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Pocket Casts

by ShiftyJelly PTY LTD

(65 user ratings)


Download size: 47.04MB
Version: 7.2.3
Released: 2011-01-26
For ages: 9+


Pocket Casts is the world's most powerful podcast platform.
Wired: "Pocket Casts Is the Podcast App Every iPhone User Needs"
iMore: "Pocket Casts is the best podcast app for iPhone"

With a unique set of simple yet powerful features and a limitless podcast database, you're sure to find something you love.

Design: Easily listen to, manage and find new podcasts.
Themes: Whether you're a dark or light theme person we've got you covered. We even have you OLED lovers covered with our Extra Dark theme.
Universal: Custom but familiar iPad interface, supporting Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture.
Everywhere: CarPlay, AirPlay, Chromecast and Sonos. Listen to your podcasts in more places than ever before.

Up next: Automatically build a playback queue from your favorite shows. Sign in and have that Up Next queue sync to all your devices.
Trim silence: Cut silences from episodes so you finish them faster, saving hours.
Variable speed: Change the play speed from anywhere between 0.5 to 3x.
Volume boost: Increase the volume of voices, while decreasing background noise.
Stream: Play episodes on the fly.
Chapters: Jump between chapters easily, and enjoy embedded artwork that the author has added (we support MP3 and M4A chapter formats).
Audio & video: Play all of your favorite episodes, toggle video to audio.
Skip playback: Skip episode intros, jump through episodes with custom skip intervals.
Apple Watch: Control playback from our Apple Watch app, adjust the volume or change playback effects, all without ever touching your phone.
Sleep timer: We'll pause your episode so you can rest your weary head.
Airplay & Chromecast: Send episodes straight to your TV or speakers with a single tap.
Sonos: Browse and play your podcast collection directly from the Sonos app.
CarPlay: When you're in the car, so are we.

Sync: Subscriptions, Up Next, listening history, playback and filters are all securely stored in the cloud. You can pick up where you left off on another device and even the web.
Refresh: Let our servers check for new episodes, so you can get on with your day.
Notifications: We'll let you know when new episodes arrive, if you like.
Auto download: Automatically download episodes for offline playback.
Filters: Custom filters will organize your episodes.
Storage: All the tools you need to keep your podcasts tamed.

Discover: Subscribe to any podcast in iTunes and more. Browse by charts, networks and categories.
Share: Spread the word with podcast and episode sharing.
OPML: Jump on board without any hassle with OPML import. Export your collection at any time.

There are many more powerful, straight-forward features that make Pocket Casts the perfect podcasting app for you. So what are you waiting for?

Visit pocketcasts.com for more info about the web and other platforms supported by Pocket Casts.
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Customer Reviews
The app is now horrible.

The new UI is a complete mess. It bizarrely removed useful features like being able to sort your unplayed podcasts to the top. And it adds convoluted categories like archiving played episodes, and potentially hiding them. Some setting can be set on individual podcasts, while others are global, and It is unclear how which takes precedence on how the program will behave.

Shelving this app for now

I started using Pocket Casts back on Android and loved it for the cross-platform compatibility and syncing between devices. Too much of the functionality and performance have suffered since version 7. Syncing between devices does not work for me. Played episodes reappear with time left. The playback position never syncs correctly. These started working again when I started using Pocket Casts on only one device instead of two. Background downloading is no longer reliable, and I don’t like opening the app after leaving the house to find that new episodes haven’t downloaded despite the new episode notification arriving hours before while my phone was plugged in and on Wi-Fi. These problems didn’t exist with version 6. I wish that after releasing version 7, the app had received quicker updates to fix bugs related to existing features. For now I’m going to try Overcast.


I actually like a lot of the changes to the UI, but my main gripe is finished podcasts have a way of coming back. They are supposed to be archived and the files deleted, but they quite often show up again as unfinished episodes.

