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Pocket Casts - Podcast Player

Pocket Casts - Podcast Player

Podcast Media LLC

Pocket Casts is the world's most powerful podcast platform

4.2 Ratings 74K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
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Ratings & Reviews

4.2
74.0K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    65%
  2. 4
    14%
  3. 3
    6%
  4. 2
    5%
  5. 1
    10%
  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Steve Campbell
    I paid for premium quite a few years ago and loved the app. I've been using other podcast apps for a bit but recently came back to Pocket casts. It works well, I can connect easily to my Google Nests / Home with no issues. Pocket Casts has all my favourite podcasts, plus new ones I keep finding, there's also quite a bit of niche podcasts as well. Great app.
    more
  • Look beyond the Apple store average and give Pocket Cast a look...you will not be disappointed! Dec 13, 2019

    By Spinnaker093
    I have been an Audible junkie for the past 5 years and just started listening to Podcasts about 6 months ago. I have literally tried most of the podcast apps (The Podcast App, Overcast, Castbox, Podbean, Himalaya, Breaker and Castro) in search of the best podcast app. To be honest, I did not try Pocket Casts because of the low rating on Apple App Store. I downloaded the Pocket Cast app the other day and think they have one of the best (if not the best) user interface of any podcast app I have tried with the best functionality. The interface is smooth, they have very playback effect available (speed control, trim the silence and volume boost), an easy to access notes section that gives you the option to jump to a certain section of the podcast if available, and a nice way to organize the podcasts you subscribe to (although Castbox give the greatest control). In addition, you can stream via Chromecast (not all apps provide this) and a really nice iPad app that syncs nicely with you iPhone app. This is really a great app! Look past the overall score of this app on the Apple store and give this app a look. You will not regret it!
    more
  • I’m sad that I have to switch to another app May 21, 2020

    By AkaAdonis
    I’ve been using that app for well over two years. Since then, it’s been my go to for podcasts because it has a great interface and is easy to use. However, I don’t know why but I’ve been having so many problems with it lately. The main one is that podcasts won’t load. I don’t always have space on my phone to download my podcasts since I take a lot of photos and video on a day to day basis, meaning I stream a lot of my content. For some reason, I always have problems with podcasts from this app recently. It’ll load a couple of seconds, then it will refuse to play anything for a while, then all of a sudden it’ll start working again. It’s not like I’m losing internet connection, as it will even happen on WiFi. Sometimes it’ll even do it with downloaded podcasts. Then I have even more problems with CarPlay. If I plug my phone in to use pocket casts, sometimes it’ll just completely freeze everything on my phone until I unplug and restart my phone. It’s only with this app. That all being said, I still enjoyed my time with this app and I loved its simplicity, which is why I’m sad to see it go now that I’m switching to another app that doesn’t give me these problems. I’ll come back eventually if these bugs get fixed. Till then, so long my friend.
    more
  • Oct 20, 2020

    By Adam Rutter
    This is one of the coolest podcast app that I have come across to date. I can "star" a podcast that I would like to download in the future, and (like any podcast app), I can also search for my favourite podcasts, which are arranged in different subject matter. What I also like about this app, and that is it does not use any third-party app. With so many podcast apps out there, I think this one beats the lot.
    more
  • Oct 21, 2020

    By Rachel Kite
    Update: glitch was fixed. It was not a battery issue. App is back to working as expected, which is quite well. 🙂 Previous: Was a very servicable podcast player until today. With the newest update, the pod cast randomly stops play after a minute or two. If I pick up up my phone it might start playing again. Glitch??
    more
  • Oct 15, 2020

    By Shannon Kennan
    I'm so sad. I've used (and loved) Pocket Casts for years. But after the recent update, I get constant buffering and lagging even with downloaded episodes. Also, the buffering episodes day they are streaming when they're not supposed to be. It makes me wonder if they actually are downloading or if it's now streaming everything regardless. It's frustrating and I'm getting ready to switch to a different player.
    more
  • Bad update, unprofessional response Mar 10, 2019

