love the playlists and the ease of use. Lately I’ve been having an issue with badges showing unplayed in my library. I have to go into the podcast to check for episodes I have missed and find the indicator in error. Also, when I unsubscribe from a podcast it disappears from my library initially but then shows up again, which is quite annoying. These are both recent issues that were not solved by deleting and reloading the app. I am leaving the five star review for now based on my experience with the app over a long time, but I am looking at other apps now to try to find one that meets my needs without these annoying bugs. Hoping these issues will be addressed. It seems they began after most recent iOS update.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • May 19, 2021

    By Sarah W
    The selection is fantastic, but there are some issues with the app. The biggest flaw is that if I've listened to a podcast and switched apps to listen to music, if I attempt to pause the music with my Bluetooth speaker or headphones, the podcast starts playing. I can stop it by force quitting the app every time I want to switch to music or audiobooks, but it's sure annoying.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Recent issues Apr 8, 2021

    By Gingflynn
    Update: Just want to say that developer responded right away to my issue. Whether it can be fixed remains to be seen. In any case, this is still my favorite podcast app: This has been my podcast app of choice for quite a while now. I love the playlists and the ease of use. Lately I’ve been having an issue with badges showing unplayed in my library. I have to go into the podcast to check for episodes I have missed and find the indicator in error. Also, when I unsubscribe from a podcast it disappears from my library initially but then shows up again, which is quite annoying. These are both recent issues that were not solved by deleting and reloading the app. I am leaving the five star review for now based on my experience with the app over a long time, but I am looking at other apps now to try to find one that meets my needs without these annoying bugs. Hoping these issues will be addressed. It seems they began after most recent iOS update.
  • 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!
  • Best podcast app! Wish there was a one time cost to remove ads. Feb 26, 2021

    By dustin/flu
    So, first - huge compliments for the design and interaction flow of how this app works. After going through about 5 alternatives, this really is the best. My one unhappiness is that I occasionally see off hiccups where the app won’t play already downloaded podcasts, forcing me to force quit or reopen the episode to get it going. This almost always seems to happen when there is an issue with an ad loading. Maybe I am right at the edge of connectivity or something - not sure why each time. I would love to pay for the app to turn off ads and that is it. I really don’t want to pay for another subscription and just don’t see that making sense to have to repeatedly pay over and over for - to essentially fix a buggy issue. Other than a great design, I really don’t use anything else that the subscription would add, other than wanting to just have no advertisements. So 4 stars on a 5 star product. Please consider something a $10 cost to just remove ads. Thanks!
  • Jun 10, 2021

    By CK Hicks
    I tried really hard to like this...subscribed for multiple years...and had to walk away. - Sharing links should be back to the show (not a proprietary Castbox link) - Pulling in a custom RSS feed from Patreon was a complete nightmare - The website (even for a paying subscriber) is full of ads and hard to manage I ranked this two stars because I used this app almost daily and really appreciated some of the work that went into it. Perhaps with some time and more focus on the core user flows this can be a viable option for the future.
  • May 16, 2021

    By A Google user
    Used to be happy with it, but an annoying issue came up recently. When I click on an episode usually the window with the description, picture and play button opens. Now the picture and play button only flicker for a second and disappear, leaving only the episode description below. Super annoying. I can still start the episode by pressing play on the tiny button in the list view, but this is far from a great experience.
  • Apr 4, 2021

    By Carolyn Sokoloff
    I had given this 5 stars, changed to 1 star now because of the forced ads on timers. I didn't care about the constant ads because I could just close them immediately, and I understand that's their source of revenue. Now I have to sit and wait for the ad to finish, or close and restart the app. I went through several podcast apps before I settled on this one. Premium service is available for a standard price, it's just pretty low of them to force people's hands into paying for it.
  • Mar 31, 2021

    By Derek Price
    This app says it does everything I need, but the reality falls short. I want to have my playlist on my phone and tablet. I can, but they don't sync unless I log out and then log in. Which wipes my channel preferences. The interface is okay and the help files are very well written. How do I know? I *had* to read them to use the app. I shouldn't have to read the help to use an app.
  • Apr 22, 2021

    By Faisal Noor
    WARNING! IF YOU HAVEN'T UPDATED THIS APP THEN DON'T....KEEP THE OLD VERSION! I have been using this for over 2 years and thoroughly enjoyed it, until now! Since updating it just isn't the same, too many Ads and it keeps closing, always glitching. I really regret updating it and hope you fix these problems and hopefully take it back to how it was before. Don't understand why it was tampered with when it wasn't broken! However it's still a good app if you're downloading it for the first time.
  • Mar 23, 2021

