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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 294K+ 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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  • Wish list Oct 26, 2019

    By idonthaveacatchyname
    I love listening to podcasts and I am constantly trying to find a player that works for me. I like Castbox because if it’s simplicity and for the most part it does what I want and helps me control how I want to listen to podcasts. However there is one thing I wish it would do, I wish it would give me the option to download not the new seat episodes, but the oldest episodes. One thing I really do not like is going through a manually choosing the episodes I want to download. I don’t want to automatically download the most recent. I had a player that I love, it was the RSS Radio player. The option of choosing which episodes to automatically download and it would automatically build my playlist for me in the way I wanted it. I had to get rid of it because since the last update it did no work very well. It was extremely slow or unresponsive, the app kept shutting down, and it would get rid if my podcasts so I had to find them again. If Castbox would give me the option of choosing which ones to automatically download and build my playlist for me, I would consider this perfect. I have chosen to upgrade for now, but I will keep looking for the player that allows me control of how to download and listen. Also, this keeps crashing whenever I’m trying to work on my lists. Thanks for this app overall. You have a great selection and I love that you have old episodes of some of my favorite podcasts.
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  • Feb 9, 2021

    By Mark Cooke
    I'm hoping the battery drain issues are fixed. I came back to this from another player for the auto-skip played option. It also seems to work better at picking up from where you started, unlike some other apps. The rating is because I was auto-subscribed to a bunch of podcasts, which were there after I unsubscribed and had to reinstall the app. Also, profile options dont seem to save between installs - namely theme and notification settings.
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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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  • Feb 28, 2021

    By Jason Abrams
    Extremely difficult to navigate. Play a podcast, fall asleep, wake up to find all your battery and data gone. Frequently can't locate my downloads can't get to that menu. Can't get to global settings at all. Ads extremely difficult to close.can't shut off autoplay. Avoid.
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  • Feb 21, 2021

    By Parham Tabatabaee
    Uploads at an insanely low speed. Uploading resets everytime you minimize the app or move it to the background, so you have to be on the app screen the whole time. You can download episodes in-app but there are problems finding the downloaded file in the phone's storage. Number of likes for an episode are frequently miscounted and different numbers are shown when you see the episode in list from when you play it. Many more problems. Cheap, blank, third-rate app.
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  • Mar 3, 2021

    By Joseph Dykes
    Lowered my review score again, because they have removed the BOX token reward. I just lowered this another star because support gave me a lame excuse why they no longer give BOX token award, while at the same time they have increased ads. To make things worse, I'm trying to transfer my BOX tokens and it won't let me. I listened everyday for more than a year and for more than 1 hou Now that I want to cash out, it won't let me!
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  • Feb 23, 2021

    By Rob Claypool
    I've been having some issues with this app every time a notification pops up and I'm playing this app something that is downloaded and save my whole family Library disappears and I have to wait about a minute or so or minute and a half before I can play it again and then when I go do it it starts all over instead of where I left off at its really annoying I was paying for this app but then started using my gold but I did get Stitcher so I might switch......update...STILL NO FIX.fix the stupid ap
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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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  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

  • Wish list Oct 26, 2019

    By idonthaveacatchyname
    I love listening to podcasts and I am constantly trying to find a player that works for me. I like Castbox because if it’s simplicity and for the most part it does what I want and helps me control how I want to listen to podcasts. However there is one thing I wish it would do, I wish it would give me the option to download not the new seat episodes, but the oldest episodes. One thing I really do not like is going through a manually choosing the episodes I want to download. I don’t want to automatically download the most recent. I had a player that I love, it was the RSS Radio player. The option of choosing which episodes to automatically download and it would automatically build my playlist for me in the way I wanted it. I had to get rid of it because since the last update it did no work very well. It was extremely slow or unresponsive, the app kept shutting down, and it would get rid if my podcasts so I had to find them again. If Castbox would give me the option of choosing which ones to automatically download and build my playlist for me, I would consider this perfect. I have chosen to upgrade for now, but I will keep looking for the player that allows me control of how to download and listen. Also, this keeps crashing whenever I’m trying to work on my lists. Thanks for this app overall. You have a great selection and I love that you have old episodes of some of my favorite podcasts.
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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.
    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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  • Feb 6, 2021

    By Patrick Courchesne
    Best platform for all my pods using android phone. Listen everyday and without a glitch. Could be better without the adds. But its free so whatever. Still compares with other major pod apps like Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. But much better. The best feature is the notification of new episodes each day. Love it! I would give it 6 stars if I could.
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  • 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!
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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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  • Jan 25, 2021

    By Jared Miller
    Good app, and I don't mind the ads which are unobtrusive, and it always has every podcast I've ever even thought of listening to. My only complaint is very small. The pointer on the progress bar is too big. If I want to skip ahead or re-listen to a section, I have no clue what part of the pointer constitutes "now." Is it the left edge of the pointer? The right edge? The "forward slash?" Take the timer off the pointer and make it a real pointer with a defined point. Otherwise, thumbs up.
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  • Feb 18, 2021

    By Brandon Chip Baggett
    I have gone through many podcast platforms, and while this one is imperfect, it does far more than what I have seen with other platforms. Using multiple devices and the web app creates a few problems with syncing everything smoothly, but as long as you know that, you can make sure it works as needed.
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  • Mar 6, 2021

    By Jennifer Erskine
    I love almost everything about it. There are occasions that when a text comes in or a fb messenger message that the app shuts down. And yes, I do have it to pause for interruptions. Great selection of podcasts.
  • Feb 9, 2021