    By idontwantafrigginnickame
    I was glad to find Pocket Casts at first. It was a decent cross-platform app, with a couple weird quirks, but the best option for me. I opted into the beta and wasn’t as fond of it, but decided to give it some time for me to adjust and explore. Some basic, useful features were lacking or implemented strangely and the UI change was a huge step back, considerably less intuitive. Unfortunately, they didn’t really improve on any of these problems for the release despite feedback from users. I know it’s impossible to give every user what they want. Plus, so many users are too entitled and demanding. That doesn’t warrant not listening to them at all, or responding flippantly and condescendingly to feedback. Many of the developer responses have been deleted because it “doesn’t represent who they are” (except ... yes it does, because that’s literally how they’re representing themselves). I’m not surprised to see the drop in their ratings, which they reset recently in hopes of erasing the negative ones, I guess? They already have the money of existing users, so maybe they don’t feel like it’s as important to respect them. But I know I will no longer be recommending Pocket Casts to anyone else. Fortunately, there are cross-platform alternatives I look forward to checking out instead, like Castbox.
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  • Oct 17, 2020

    By Matt J
    I hung with it after the big UI changes, when the development team started to seem really tone-deaf. However, I just swapped my SD card, copying all my files over, and Pocket Casts CAN NO LONGER PLAY the podcasts that are right there in its specified folder. There's apparently some kind of short-sighted cataloging that goes on in the background, so if you have a big backlog and switch phones or even just SD cards, you'll then just have a big ol' folder of randomly named MP3s. Time for a switch.
    more
  • BELIEVE the negative reviews!!! Oct 19, 2020

    By JJJ754
    You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than these developers. That may seem harsh, but it’s the truth. They love to take your money and give you nothing back for it. “You paid us money for the app when we promised no subscriptions or freemiums? Hah, thanks for the dough, sucker, we’re going free and not even giving you a trial of our now locked behind a paywall features!” Ethical developers have always grandfathered in purchasers of their apps when the go subscription, but these guys failed ethics in college. Just look at how many disgruntled customers they responded to, if you don’t believe me. I.E, NONE of them. Now, as for the app itself, it’s a miracle if it plays the full podcast. If it works on CarPlay, it’s another miracle! If the audio doesn’t constantly cut out, holy cow, call the Pope because this app is only four miracles away from sainthood! Maybe they’ve locked usability behind the paywall, as well. To summarize, don’t use this. Don’t even gaze in its direction. And especially don’t give these shady thieves a dollar of your money. You could spend it much better on a cheeseburger, thumb tacks, an empty cardboard box, or just by burning it and blowing the ashes in the wind.
    more
  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Azhar Zaman
    It's a very well thought out app in some areas. But there are other areas like the download screen where you can't sort your downloaded podcasts, so are just left with a list of hundreds of podcasts to scroll through. Please add more filtering and sorting options to the downloaded podcasts screen.
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  1. Smart design interface changes colors to complement beautiful podcast artwork
  2. Go mobile or listen at home! Full compatibility with Android Wear and Chromecast
  3. “Pocket Casts is the best podcast app for Android.” - AndroidCentral

Reviewed by Kaylin on March 7, 2018

  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Steve Campbell
    I paid for premium quite a few years ago and loved the app. I've been using other podcast apps for a bit but recently came back to Pocket casts. It works well, I can connect easily to my Google Nests / Home with no issues. Pocket Casts has all my favourite podcasts, plus new ones I keep finding, there's also quite a bit of niche podcasts as well. Great app.
    more
  • Look beyond the Apple store average and give Pocket Cast a look...you will not be disappointed! Dec 13, 2019