Latest updates ruined a great app

I hate writing negative reviews, especially of an app that I have loved for years. But the latest set of updates has made Pocket Casts almost unusable. Previously, it was one of my most reliable apps, literally never crashing, never freezing, never having playback issues. It was pristine. I listen to podcasts through my whole day at work, and now it crashes, freezes, and shuts down dozens of times a day. I have to deal with a frozen screen and lose access to the rest of my phone or restart the app repeatedly. Also, the 15-second fast forward and rewind frequently don’t work either, getting caught in some sort of a loop where it keeps restarting at the same place as it’s trying to go back 15 seconds but never successfully does, ultimately leading to a crash. Inertia more than anything else has kept me from switching to a new app, but my frustration grows daily, so unless these basic bugs are fixed, I’ll have to go elsewhere. Otherwise, the major overhaul recently completed was delightful, but I would happily return to the old version and its stability if possible.

Terrible update, disingenuous response

The company that bought PocketCasts out is openly disrespectful to the user base.

Garbage! Do Not Update! Do Not Purchase!

Continuing to Disrespect Paying Customers! Absolute failure of design, UI testing, and understating the user base. The arrogant a-hole developers are argumentative and unable to accept constructive criticism when contacted about app issues. Instead of providing paying customers with the ability to reinstall the beloved app purchased by thousands, they tell unhappy users to piss off. Previous app version was awesome. Version 7 is terrible. The interface is cluttered. Nothing is intuitive. Complete redesigns should be new apps. Restore 6.x.x code base. Release 7.0 garbage as separate app. Now using iCatcher.

Add a default sleep timer setting

Your users know what they need. Listen to them.


I love your app, it makes listening to podcasts a breeze. Something that would make it even better though, would be the ability to download every episode of a podcast at once.

Was the best

Up until this release (7.2.3), it has been my go-to podcast player. Now, for the first time, it is skipping while playing on my iPhone XS Max (Windows Weekly HD), whether on USB or Bluetooth. It replays sections one or more times, repeating this behavior every 2 to 10 seconds for a period of time. It doesn’t matter if watching via video or the screen is off. Killing the app hasn’t resolved. I am not having issues playing Spotify via Bluetooth or USB.

Not so much anymore

I’ve persevered since the major update to give me time to adjust and figure it out. But alas no more. This used to be the best podcast app but now I will find another.

Good at first

Great app to start out with a year ago. However they are constantly updating and changing perfectly good aspects of the app. If that wasn’t already annoying; the app never crashed at first, but after the twenty updates it went through, now it crashes constantly. Couldn’t just let things that aren’t broken be; or even give me an option to go back to the old way the app was.

I used to love this app...

... but recent updates have made the app unstable and crash-prone. As a long-time user, I wish the developers would return to their former quality standards. Getting tired of the constant freezes and crashes!

Bugs frustrate

It’s great to get a full redesign... IF that redesign is better and, more importantly, functions as promised. Unfortunately, the new Pocket Casts is too buggy. Most frustrating is that podcasts that I’ve completed reappear as unplayed, and it takes several swipes to swipe away podcasts I want to skip (in the previous version, it was easy to swipe away podcasts). Thumbs up for Listening History, but then that gets compromised by podcasts I have to Mark Played to correct the app’s bugs... anyway, the new Pocket Casts has made it more difficult to manage podcasts than before.

Please bring back what we loved

I’m a huge fan of the app but since v7 everyone has been critical of this app. I admit I don’t like some of the changes but once you’ve ironed out some issues I’m sure they’ll come back. Please listen to your customer base

Very sad

I can’t believe how far this app as fallen. So many unnecessary steps and user hostile features. Why?!? They use to be great and blew up the app and stopped caring about user feedback which is a deadly combination.

Needs Customizable Folders/ Filters doesn’t cut it

If you keep your eye on more than 15-20 podcasts of different types (which happens quickly) and like to browse around your many podcast channels and just listen to the occasional episodes that appeals, you need some way of easily grouping your subscriptions at the podcast channel level not at the episode level (as the filters feature does), otherwise you are swimming in long lists of episodes and less frequent podcast channels get buried deep in the frequent episodes list. They need to give a way to create groups of your podcast channels similar to how they group podcast channel types in their search function by genre except allow users to create their own grouping names or categories / folders / tags.