    By Mark Cooke
    I'm hoping the battery drain issues are fixed. I came back to this from another player for the auto-skip played option. It also seems to work better at picking up from where you started, unlike some other apps. The rating is because I was auto-subscribed to a bunch of podcasts, which were there after I unsubscribed and had to reinstall the app. Also, profile options dont seem to save between installs - namely theme and notification settings.
    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.
    more
  • 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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  • Feb 25, 2021

    By Ellyse F
    It's been working pretty smoothly. I appreciate that I can access playback options from my lock screen. I also like that it allows me to make playlists. However, it does have some pretty basic limitations. Here's what I'd really like to see: *more playlist options, including shuffle and arranging episodes by date aired *a podcast rating system
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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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  • Mar 3, 2021

    By Joseph Dykes
    Lowered my review score again, because they have removed the BOX token reward. I just lowered this another star because support gave me a lame excuse why they no longer give BOX token award, while at the same time they have increased ads. To make things worse, I'm trying to transfer my BOX tokens and it won't let me. I listened everyday for more than a year and for more than 1 hou Now that I want to cash out, it won't let me!
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  • Jan 15, 2021

    By Ben Meredith
    I've used it for a while and enjoyed it for the most part. a few minor annoyances, but nothing worth writing bad reviews about. Until recently. If a podcast is already downloaded, and I start playing it and hop in my car, by the time I get home this app has used 200+ MB of data, despite the fact that all I've done is played the "downloaded" podcast. So, either it's burning through that much data with ads (I like to have the screen on so that I can pause it if needed), or it's downloading stuff in the background. I don't see a way to turn off all LTE data use for that specific app. I never want it to use my pay-as-you-go data. I'm likely going to have to stop using it if every car trip or walk in the woods is 1/4 of my monthly allotment of data. It's a shame, because I like supporting non-apple-non-google podcast apps.
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  • It’s fine. Mar 11, 2020

    By johnsobe50
    The pros: you can select which podcasts automatically download episodes to your phone and how many eps are downloaded - excellent for older phone owners. There is a great selection of podcasts, too. You can even access patreon podcasts! The cons: the main interface adds too much crap you dont need, such as: the Discover page where you can see podcasts youve never heard of and will never care about or podcasts you cant get away from. The most egregious part of the main interface is the “Community” page where you can find out what every Trump-loving uncle has to say about everything and anything. In addition to those annoyances, there is an actual technical issue where episodes will almost always restart after the ep finishes instead of moving along to the next episode in the queue. The castbox website says to make a separate playlist to circumvent this issue but that seldom works, either.
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  • nightmarish lack of organization Apr 28, 2018

    By feathered
    I am a serious podcast listener and when I imported in just a fraction of the shows I subscribe to, I knew immediately that this app was not built for me. The podcasts display with no discernible organizational scheme, and after having to google organization (because it’s not intuitive) it seems that podcasts can only be sorted by last update—even alphabetical is not available. There is also not way to organize playlists by category, which is a vital option when you have well over a hundred podcasts that you listen to. At the very least, having the option to sort podcasts alphabetically is essential when you like to listen to backlogs, or prefer to save podcasts for a certain mood or task. This seems like it was built for algorithms, not practical human use. Maybe its suggestion algorithm and search are great, but the UI is unusable for me.
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  • Update is awful Oct 1, 2018

    By JFlynn64
    The last few updates have changed the layout and functionality so much each time it’s impossible to keep up. There’s no rhyme or reason i can see as to how these podcasts are organized. All my subscriptions are is no order what so ever. All my most listened to are at the bottom. Downloads are stuck and can’t be downloaded again without exiting out completely and going back in. Downloads are now listed in the most useless order ever. Not even grouped together by podcast just a list of random foolery. I can’t list them as I’d like without the app completely freezing and shutting down. The layout before the last few updates was fine. Now it’s an impossible to use mess that is literally a nightmare to use while in the car. What happened to this apps functionality?!??
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  • Feb 28, 2021

    By Jason Abrams
    Extremely difficult to navigate. Play a podcast, fall asleep, wake up to find all your battery and data gone. Frequently can't locate my downloads can't get to that menu. Can't get to global settings at all. Ads extremely difficult to close.can't shut off autoplay. Avoid.
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  • Feb 21, 2021

    By Parham Tabatabaee
    Uploads at an insanely low speed. Uploading resets everytime you minimize the app or move it to the background, so you have to be on the app screen the whole time. You can download episodes in-app but there are problems finding the downloaded file in the phone's storage. Number of likes for an episode are frequently miscounted and different numbers are shown when you see the episode in list from when you play it. Many more problems. Cheap, blank, third-rate app.
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  • Feb 23, 2021

    By Rob Claypool
    I've been having some issues with this app every time a notification pops up and I'm playing this app something that is downloaded and save my whole family Library disappears and I have to wait about a minute or so or minute and a half before I can play it again and then when I go do it it starts all over instead of where I left off at its really annoying I was paying for this app but then started using my gold but I did get Stitcher so I might switch......update...STILL NO FIX.fix the stupid ap
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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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  • Dec 31, 2020

    By angloo 1959
    It appears I cannot add another review so I will revise mine. From being a 3-4 star app last year, I am downgrading Castbox to 1-2 because it simply stops. In the middle of a podcast. Often. I have to take out my phone if I am walking or cycling and fiddle with phone settings to start it again. If that's not bad enough, it has started skipping in the last few weeks. Playing a blip quickly or simply jumping ahead 3-6 seconds, so that I cannot figure out what was being said or broadcasted. I thought it was only one podcast but it's on several. If I am not responded to and this problem is not solved to my satisfaction, I will be happy to check new podcatchers.
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