    By Odairyman
    I have been a user of this app for almost 3 years (or something close to that) I have loved it from the start. I have not been able to open it for the last 24hours because the system says it keeps "stopping" before it opens. I am only giving a 1 star review in the hopes someone from Castbox will call contact me with a fix so I can keep using it. There was a no doubt it is the best podcast app I've used, and I listen to hours of podcasts per week at work. PLEASE HELP FIX THIS...
  • Jun 4, 2021

    By Joe Raia
    now featuring ads you have to close to access your already downloaded podcasts. yay! Now featuring ads that force you to wait through them for 10 seconds! Even more ridiculous amount of ads! Yay! Even better! (Still not). Good design but the ads are ridiculous. Moving on to other apps now. And dont whine about "needing to support yourselves" ....you could get a job! Bye! The solution? Remove the ads you yourself on other responses said you needed for profit. Its not me, it's you.
  • May 18, 2021

    By Ryan Loftus
    Used to be solid app. All of a sudden though, it now intermittently logs you out. Repeatedly. That's an annoying glitch that I can get over. What I cannot get over is paying an annual subscription and still being bombarded with ads. Same deal, never used to be so ad-riddled. So I've cancelled my subscription and will continue to use until it expires because again functionally its decent.
  • May 30, 2021

    By Karen Browning
    Can't get away from ads. Somehow they cover the whole screen and there's no way to "x" out of them. One in particular seems to be a shooting game wherein a cop, played by you, is aiming to shoot at innocent ppl. The only choices are to aim and/or shoot, not close the ad. That's really sick.
  • Mar 24, 2021

    By Nicole Powell Cantu
    I've been using Castbox for years, but sometimes parts of the episodes seem to skip for lack of a better term - parts will repeat themselves - and sometimes the episode cuts off early. Been thinking of switching for a long time but didn't wanna deal with the hassle of change, but I think it's time. I do like that their app has a widget.
  • img Community
    Streaming news on your phone can consume 1000’s of MB from your data plan. With Castbox, you can download radio broadcasts and podcasts when you have a Wi-Fi connection, so you can listen to them anytime, anywhere, even when you are offline!
    img by xaashir
    2 years ago
  • img Expert
    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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Recent issues Apr 8, 2021

    By Gingflynn
    Update: Just want to say that developer responded right away to my issue. Whether it can be fixed remains to be seen. In any case, this is still my favorite podcast app: This has been my podcast app of choice for quite a while now. I love the playlists and the ease of use. Lately I’ve been having an issue with badges showing unplayed in my library. I have to go into the podcast to check for episodes I have missed and find the indicator in error. Also, when I unsubscribe from a podcast it disappears from my library initially but then shows up again, which is quite annoying. These are both recent issues that were not solved by deleting and reloading the app. I am leaving the five star review for now based on my experience with the app over a long time, but I am looking at other apps now to try to find one that meets my needs without these annoying bugs. Hoping these issues will be addressed. It seems they began after most recent iOS update.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • We are addicted Mar 13, 2019

    By Billsters mom
    One of my coworkers shared with us that she found your podcast on. Now there is three of us in the office that get together in the morning and we have our own crime junkie discussion to share our thoughts and questions. We shut the door sometimes and listen to the podcast as a group. So thankful for the two of you and for keeping it real. I honestly have tried to listen to another pod cast while waiting for yours to come out but I find myself not as interested for lack of better words or maybe it’s that I can’t relate to the podcasters. Thank you so much for putting on a show and sacrificing so much of your free time to bring us another episode. Absolutely love the updates. PS- I think genealogy is going to be the future to solving a lot of cases. Signed, Nurse Crime Junkies
  • Best podcast app! Wish there was a one time cost to remove ads. Feb 26, 2021

    By dustin/flu
    So, first - huge compliments for the design and interaction flow of how this app works. After going through about 5 alternatives, this really is the best. My one unhappiness is that I occasionally see off hiccups where the app won’t play already downloaded podcasts, forcing me to force quit or reopen the episode to get it going. This almost always seems to happen when there is an issue with an ad loading. Maybe I am right at the edge of connectivity or something - not sure why each time. I would love to pay for the app to turn off ads and that is it. I really don’t want to pay for another subscription and just don’t see that making sense to have to repeatedly pay over and over for - to essentially fix a buggy issue. Other than a great design, I really don’t use anything else that the subscription would add, other than wanting to just have no advertisements. So 4 stars on a 5 star product. Please consider something a $10 cost to just remove ads. Thanks!
  • 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).
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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. 😉
  • 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.
  • What about the users? Aug 6, 2019