    By Spinnaker093
    I have been an Audible junkie for the past 5 years and just started listening to Podcasts about 6 months ago. I have literally tried most of the podcast apps (The Podcast App, Overcast, Castbox, Podbean, Himalaya, Breaker and Castro) in search of the best podcast app. To be honest, I did not try Pocket Casts because of the low rating on Apple App Store. I downloaded the Pocket Cast app the other day and think they have one of the best (if not the best) user interface of any podcast app I have tried with the best functionality. The interface is smooth, they have very playback effect available (speed control, trim the silence and volume boost), an easy to access notes section that gives you the option to jump to a certain section of the podcast if available, and a nice way to organize the podcasts you subscribe to (although Castbox give the greatest control). In addition, you can stream via Chromecast (not all apps provide this) and a really nice iPad app that syncs nicely with you iPhone app. This is really a great app! Look past the overall score of this app on the Apple store and give this app a look. You will not regret it!
    more
  • Oct 20, 2020

    By Adam Rutter
    This is one of the coolest podcast app that I have come across to date. I can "star" a podcast that I would like to download in the future, and (like any podcast app), I can also search for my favourite podcasts, which are arranged in different subject matter. What I also like about this app, and that is it does not use any third-party app. With so many podcast apps out there, I think this one beats the lot.
    more
  • Oct 21, 2020

    By Rachel Kite
    Update: glitch was fixed. It was not a battery issue. App is back to working as expected, which is quite well. 🙂 Previous: Was a very servicable podcast player until today. With the newest update, the pod cast randomly stops play after a minute or two. If I pick up up my phone it might start playing again. Glitch??
    more
  • Great update Oct 6, 2020

    By b-lake624
    Awesome app. So glad development is continuing!! However, Goldilocks still wants ability to filter per podcast instead of in the filtering menu. There’s only 3 out of 7 podcasts that I listen to regularly that put out duplicate or occasional unwanted content. The “filtering” additions are neat, it just doesn’t help in my situation. Podcast A puts out a 40 minute “best of” that I would rather not download, let alone add to up next. Podcast B and C release 20-40 minute podcasts that I do want to listen to. Occasionally they release 3-10 minute episodes that I would rather not download. In this case the one size fits all filter doesn’t help. And there is the wasted auto download of unwanted episodes that limit legitimate episodes from staying on my phone. The filtering is a cool feature, but it would work much better if you could apply filtering within each podcast’s settings -which would limit auto downloading - rather than an external filter for queuing episodes. I hope my explanation of how I use your app helps guide future development. This app is already hands down the best podcast app. P.S. Please allow a setting to control Apple watch’s playback controls. I specifically want to permanently remove playback speed. I can think of no instance where someone would need to consistently alter the speed at which someone is talking. Thanks for your time and further development!!
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  • Excellent Podcast App for the Non-Power User Mar 10, 2019

    By Trevozneoma
    If you are like me and just want a cross platform podcast application to listen to your five or so podcasts on a weekly basis, then Pocket Casts is a great option. I understand that there are a number of complaints about the most recent update which speak to legitimate regressions in functionality for power users, however, this is a legitimately good podcast application that works for my particular needs which include Google Cast support, and the ability to operate it with my voice without having to unlock my phone (like while I am driving). That being said, I still face one issue where Google Cast support can get a bit wonky requiring me to force quit the app, reopen it and reconnect. If the team can squash that bug then this app is perfect for my needs.
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  • Oct 16, 2020

    By Farukh Ali
    Can you please add an extra filter for starred episodes to sort them by 'recently added'? Also, please introduce the playlist option where we can add our starred episodes categorically and keep them organized. Current layout allows maximum 4 subscriptions in a row (talking about 2nd filter in layout). Can you add another filter in layout which allow more than 4 subscriptions in a row so that we have more icons in one page and a little small size of icons?
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  • New user on the new version Jun 8, 2019

