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Podcast Player & Podcast App - Castbox

Podcast Player & Podcast App - Castbox

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

4.7 Ratings 250K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
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Ratings & Reviews

4.7
249.9K+ Ratings
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  • Jul 11, 2020

    By Mike Skjerpen
    I really like this app, it has access to all the podcasts I enjoy and makes it easy to discover new stuff. The user interface and user experience is really great. Occasionally an ad will pop up, nothing with a timer or anything, just tap "X" and you're good to go. My ONLY gripe is semi frequent crash. I use it basically all day at work and it will crash a couple times, then I have reopen the app, find the episode, and sometimes even find where I was in the episode. Otherwise, great! Galaxy S20+
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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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  • Aug 3, 2020

    By Tom Mowad
    I like this way more than Stitcher for its playlists and search. There is a max of 10 playlists, I'm not sure whether that is due to this being the free version, or if that is always the max. Not that bad. That said, playlist management confused me (the "remove" button confused me, and there was no undo...oops, which episodes did I just lose track of? ha). Again, still reasonable, for sure. Also, search seems to filter out certain words so its functionality is a bit limited. And, the playback seems to get stuck at times and I'm not sure why. (I'll be sure to use their feature to submit a bug report next time it happens, now that I know how easy that is to find.)
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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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  • Jul 30, 2020

    By Jay White
    Excellent cross-platform podcast app with a built-in social media element. I can play on my phone, then transition to the web player as soon as I get home or to work. Great player features like silence removal and a ton of speed options. UI is a little different than most contemporaries, so learning where everything is will take a couple of sessions, but it's no biggie. Very much recommended. If you really love podcasts, buy the upgrade. Worth it.
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  • Aug 4, 2020

    By Kathryn Cooney
    This app was great for about a year. Recently it has stopped playing my program in the middle of a show. I have to unlock my phone and physically press play again multiple times. I did the update and it didn't help. I will be switching to another platform. I'm bummed to leave it since I liked the look of the library for so long.
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  • Aug 7, 2020

    By Arindam M
    Badly sucks battery even when app is not opened. There are days when I have not opened the app even once, but this is the top app in the "Battery Usage since last Full Charge" - sometimes this battery usage is ~10% all without launching the app even one single time. It's scary - what is it really doing? Uninstalling for now at least.
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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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  • Jun 26, 2020

    By Amanda Hebbard
    This app is the best of a bad bunch when it comes to range of podcasts and general layout/features, however there are SO many different glitches it's infuriating. Sometimes randomly stops playing over and over again, won't display on the lock screen no matter how many times I set it to do that, and often just randomly won't download new episodes for no apparent reason. Customer service is great, but if an app that is made to play podcasts just can't play podcasts, I finally give up.
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  • Crashbox Would Be an Appropriate Name Jul 9, 2020

    By Zenman!
    This app is constantly crashing and freezing up on the latest iOS system and most recent CrashBox “update”. App has very good tools for organizing your favorites, but It’s just frustrating that the app always has some kind of technical glitches that seem to get worse rather than better. It’s so buggy now, that even with my paid Premium membership, it won’t play in the background and I can’t even listen to a podcast without it crashing or freezing. Basically, I can’t even use this app due to bugs and flaws in the design. I don’t think these developers have the ability or enough concern for its customers to bother fixing these issues or they would only occur occasionally rather than routinely. I have used several podcast apps and never had such frequent crashing, freezing and slowness as I get with Castbox. It’s some kind of problem every time over and over and over. Save your money and time and look elsewhere if you want a decent, reliable 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.
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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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  • Jul 30, 2020

    By Jay White
    Excellent cross-platform podcast app with a built-in social media element. I can play on my phone, then transition to the web player as soon as I get home or to work. Great player features like silence removal and a ton of speed options. UI is a little different than most contemporaries, so learning where everything is will take a couple of sessions, but it's no biggie. Very much recommended. If you really love podcasts, buy the upgrade. Worth it.
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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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  • Aug 1, 2020

    By Hanne Davies
    Love this app, really great, easy to use, can use it online too, great how it remembers which episodes you've listened to etc. Minus points I've noticed on deleting and reinstalling the app a few times: 1. Castbox will automatically subscribe to 7ish new podcasts for me each time (please stop) and 2. The autodownload of 3 newest podcasts per subscription is automatically switched on so whenever I redownload the app I need to rush to cancel the download of 100s of episodes.
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  • Jul 11, 2020

    By Mike Skjerpen
    I really like this app, it has access to all the podcasts I enjoy and makes it easy to discover new stuff. The user interface and user experience is really great. Occasionally an ad will pop up, nothing with a timer or anything, just tap "X" and you're good to go. My ONLY gripe is semi frequent crash. I use it basically all day at work and it will crash a couple times, then I have reopen the app, find the episode, and sometimes even find where I was in the episode. Otherwise, great! Galaxy S20+
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  • Aug 6, 2020