Update stinks

I’ve been using this app and you guys mucked it up bad. It used to be user friendly but now I can’t find anything. Confusing. In an effort to improve you made it complicated. I cant deal with it. Looking for a new app.

New UI is unusable

After the new UI change I deleted the app and moved to another podcast app. I just downloaded the app again after giving them several months to work on fixing things. It’s still unusable, unintuitive and not user friendly. They ruined what was the best podcast app on iOS.

Horrible update, horrible choices

I’ve used this app for years with well over 250 days of listening time used with this app. Never even thought about finding another podcast app because this served every need perfectly. This most recent update has made me instantly leave it behind. Horrible decisions and design choices that I was realizing and discovering for days. I feel like I need a reply all episode explaining why and how such horrible choices were made for some nefarious reasons.

Terrible update

Sometimes I feel like companies update apps just to do it. Pocket casts definitely didn’t need this burdensome change.

Unfortunate newer version

I used to love this app but one of the more recent updates completely changed the interface of the app. The most frustrating for me is swiping left now archives the episode instead of delete, not even sure how to delete episodes anymore. Second most annoying change is instead of the download button being next to the episode title I have to open the show notes, then download from there. There are more issues with the new interface but those are the two big ones for me. It feels like the user experience was not even considered with the new version. Another issue is when I'm using Pocket Casts and Google maps simultaneously the podcast will rewind 10-15 seconds when Google maps pauses the podcast to give directions. I've stopped using Pocket Casts and am currently looking for a new app to use.

Long time Pocket Casts user.

I have been a PC user for the past 5 years and the developers have continued to develop this app to support multiple platforms without charging their users an upgrade or a subscription fee like just about every other podcast app does. I personally find the newer, slightly tweaked interface to be pretty user friendly contrary to some opinions.

Skips time in Podcasts

I listen to some of the most downloaded podcasts that exist like JRE, Dr Death, and others that have been on iTunes top charts frequently. PocketCasts as an app has some issues with playback. Podcasts frequently skip ahead without any button pressing from me. It’s just a random skip but it requires me to download the whole podcast, close the app completely, re-open the app, and play it again. This is such a hassle, especially for someone with my lifestyle and occupation because I listen to podcasts on the road a lot.

V7 is Trash

Please don’t forget how much you hate V7. Don’t just get used to it because it’s the new normal. Nearly everything got worse with this update from V6. Entirely backwards and bad. They’re hoping you give up and like it for what it is. DON’T! Use Overcast or Downcast or anything else.

Amazing and Reliable, But

I listen to podcasts through the entire day and this app never fails me. I like the themed podcast colors and the intuitive/minimal design of the UI. However, some podcasts archive themselves and some don’t even show all their episodes. I don’t know if this is a problem with the app or something the podcast creators are doing.

Bad Update. Trash App. RUINED with v7. NPR RUINED THIS APP.

Always CRASHES. App freezes every time it wakes up. Brings back archived episodes randomly. Doesn’t work. Used to be the best podcast app. Now its the WORST. SHAMEFUL. Do not download this app. Its garbage.

Bad UX

I would prefer to go to the old version of the app. But at the very least, can you make it easier to archive an episode? The new interface makes you go through too many steps to do that.

Read before you buy

First, this is only a 2-3 star app, so that is what you’re buying. When V7 came along a few months ago: - Star rating dropped from 4.8 to 3.2 - 75% of the reviews were negative Now, I see they have reset the reviews and were trying to troll their way back to a 4+ rating. This is not the app I paid for and loved. NPR bought it, and decided to rebuild it and remove many of the features that made it so popular by thousands of users. If you subscribe to more than 10 podcasts, this is not the player for you. Archive is now Delete...and Delete is now Archive. Make sense? Doesn’t to the thousands of other users either. Your playlists will be a mess, and it is a scrolling nightmare trying to find an older saved episode. I am considering moving to a competitor that charges an annual subscription. Yes, that’s tough to do vs. a one time fee...but I am also guessing they won’t intentionally destroy their app the way NPR and Pocketcast did, and then arrogantly dig in when paying customers have the audacity to criticize them (they are a little sensitive about all the negative reviews). My advice...don’t waste your money on an app that is really only 2 to 3 stars. And don’t let the fake reviews fool you. You will have buyers remorse.