    By Stackblocks
    I didn’t have any particular attachment to the old way the app worked so I can review it with a fresh slate, and I have to say I like it. - I love being able to fine-tune the tidying up of my subscription feeds with unplayed / in progress / archived / played. Having played episodes handled differently from episodes I wasn’t interested in at the time makes it easy to go back through the archives later when I’m looking to comb through the backlog. - The synched “Next Up” list travels with me between my phone, home, and office computers. - The swiping gestures to parse episodes is a lot smoother than having to tap on every episode to add to queue as a three press operation. - Discoverability is fine but angled more towards the major podcasts you’ve probably already heard of. - The filters fill the role of playlists nicely with a little extra power behind them. - Occasionally has some issues with streaming an episode but that has happened maybe twice in the time since the major update. - You do have to pay for the app in multiple places if you want to use the phone / desktop / web apps, but it is reasonably priced for a well developed app.
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  • Random playlist, PLEASE. Mar 5, 2020

    By Genewashere
    I’ve been using the app for some time and really enjoy it. My only request, since I subscribe to far too many podcasts to be able to hear every episode of any of them, is for an option for a randomly-selected playlist. i.e. For podcast A, I want to hear episodes from oldest to newest; For podcast B, I want to hear them from newest to oldest; For podcast C, I don’t have a preference for the order. Why can’t I find a player that will randomly pick a podcast to which I am subscribed and play me the next episode from the above-described criteria? Am I the only person who doesn’t listen to every episode of every podcast to which they subscribe???
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  • Decent app Aug 20, 2019

    By Shuby125
    I listen to over 300 podcasts on this app and the organization is great. There’s a few things I wish it could do. When searching for podcasts it only shows a limited list of podcasts in each category and not all of them. Obscure podcasts can be very hard to find if you don’t remember the exact name of the podcast. It would be super helpful if the podcast itself could be archived and not only individual episodes. I keep podcasts I’ve finished because I’ll accidentally restart podcasts if I unsubscribe from them when I’m done. Being able archive a podcast would clean up my main page a lot!
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  • I’m sad that I have to switch to another app May 21, 2020

    By AkaAdonis
    I’ve been using that app for well over two years. Since then, it’s been my go to for podcasts because it has a great interface and is easy to use. However, I don’t know why but I’ve been having so many problems with it lately. The main one is that podcasts won’t load. I don’t always have space on my phone to download my podcasts since I take a lot of photos and video on a day to day basis, meaning I stream a lot of my content. For some reason, I always have problems with podcasts from this app recently. It’ll load a couple of seconds, then it will refuse to play anything for a while, then all of a sudden it’ll start working again. It’s not like I’m losing internet connection, as it will even happen on WiFi. Sometimes it’ll even do it with downloaded podcasts. Then I have even more problems with CarPlay. If I plug my phone in to use pocket casts, sometimes it’ll just completely freeze everything on my phone until I unplug and restart my phone. It’s only with this app. That all being said, I still enjoyed my time with this app and I loved its simplicity, which is why I’m sad to see it go now that I’m switching to another app that doesn’t give me these problems. I’ll come back eventually if these bugs get fixed. Till then, so long my friend.
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  • Syncing is still really bad if you listen on two devices. Jul 18, 2019

    By cecoleman
    There are many good things about PocketCast (Video Support, Playback Effects, background downloading, notifications, etc.). But there are three things that bother me. 1) If you listen on an iPad and and iPhone regularly your syncing will be messed up all the time. For instance, open iPad app and watch a video show. Then open on your phone later an audio show and stop. Perhaps that evening you open your iPad again to resume the video you were watching that morning. It will sync the iPad back to your iPhone the play position of your audio podcast from that morning, not where you left off on your iPhone later in the day. I’m constantly opening Pocket Casts on my phone to find that my listening position was reverted back 20-30 minutes earlier than I left off. 2) I think the playback screen has an unnecessary bar at the bottom with the tools. Remove that bar and just put the icons for playback effects and others without it. 3) The cover art for the podcast is not centered properly on the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max iPhone. That’s just poor design. Please Russell and Co. fix these problems.
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  • Oct 18, 2020

