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The podcast app: listen to popular podcasts with the best podcast player

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Ratings & Reviews

4.7
153.1K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    84+%
  2. 4
    10+%
  3. 3
    2+%
  4. 2
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  5. 1
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  • Dec 1, 2020

    By D Smith
    Appreciate the option to have something to listen to, however I do experience problems on a regular basis. It doesn't always load new episodes on time, and will continue to repeat about 15 seconds back on occasion. That makes listening to an episode cumbersome and annoying.
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  • I like it like it - UPDATED FOR DEVELOPER Sep 24, 2019

    By tibbys
    I appreciate sorting the episodes in order by date, I like to go the beginning of where it started. Two annoying things worth mentioning. It stopped automatically playing the next episode ***(I’m listening to Radiolab only right now so I don’t know if it’s other podcasts. I just texted it before replying to you. Finished listening to an episode from last night. Made sure my setting was still to auto play the next one and sure enough, nothing happened)***. I don’t know why. I had the setting to do so, and it was working fine, then it stopped. I checked the settings and it hasn’t changed so not sure what to do. And two....Once I’ve listened to, let’s say 30 episodes (a lot is the point here), since the next episode isn’t playing automatically, I go to the list and have to painfully scroll down until I find the next episode. Ok a third. Commercials are annoying.
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  • Long way from Tennessee May 7, 2020

    By thankful in pa
    What an encouragement to me as a wife and a mom of two young adult men! I feel like this message is so vital to many around me and the key to first, viewing our service and relationship to christ, and second, the key to especially successful relationships and marriage. This was the first time listening to your church message, and I must confess, I was “checking you out”since my college age son attends your church. He is a long way from home in pa, and I prayed his whole first year in Tennessee that he would find a Bible believing and preaching family where he could hear truth, grow in his faith, and serve. Thank you lord for delivering such a sweet answer to prayer on all three counts. And thank you for these days where we are confined, even as believers, forced to seek alternative means of spiritual food and fellowship. So blessed by your message, and by the support I now know my son has spiritually hundreds of miles from home! Bless you all!
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  • Nov 29, 2020

    By Kristen Thiebault
    Love this app. Love that I can shut my screen off and it still runs...can download episodes to listen to off wifi. Sometimes the episode comes to an abrupt stop and I have to open the app and hit play again. Happens both on and off wifi. Otherwise love it
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  • Only App that is designed for talk podcasts and not music. May 8, 2019

    By sbowers9
    Podbean is the only podcast app that I've found that when I press the back button on my Bluetooth device, it takes me back 30 seconds on my current podcast. When I press the back key on all the other apps, it takes me to the previous podcast. I don't want to leave my podcast, I just want to re-hear the last 30 seconds because I either didn't understand something that was being said or I was distracted and just want to hear it again. All the other apps - Apple, Stitcher... are designed for music and think you want to go back to the prior song. It's really frustrating because I have to look at my phone, while I'm driving to hit the back 30 seconds button. But with Podbean, I keep my eyes on the road and just tap the back button on my Bluetooth device and I can simply rewind the last 30 seconds - perfect!
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  • Nov 29, 2020

    By downhilluk
    App used to be fantastic. Now since the latest update it constantly crashes every 10 or 15 minutes and you have to go in to the app and reset the podcast or close the whole app and start again. Very disappointing and a step backwards. Now downloaded 8.2.1 as instructed and exactly the same
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  • Glitchy, difficult to navigate Oct 10, 2020

    By OtherGh
    Glitchy- If I press pause or hit the back button more than once or twice during a podcast, it will stop playing. Won’t go back, won’t go forward, won’t play. I’ve closed and reopened the app. Tried starting a different podcast, then gone back to the one that stopped- no change. The only way it will start again is to close the app for several days (ridiculous) or if I delete and reload the app. Due to this issue I would never use it, but a favorite podcast has bonus content only on Podbean so I listen only to that podcast on the app. Difficult to navigate- I’ve probably got about 30 podcasts saved on my Podcast app. My list of shows and episodes comes up immediately and is easy to navigate and toggle through. Using Podbean is like “50 First Dates”- I’m greeted with a generic home screen with no mention of my listening history and recommendations that clearly aren’t relevant. I have to search for the ONE show I listen to every. single. time. Once you finally get to the show you want, you have to go into a menu to have your episode list refresh- otherwise you’d never know that another episode had been released. Glitchy, not intuitive, cumbersome.
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  • Dec 1, 2020