    By Tired & Sleepy
    This player works fine, and has a large and diverse number of podcasts to choose from. Although I’ve only been using it for 3days, it seems they are focused on getting you to upgrade, and focusing you on content that I suspect they receive kickbacks for directing you to. Why do I want to livestream on this app— its a podcast player!! That said , it would still be a great app if the interface were only user friendly. The podcasts you download are accessed by hitting a small dim, miniature icon in the middle of several others at the bottom of the page. When driving - which is what a huge number of us choose to use podcasts for- it nearly impossible to access your content easily and safely. I can imagine the same is true for joggers hikers, treadmill users etc. Really misses the target audience in my opinion.
  • 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.
  • May 19, 2021

    By Sarah W
    The selection is fantastic, but there are some issues with the app. The biggest flaw is that if I've listened to a podcast and switched apps to listen to music, if I attempt to pause the music with my Bluetooth speaker or headphones, the podcast starts playing. I can stop it by force quitting the app every time I want to switch to music or audiobooks, but it's sure annoying.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Solid Design, Unreliable Performance Feb 3, 2021

    By DannyTheCoolest
    I’m a big fan of the design of this app. In (almost) every way it is a solid improvement over Apple Podcasts. You can make playlists, create categories, and even “like” an episode of a podcast to add it to your favorites. All of these are welcomed innovations. Sure, there are ads, but the developer should make money somehow. My main gripe is the unreliability of it all, at least on my phone. Castbox frequently crashes, forcing me to reload the app. The app is also slow to load in general, so I’m often left waiting long periods of time to simply play a podcast that suddenly stopped playing. Additionally, and this is pretty minor, it won’t let me press play from my iPhone’s lock screen or the little menu that appears when you swipe up. I may stick with it, I may not. I really like the design and features, but can’t bring myself to pay a premium price tag for a slow app that constantly crashes.
  • May 23, 2021

    By John Perry
    An improvement on Stitcher, but not by much. The interface is about the same, which makes me wonder who copies whom. Hiccups every now and then when delivering content (as does Stitcher). On several occasions it's looped; that is, it hiccups to an earlier part of the podcast, then proceeds as normal. The biggest offense is that it drains the battery like you wouldn't believe. According to Android Settings, after 1day and 9 hours Castbox has drained 24% of my battery -- even though I didn't start it, even though I haven't listened to anything. That's inexcusable. For crying out loud, are you mining bitcoin in the background or something? I guess my search for a competent podcast app continues.
  • May 20, 2021

    By Jena Pantano
    Update worsened the app. Suddenly there's large ads covering the screen, delaying your process. Often times I am trying to play an episode at a stoplight, or before I take off driving. This has caused it to be unsafe because the process takes longer to accomplish. I am going to have to switch to a new app. Disappointed.
  • Jun 10, 2021

    By CK Hicks
    I tried really hard to like this...subscribed for multiple years...and had to walk away. - Sharing links should be back to the show (not a proprietary Castbox link) - Pulling in a custom RSS feed from Patreon was a complete nightmare - The website (even for a paying subscriber) is full of ads and hard to manage I ranked this two stars because I used this app almost daily and really appreciated some of the work that went into it. Perhaps with some time and more focus on the core user flows this can be a viable option for the future.
  • May 16, 2021

    By A Google user
    Used to be happy with it, but an annoying issue came up recently. When I click on an episode usually the window with the description, picture and play button opens. Now the picture and play button only flicker for a second and disappear, leaving only the episode description below. Super annoying. I can still start the episode by pressing play on the tiny button in the list view, but this is far from a great experience.
  • Mar 31, 2021

    By Derek Price
    This app says it does everything I need, but the reality falls short. I want to have my playlist on my phone and tablet. I can, but they don't sync unless I log out and then log in. Which wipes my channel preferences. The interface is okay and the help files are very well written. How do I know? I *had* to read them to use the app. I shouldn't have to read the help to use an app.
  • May 18, 2021

    By Ryan Loftus
    Used to be solid app. All of a sudden though, it now intermittently logs you out. Repeatedly. That's an annoying glitch that I can get over. What I cannot get over is paying an annual subscription and still being bombarded with ads. Same deal, never used to be so ad-riddled. So I've cancelled my subscription and will continue to use until it expires because again functionally its decent.
  • May 30, 2021