    By Clint Mayer
    I finally updated to the new UI after nearly two years of staying on 6.4.15 and overall I like it. There is some significant lag though compared to the old version. When casting, the pause/play button will sometimes freak out and get out of sync. Was glad that it didn't take long to get the multiselect support that I was used to. I only had to wait from 7.11 to 7.12
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  • Oct 23, 2020

    By Alex DeMartino
    I love having the ability to have my podcast list synced across my devices, but your app only works on some of my devices and it just stops play at time which kills the experience. Update 9/10 The app has started just stopping no reason why, but it's annoying 9/14 went through the battery optimization and still crashed. Just sent the debug log, please let me know. 10/23/20 still having the issue where the app just stops.
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  • Oct 17, 2020

    By Lucrece Borgia
    I love this app, but since the update I've been having trouble with it "losing" my downloaded podcasts. A reboot of the phone sorts it, but it's cumbersome to have to do that every time.
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  • Oct 15, 2020

    By Shannon Kennan
    I'm so sad. I've used (and loved) Pocket Casts for years. But after the recent update, I get constant buffering and lagging even with downloaded episodes. Also, the buffering episodes day they are streaming when they're not supposed to be. It makes me wonder if they actually are downloading or if it's now streaming everything regardless. It's frustrating and I'm getting ready to switch to a different player.
    more
  • Bad update, unprofessional response Mar 10, 2019

    By idontwantafrigginnickame
    I was glad to find Pocket Casts at first. It was a decent cross-platform app, with a couple weird quirks, but the best option for me. I opted into the beta and wasn’t as fond of it, but decided to give it some time for me to adjust and explore. Some basic, useful features were lacking or implemented strangely and the UI change was a huge step back, considerably less intuitive. Unfortunately, they didn’t really improve on any of these problems for the release despite feedback from users. I know it’s impossible to give every user what they want. Plus, so many users are too entitled and demanding. That doesn’t warrant not listening to them at all, or responding flippantly and condescendingly to feedback. Many of the developer responses have been deleted because it “doesn’t represent who they are” (except ... yes it does, because that’s literally how they’re representing themselves). I’m not surprised to see the drop in their ratings, which they reset recently in hopes of erasing the negative ones, I guess? They already have the money of existing users, so maybe they don’t feel like it’s as important to respect them. But I know I will no longer be recommending Pocket Casts to anyone else. Fortunately, there are cross-platform alternatives I look forward to checking out instead, like Castbox.
    more
  • Oct 17, 2020

    By Matt J
    I hung with it after the big UI changes, when the development team started to seem really tone-deaf. However, I just swapped my SD card, copying all my files over, and Pocket Casts CAN NO LONGER PLAY the podcasts that are right there in its specified folder. There's apparently some kind of short-sighted cataloging that goes on in the background, so if you have a big backlog and switch phones or even just SD cards, you'll then just have a big ol' folder of randomly named MP3s. Time for a switch.
    more
  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Azhar Zaman
    It's a very well thought out app in some areas. But there are other areas like the download screen where you can't sort your downloaded podcasts, so are just left with a list of hundreds of podcasts to scroll through. Please add more filtering and sorting options to the downloaded podcasts screen.
    more
  • Oct 16, 2020

    By Shabbir Patel
    I'm on Android 11 and the app was working fine, however with this latest update, it seems to no longer play anything over Bluetooth in my car. My device is fine as phone calls, and other apps like Spotify work over Bluetooth it's just Pocket Casts right now that seems to be the issue
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  • BELIEVE the negative reviews!!! Oct 19, 2020