    By Dennis Wright
    Why can't you search by episode anymore after the last update. You can only search by podcast name or author now. That was one of the most useful features of this app. It actually HELPED introduce me to podcasts I otherwise would never have known about. Please restore that function.
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  • Nov 27, 2020

    By Becky Albertson
    Loved this app. Now I am always having some kind of issue. Have my favorites & have them all set from oldest to newest & on several of then i try to open to listen & it throws an error can not open on them which really makes me mad. Then i can be driving to work & listening, the end of the episode comes & instead of going to the next episode it just gets stuck so i have to assist it or it just shows nothing to play & has shut down so i have to go find my postcast & the next eposi
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  • Dec 1, 2020

    By S Peterson
    Kind of a creepy app. It seems to start automatically, even when I've forced it to stop. And then podcasts will stop in the middle of being played. I'm deleting it.
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  1. Nominated for Top Podcast Player App for Android and iOS by TCC, with over 30,000 reviews in the Google Play Store
  2. All your favorites, available instantly! Joel Osteen, Dave Ramsey, ESPN, The Nerdist, Startup, How Stuff Works, Bloomberg, Showtime, NPR, NASA, & more
  3. Multiple ways to search for your faves: by podcast name, by author name, or by episode title; plus browsing by categories or Top Trending

Reviewed by Kaylin on March 7, 2018

  • I like it like it - UPDATED FOR DEVELOPER Sep 24, 2019

    By tibbys
    I appreciate sorting the episodes in order by date, I like to go the beginning of where it started. Two annoying things worth mentioning. It stopped automatically playing the next episode ***(I’m listening to Radiolab only right now so I don’t know if it’s other podcasts. I just texted it before replying to you. Finished listening to an episode from last night. Made sure my setting was still to auto play the next one and sure enough, nothing happened)***. I don’t know why. I had the setting to do so, and it was working fine, then it stopped. I checked the settings and it hasn’t changed so not sure what to do. And two....Once I’ve listened to, let’s say 30 episodes (a lot is the point here), since the next episode isn’t playing automatically, I go to the list and have to painfully scroll down until I find the next episode. Ok a third. Commercials are annoying.
    more
  • Long way from Tennessee May 7, 2020

    By thankful in pa
    What an encouragement to me as a wife and a mom of two young adult men! I feel like this message is so vital to many around me and the key to first, viewing our service and relationship to christ, and second, the key to especially successful relationships and marriage. This was the first time listening to your church message, and I must confess, I was “checking you out”since my college age son attends your church. He is a long way from home in pa, and I prayed his whole first year in Tennessee that he would find a Bible believing and preaching family where he could hear truth, grow in his faith, and serve. Thank you lord for delivering such a sweet answer to prayer on all three counts. And thank you for these days where we are confined, even as believers, forced to seek alternative means of spiritual food and fellowship. So blessed by your message, and by the support I now know my son has spiritually hundreds of miles from home! Bless you all!
    more
  • Only App that is designed for talk podcasts and not music. May 8, 2019

    By sbowers9
    Podbean is the only podcast app that I've found that when I press the back button on my Bluetooth device, it takes me back 30 seconds on my current podcast. When I press the back key on all the other apps, it takes me to the previous podcast. I don't want to leave my podcast, I just want to re-hear the last 30 seconds because I either didn't understand something that was being said or I was distracted and just want to hear it again. All the other apps - Apple, Stitcher... are designed for music and think you want to go back to the prior song. It's really frustrating because I have to look at my phone, while I'm driving to hit the back 30 seconds button. But with Podbean, I keep my eyes on the road and just tap the back button on my Bluetooth device and I can simply rewind the last 30 seconds - perfect!
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  • Problem w/Lower Speed: Echo. Aug 17, 2020

    By Mhfykfkydykdyj
    Slowing this app down just adds an echo or delay. Talk about a grating, unsatisfying, crude, low-tech approach! If, however, you are one of the 99 percentile then you use this app to speed up your podcast & this idiosyncrasy isn’t an issue. For 50% speed just say everything twice: I I can’t can’t stand stand this this app app but but it’s it’s all all I I have have on on my my iPhone iPhone that’ll that’ll play play .80x 80x!! Why slow down speed? Comprehension & retention. Technical podcasts are how to follow at high speeds. Trying to recall & share a partially understood podcast is impossible. Whether the subject matter is Covid-19 or nutri-genomics, politics, sociology, psychology, physiology, or comedy if you want to understand it enough to intelligently share: slow-it-down ...but without the annoying echo!
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  • Beyond irritated. Nov 30, 2017

