Best Podcast Apps for Apple and Android
Podcasts have been steadily gaining popularity in the past couple years and have become more important and sought after than ever before. While radio reigned supreme for years, their time is up. With podcasts, you can download your favorite radio show and listen to it on demand.
Listeners can find a wide range of podcast shows about every topic imaginable. From cooking to sports, to business and even reviews of your favorite shows. So, which apps are best to download and organize your favorite podcasts? Let’s explore:
Stitcher Radio is a free app available for both iOS and Android systems and it is one of the best podcast apps available for download. There is a premium version of the app that is available for $4.99 per month which allows ad-free listening, original shows and access to bonus episodes of some shows.
The app has an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. It has a front page where there is a main feed of episodes that Stitcher thinks you may enjoy based on the topics that you indicated interest in when setting up your account. You can also find new podcasts by browsing the topic categories within the app. Or you can customize your front page to display your playlists or saved episode instead. You can create playlists and connect with your friends to see what they are listening to.
Spreaker Podcast Radio
Spreaker Podcast Radio is another free option for both iOS and Android. This app has a nifty feature that lets you choose from channels that compose lists of episodes from different podcasts that center around a specific topic. It is great for those who like to watch several different shows rather than listening to one show exclusively. For instance, if you enjoy listening to financial news, you can listen to many different shows on the topic in one place so that you can hear different perspectives, voices, and opinions on the topic.
You can browse the podcasts based on topics or categories but Speaker takes it a step further by creating specific categories, like scary stuff or man cave.
This app is also free but it is only available on iOS. There is a premium, ad-free version for $9.99 per month. The interface is sleek and simplistic and the app is quite straightforward. Upon opening the app, you are met with the list of podcasts that you follow. There is a plus symbol on the top right corner of the screen that you can press to browse the podcast categories to find new shows. The app also has some fun features like Voice Boost, to keep volume levels consistent.
Podbean is free and is available for iOS and Android. Its design is much more comparable to an app store than it is to a media player as it includes recommendations, top episodes, featured shows and many other things to entice listeners. Its design focuses on curation of playlists more than anything else but it also includes all of the basic functions of a podcast app.
This app is the only one on the list that does not provide a free option. It is $3.99 and is available for iOS and Android. It is user-friendly and provides you with lists of shows that are popular or trending. However, instead of displaying categories with the traditional thumbnails in a carousel, this app uses a list of text. There is also a great feature in the main menu that saves all of the episodes you have been listening to in one place so you can easily go back and finish listening.