    By Arianna Warren
    This app is the best one I've found for podcasts and I've tried a bunch. 4/5 stars simply because there's no desktop app version. (There is a browser version but I'd prefer a desktop app. Also, be forewarned, the Castbox community is... A LOT with a lot of stupid, toxic and/or nonsensical opinions. Have fun!
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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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  • Jul 23, 2020

    By Judie Rutter
    This was 5 stars. I love that it lets you download episodes for when you're out and about but I'm not sure if you're trying to stop developing this app 9r if it's my phone. I've had lots of issues with it in the last few weeks crashing. I love that you can leave feedback on episodes and tweet your thougbts. Thanks for your feedback. I'm not sure what updates you have been doing but it's stopped cutting out for now. I certainly will do as suggested if I have more issues.
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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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  • Aug 3, 2020

    By Tom Mowad
    I like this way more than Stitcher for its playlists and search. There is a max of 10 playlists, I'm not sure whether that is due to this being the free version, or if that is always the max. Not that bad. That said, playlist management confused me (the "remove" button confused me, and there was no undo...oops, which episodes did I just lose track of? ha). Again, still reasonable, for sure. Also, search seems to filter out certain words so its functionality is a bit limited. And, the playback seems to get stuck at times and I'm not sure why. (I'll be sure to use their feature to submit a bug report next time it happens, now that I know how easy that is to find.)
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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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  • 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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  • Jul 22, 2020

    By April
    It closes out at least once or twice an hour while in the middle of listening to a podcast. No, it's not the battery optimization. I have to open the app back up again and find the podcast I had been listening to because it doesn't save it for me to continue. When I find the correct podcast episode and tap on it, it will THEN start from where I had been cut off. I also wish it wouldn't automatically play the "next" podcast when one ends. I haven't found a setting for that if there is one.
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  • Jun 26, 2020

    By Amanda Hebbard
    This app is the best of a bad bunch when it comes to range of podcasts and general layout/features, however there are SO many different glitches it's infuriating. Sometimes randomly stops playing over and over again, won't display on the lock screen no matter how many times I set it to do that, and often just randomly won't download new episodes for no apparent reason. Customer service is great, but if an app that is made to play podcasts just can't play podcasts, I finally give up.
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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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  • Used to be great! Then Ads it broke Jul 4, 2019

    By eblman3
    I loved this app. 3 things I think would make it great again. 1. Fix the glitch where if I pull it up, after having my phone closed that it doesn't crash the app and need to restart 2. Ads, I get it money is good, but please allow the user to adjust the speed or see the podcast they are listening to for 5 seconds before making the ad come back. Currently as soon as I take my finger off the speed eg. 1.8x it pulls it back up. Just makes me upset - with the ad and with you guys. Which shouldn't be happening. 3.Allow for more options with saving the Playlists (more than 10)/and 'Favorite' (otherwise I love the way that it saves the fact that it's a favorite, but doesn't require me to have the episode saved on my phone).
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  • Aug 4, 2020

    By Kathryn Cooney
    This app was great for about a year. Recently it has stopped playing my program in the middle of a show. I have to unlock my phone and physically press play again multiple times. I did the update and it didn't help. I will be switching to another platform. I'm bummed to leave it since I liked the look of the library for so long.
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  • Aug 7, 2020

    By Arindam M
    Badly sucks battery even when app is not opened. There are days when I have not opened the app even once, but this is the top app in the "Battery Usage since last Full Charge" - sometimes this battery usage is ~10% all without launching the app even one single time. It's scary - what is it really doing? Uninstalling for now at least.
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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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  • Crashbox Would Be an Appropriate Name Jul 9, 2020

    By Zenman!
    This app is constantly crashing and freezing up on the latest iOS system and most recent CrashBox “update”. App has very good tools for organizing your favorites, but It’s just frustrating that the app always has some kind of technical glitches that seem to get worse rather than better. It’s so buggy now, that even with my paid Premium membership, it won’t play in the background and I can’t even listen to a podcast without it crashing or freezing. Basically, I can’t even use this app due to bugs and flaws in the design. I don’t think these developers have the ability or enough concern for its customers to bother fixing these issues or they would only occur occasionally rather than routinely. I have used several podcast apps and never had such frequent crashing, freezing and slowness as I get with Castbox. It’s some kind of problem every time over and over and over. Save your money and time and look elsewhere if you want a decent, reliable podcast app.
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  • Jun 4, 2020

    By John Kinsky
    Really like this app; however recent updates have increased ad frequency to the point where the player is literally unusable. I mean i can't listen to streaming podcasts for more than about 30 seconds before an ad interrupts the stream. I understand the need to monetize startups, but there should be a reasonable trade off. I tried paying for the app in the past, but the payment process failed. Too bad. If the problems are fixed I'll reinstall. Until then...
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