    By guckyV
    I have constant buffering problems on the app. At home, at work, everywhere. I know the automatic response is going to be “It’s your connection.”, but it isn’t. It’s not a WiFi issue, because Podbean is the ONLY issue I have on my phone. The worst thing is that if I have to pause a long podcast, I know when I go back to it that it will try to start where I left off but will never play. It just buffers. Right now, as I type this, I’ve been waiting for 15 minutes hoping that an episode of “Something to Wrestle” will start back up but it won’t. I’ll have to shut off and restart my phone just for the app to work again. I liked the app at first but it has become absolute garbage in the last couple weeks. I’m never using Podbean, again.
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  • Nov 29, 2020

    By Kristen Thiebault
    Love this app. Love that I can shut my screen off and it still runs...can download episodes to listen to off wifi. Sometimes the episode comes to an abrupt stop and I have to open the app and hit play again. Happens both on and off wifi. Otherwise love it
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  • Best podcast app I’ve found Apr 24, 2020

    By TEP1115
    The features I love about this app are: -Very easy to make playlists (the main thing I couldn’t find on several other free apps!) -Keeps listen history so I can easily return to a podcast I didn’t follow or save to a playlist -Customizable order in which episodes and follow list appear (oldest, newest, etc) -In general just very easy to keep track of the podcasts I want to listen to Thankfully, all of the bugs/ features I don’t like are pretty minor, but it would definitely improve the experience if they were fixed: -Often pauses immediately after I click play, so I have to hit play again. I listen on Bluetooth and saw another review mention this same problem. -Audio controls disappear from lock screen if you pause for more than a couple seconds (saw this in another review as well) -When I’m browsing the app and the episode is paused, clicking anywhere on the bottom bar to return to the episode (not just the play icon in the bottom right) automatically plays it. I think there should be a way to return to the episode while keeping it paused, and it should only play if I hit a play icon. -The green downloaded icon does not always appear by recently downloaded episodes, so I frequently have to double check -The skip 15/30s doesn’t work when the episode is paused -It would be nice if the catalog of shows/categories was more extensive in order to discover more new shows.
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  • Dec 1, 2020

    By Christopher Tyndale-Biscoe
    Still a great app, but a lot of the podcasts that I follow are not automatically coming up under the 'New Episodes' tab, and I have to go into the podcast's specific tab in order to see their new episodes. hope that makes sense and hope that there's some solution
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  • Good stuff! Jun 3, 2020

    By Big Squash
    Really good podcast, especially when practitioners are interviewed (like a Wes Beavis). The celebrity Christian interviews aren’t that helpful (IMO) from a practical standpoint since it’s like visiting a another church at a conference— what worked in one place doesn’t necessarily work in another. Also, Steve said a couple inconsistent things in his recent cast with Brendan Reed. Steve said integrity was important to him but he later related two examples where he purposely lied to the elders and purposely preached a poor sermon, both to try and “correct” his personal thought and behavior. Really? I get wanting to see personal growth in oneself and leadership team, but does the end justify the means? Seems to make an idol out of “managing leadership anxiety” over against the need for God’s people to hear the good news of Jesus. Anyway, still a great show and I look forward to it. Peace.
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  • Love the app, but.. Oct 11, 2017

    By ABamaBelle
    Well, I had high hopes that the new update would fix the ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ podcast, which hasn’t worked for quite a good while. Unfortunately it is still not working..will not download or play at all. If you look at the comments on the podcast, you will see that others are complaining about this as well. I would appreciate it if you could look into this and get it back up and running again. Please and thank you. I received your email reply to my review, which stated: “Thanks for your feedback. We checked the ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ podcast. It is password-protected content. That's why you could not play it.” Ok...and the solution to the problem is...what??What do I have to do to have the right to make it play again, because it used to work for me just fine?? Thanks.
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  • Dec 1, 2020

    By D Smith
    Appreciate the option to have something to listen to, however I do experience problems on a regular basis. It doesn't always load new episodes on time, and will continue to repeat about 15 seconds back on occasion. That makes listening to an episode cumbersome and annoying.
    more
  • Nov 25, 2020

    By Harry Pehkonen
    Works OK. Sometimes you end up with the same podcast auto-downloaded twice. Some downloaded podcasts won't play (just spin) until you enable data or connect to WiFi. Often it won't play the next podcast automatically.
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  • Great app with great features, but still buggy Nov 26, 2019