    By JJJ754
    You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than these developers. That may seem harsh, but it’s the truth. They love to take your money and give you nothing back for it. “You paid us money for the app when we promised no subscriptions or freemiums? Hah, thanks for the dough, sucker, we’re going free and not even giving you a trial of our now locked behind a paywall features!” Ethical developers have always grandfathered in purchasers of their apps when the go subscription, but these guys failed ethics in college. Just look at how many disgruntled customers they responded to, if you don’t believe me. I.E, NONE of them. Now, as for the app itself, it’s a miracle if it plays the full podcast. If it works on CarPlay, it’s another miracle! If the audio doesn’t constantly cut out, holy cow, call the Pope because this app is only four miracles away from sainthood! Maybe they’ve locked usability behind the paywall, as well. To summarize, don’t use this. Don’t even gaze in its direction. And especially don’t give these shady thieves a dollar of your money. You could spend it much better on a cheeseburger, thumb tacks, an empty cardboard box, or just by burning it and blowing the ashes in the wind.
    more
  • AVOID! Bought app before subscription, +30GB DATA ABUSE! Apr 22, 2020

    By Readdle Stole $9.99
    30GB of data... Not the first time it has happened, and it’s absolutely ridiculous. Especially since I originally paid for the app before they decided to change to a subscription service, and receive none of the features I paid for. I have turned off every “Download” or “files” feature, so it is not user error. I uncheck the “In progress” and “played” options in storage and data usage as well, only to see them turned back on immediately after exiting. If this is a bug it is a hell of an costly one on my end. After getting ripped off after buying the app already on multiple devices that was then switched to a subscription service, it’s nice to add the 30+GB of monthly data on top of that. I just hope that the same hasn’t happened to the people I recommended this app too not long ago. As for now, just another company totally fine with ripping paying customers off with a blatant money grab! DO NOT DOWNLOAD!
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  • Bad Update Took Away Favourite Feature! Sep 20, 2019

    By Click&Burn
    This app was my favourite cross-platform for the last few years and I rated it highly due to the control and customisation of podcast management. Then they removed my favourite feature: ‘Auto Cleanup’ in the recent v7 update. I travel a lot and can be without internet on planes, underground and in dead spot areas, and the Auto Cleanup settings allowed me to keep only the newest / relevant 1 to 5 episodes of my news, entertainment and information podcasts. Bring back pre-v7 ASAP, totally wrong decision to overhaul it by far for the worse. So I’ve left this app behind, and they even ‘reset’ their ratings, it went from the top rated podcast app to worst with one update to v7, hundreds of 1 star reviews have been removed, don’t waste your money! UPDATE: so now it’s ‘gone free’ to subscription payment mode - the money I did pay for it is now worthless, just like this app. Successfully destroyed the app from version 6 to now. Goodbye!
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  • Why am I surprised they charge for Apple Watch support? Jul 21, 2020

    By FTW28
    The shift from great podcast player to nickel and diming developers has been extremely irritating over the last year. They released a badly thought out redesign. They updated it a bit but also implemented a subscription feature that no one asked for and provided almost no value whatsoever. And now recently to top it all off, they finally introduced syncing support with Apple Watch but it’s behind their premium subscription. I am all for supporting developers who work hard and make great apps, but I get angry every time I open the app and hit a paywall screen for some of the most basic iOS functionality. I highly recommend (and will be going myself) to Overcast. They figured out the correct way to charge for optional ads for ongoing support and include watch functionality for free. Don’t waste your time with PocketCast.
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  • Oy... I wished this worked the way I wanted it to. May 2, 2019

    By danacasto
    When I decided to purchase and download this app, I was optimistic that it was going to be way better than Apple’s Podcast app. I was compelled by the emphasis on syncing between devices with an account and downloading. Use of it with CarPlay and Apple Watch along side the app on my phone was another key indication that I’d like this app. However, I often workout or do things without intentional access to my phone and I’d like to listen to Pocket Casts via my Watch and AirPods without access to a data network, cellular or WiFi. I’ve downloaded podcasts and looked for settings in iOS (and web version) that would support being able to do what I have outlined above. However, I am unable to get my watch with pocket casts on it to work independently of a network or being alongside my phone. This is a dealbreaker and now I find this app to be useless.
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