    By Karen Browning
    Can't get away from ads. Somehow they cover the whole screen and there's no way to "x" out of them. One in particular seems to be a shooting game wherein a cop, played by you, is aiming to shoot at innocent ppl. The only choices are to aim and/or shoot, not close the ad. That's really sick.
  • Mar 24, 2021

    By Nicole Powell Cantu
    I've been using Castbox for years, but sometimes parts of the episodes seem to skip for lack of a better term - parts will repeat themselves - and sometimes the episode cuts off early. Been thinking of switching for a long time but didn't wanna deal with the hassle of change, but I think it's time. I do like that their app has a widget.
  • May 17, 2021

    By Aaron Loving
    Previously I had rated this app incredibly well. I have used this app for over a year while at work. I have listened to this app for countless hours. But recently as soon as I open the app it crashes. Hopefully this will be fixed quickly since this was by far my favorite way to listen to podcasts
  • Apr 4, 2021

    By Carolyn Sokoloff
    I had given this 5 stars, changed to 1 star now because of the forced ads on timers. I didn't care about the constant ads because I could just close them immediately, and I understand that's their source of revenue. Now I have to sit and wait for the ad to finish, or close and restart the app. I went through several podcast apps before I settled on this one. Premium service is available for a standard price, it's just pretty low of them to force people's hands into paying for it.
  • Apr 22, 2021

    By Faisal Noor
    WARNING! IF YOU HAVEN'T UPDATED THIS APP THEN DON'T....KEEP THE OLD VERSION! I have been using this for over 2 years and thoroughly enjoyed it, until now! Since updating it just isn't the same, too many Ads and it keeps closing, always glitching. I really regret updating it and hope you fix these problems and hopefully take it back to how it was before. Don't understand why it was tampered with when it wasn't broken! However it's still a good app if you're downloading it for the first time.
  • Mar 23, 2021

    By Odairyman
    I have been a user of this app for almost 3 years (or something close to that) I have loved it from the start. I have not been able to open it for the last 24hours because the system says it keeps "stopping" before it opens. I am only giving a 1 star review in the hopes someone from Castbox will call contact me with a fix so I can keep using it. There was a no doubt it is the best podcast app I've used, and I listen to hours of podcasts per week at work. PLEASE HELP FIX THIS...
  • Jun 4, 2021

    By Joe Raia
    now featuring ads you have to close to access your already downloaded podcasts. yay! Now featuring ads that force you to wait through them for 10 seconds! Even more ridiculous amount of ads! Yay! Even better! (Still not). Good design but the ads are ridiculous. Moving on to other apps now. And dont whine about "needing to support yourselves" ....you could get a job! Bye! The solution? Remove the ads you yourself on other responses said you needed for profit. Its not me, it's you.
  • 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.
  • May 20, 2021

    By Colie Braun
    This used to be a great app. For the past month it won't play at all if the screen is locked. I've updated the app settings, I've allowed it to play in the background and to use data when not on wifi but it still constantly stops. I will be downloading another option because this is no longer functional and I listen to podcasts daily at work.
  • Apr 13, 2021

    By N G
    This app was so much better to use before it became bombarded with ads. It use to be so easy to back out of an ad, but now I have to select the tiny X button on the ad which often opens up the ad. They even made it so that some ads have a fricking loading time before you can X out of it. It's ruined the app for me and I no longer like using it.
  • Apr 20, 2021

    By Jason Arg
    The app automatically sets you to the premium purchase during your 3 day trial. I attempted to switch to the cheaper version of the app after a few hours of using it. 3 days later I got charged for the premium regardless! When that charge went thru, I immediately attempted to get it refunded! Customer service is non existent!!! And, there was no refund to be given! I will not support this app or anything this company does again!!!
  • Apr 16, 2021

    By Kelly Richardson
    Keeps stopping after a few minutes. Very frustrating because I like to listen while I'm driving but can't keep unlocking my phone to get it playing again without having to pull over every 50 yards! I've tried the suggestion of changing battery saving settings but it's made no difference. Looks like I'm going to have to find another app to listen to podcasts.
  • Apr 6, 2021

    By Zackary Valenta
    Huge battery consumption when not in use!!! Switch to another app (like Spotify, Stitcher, Pocket Casts) Castbox uses a huge amount of battery while running in the background. I have a Galaxy S21 Ultra and it uses 10% of my battery for the day, without even having been opened. To make things worst, the app cannot be added to the list of apps that are put to sleep when in the background. There doesn't seem to be any justification for this kind of background usage.

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