    By Spicey90
    I love this app with all it's features, especially the control that you have over playlists, and batch managing podcast episodes. It's perfect for someone like me who listens to nearly 20 episodes a week of different podcasts. However, there are a couple of small bugs that keep me from rating it five stars. When I'm connected to a Bluetooth device, the first time I try to play from the app, it will stop immediately. I have to press play a second time for a podcast to play. Second, the app will not always delete played episodes from a playlist. And third, the app will often disappear from the lock screen when paused. Edit: I dropped my review from four to three stars because the app stopped automatically playing the next episode, even after turning the option off and back on and restarting the app.
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  • Glitchy, difficult to navigate Oct 10, 2020

    By OtherGh
    Glitchy- If I press pause or hit the back button more than once or twice during a podcast, it will stop playing. Won’t go back, won’t go forward, won’t play. I’ve closed and reopened the app. Tried starting a different podcast, then gone back to the one that stopped- no change. The only way it will start again is to close the app for several days (ridiculous) or if I delete and reload the app. Due to this issue I would never use it, but a favorite podcast has bonus content only on Podbean so I listen only to that podcast on the app. Difficult to navigate- I’ve probably got about 30 podcasts saved on my Podcast app. My list of shows and episodes comes up immediately and is easy to navigate and toggle through. Using Podbean is like “50 First Dates”- I’m greeted with a generic home screen with no mention of my listening history and recommendations that clearly aren’t relevant. I have to search for the ONE show I listen to every. single. time. Once you finally get to the show you want, you have to go into a menu to have your episode list refresh- otherwise you’d never know that another episode had been released. Glitchy, not intuitive, cumbersome.
    more
  • Dec 1, 2020

    By Dennis Wright
    Why can't you search by episode anymore after the last update. You can only search by podcast name or author now. That was one of the most useful features of this app. It actually HELPED introduce me to podcasts I otherwise would never have known about. Please restore that function.
    more
  • Nov 27, 2020

    By Becky Albertson
    Loved this app. Now I am always having some kind of issue. Have my favorites & have them all set from oldest to newest & on several of then i try to open to listen & it throws an error can not open on them which really makes me mad. Then i can be driving to work & listening, the end of the episode comes & instead of going to the next episode it just gets stuck so i have to assist it or it just shows nothing to play & has shut down so i have to go find my postcast & the next eposi
    more
  • Dec 1, 2020

    By S Peterson
    Kind of a creepy app. It seems to start automatically, even when I've forced it to stop. And then podcasts will stop in the middle of being played. I'm deleting it.
    more
  • I wanted to love this app... May 4, 2019

    By sarahebeth
    I originally posted 5 stars after switching to Podbean. I did love several of the features of this app that I didn’t have with others, and it never crashed. It also downloaded episodes quickly (I didn’t have mine set to auto download, just chose the individual episodes I wanted), and the downloads deleted immediately after they finished playing space and time. HOWEVER, I just deleted the app. Podcasts I listened to daily would disappear from my feed. I would have to search for them again to follow and listen. I thought it was me at first, maybe an accident with my touch screen. But then it did again, more than once, it happened with more than one show. I reached out to customer service, but the response was completely useless. Even if they didn’t/don’t have a fix or answer at the moment, the response could have been handled better. I would have preferred them not to answer at all than what I received. I was too annoyed at that point to keep trying. Promptly deleted.
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  • Nov 29, 2020

    By downhilluk
    App used to be fantastic. Now since the latest update it constantly crashes every 10 or 15 minutes and you have to go in to the app and reset the podcast or close the whole app and start again. Very disappointing and a step backwards. Now downloaded 8.2.1 as instructed and exactly the same
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  • Nov 26, 2020

    By Cat Ward
    Been using this app for ages and it was great until last night where now it won't play a single podcast. Nothing will work, just keep getting an error opening the files. Uninstall Ed and reinstalled, have the latest update, soo... Yeh shame cause I really like this app
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  • If I could give this half a star, I would. Apr 17, 2020

    By alone_inacrowdedroom
    I’ve had more issues with this app than any other since buying my first smartphone. I haven’t been able to access content for a month, even though my payments have still come out of my account. I just deleted and reinstalled the app and now it’s not recognizing me as a user at all, it’s trying to get me to sign up for a new account when I click the reactivate link. I’m hoping my favorite podcast switches hosts soon. I have a Stitcher Premium account as well and have never had a problem with it. Update: just resubscribed to some premium content 6 days ago, and I inexplicably received an email today saying, “this is a confirmation that you have cancelled your subscription to...” I absolutely did not cancel or request a cancellation. I logged in to my account on my laptop and there is no sign of a cancellation and my subscription is still active. What is going on?!
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