New version headed in better direction

Love the recent changes

Bad update.

What the heck happened in this new release?? The new layout and organization makes no sense. Why did they take away the screen showing only the episodes I’ve downloaded?? Now they’re all mixed together and it’s hard to find Which ones are downloaded, especially if they’re old. Why did they take away the button to download episodes from the main list (now you have to click on each episode to bring up a popup, then click again on a download button). Someone explain to me how this is an improvement. This is as bad as when Apple ruined their podcast player and I made the switch to pc. Looks like I’m shopping for a new app.

Don't like the version 7 changes

This new version requires a lot more user interaction. Very annoying in a car or while exercising. It used to be so simple.

Touch controls are horrible!

I am a long time user of Pocket Cast, but this update really upsets me. What happened to the touch controls in landscape? It was nice when I could tap on 1/3 of each side to skip. Now I have tiny little targets to touch and they are so close to each other. This is coming from an 8 plus user. So much real estate on these screens and tiny little touch targets.


I was looking for a way to cast podcasts from my iPhone or iPad to my Google Home and some online suggestions pointed me toward this app. At first I was wary to pay for the app but I don’t regret it. Others complain about the UI and I find it pretty simple and nice to use. Everything is organized in a way that I can manage the podcasts I’m subscribed to. Another great thing is the cross platform support. While the desktop app costs an additional $10, it isn’t that bad considering it’s a one-off fee. Instead of paying per-month or per-year, I think it’s better to just pay one time and be done. I can easily start a podcast in the car and later in the day continue it in the same spot (give or take a few seconds) on my computer or iPad.

Can’t download

Since version 7 I can’t download episodes and listen to them in the car. I have to use all my cell data if I want to listen away from WiFi.

Stuck in the early aughts

I have been using pocket casts for a long time, on both Android and iOS. I used to love how "powerful" it was, but more and more lately that feels like a hindrance. The traditional podcast app doesn't need to exist anymore. The amount of bandwidth and infrastructure available these days means that we should be able to stream them on demand, without putting much thought into it. Podcasts more closely resemble Netflix now, so it should be that simple to search and dive into one. But on pocket casts it isn't. You have to subscribe to listen, you have to"play all" in order to play multiple episodes of a podcast. Worse yet, you can't even start from the beginning. Youhave to make a playlist to play a podcast in from beginning to end (as opposed to end to beginning, which is the default if you select play all). These notions are so esoteric that when I switched apps I thought there was something wrong with me ("But what happens if I don't Mark it as listened?"). I hope the creators look around at modern content and catch up, because pocket casts used to be the undisputed best.

What's the use if you can't control where you listen

Constantly disconnects and switches audio output from iPhone to home speaker to headphones, pausing each time after playing only for about 10 seconds

Great app; some tweaks needed

Great app, and some suggestions for future versions: 1. The video controls on a video podcast in landscape mode need to be moved farther apart and the touch targets need to be a little bigger. Generally there are numerous stability issues viewing podcasts in landscape mode. 2. When using up next, sometimes episodes bounce back to their original position. This is very annoying.



Free Upgrade was a good idea. May I have paid downgrade now?

Free upgrade from V6 to V7 was a good idea until I know that V7 is really bad. Bad UI-play/pause button become tiny on iPhone 8, removed features-now playback speed is global!!! It was per podcasts before. Could you re-release V6 as a separate app? I'll buy it as soon as it is available !!!

Loved it, now it's a mess

I used to love this app. Paid for it even and used it for years. Then they updated it and I'm not sure what else, but it's a mess.. An absolute mess. It randomly looses 15-30 minutes of podcasts I've listened to, sending me back in time wasting my time. The defaults of the old app have all been suppressed in the new one (why turn off new episode red circle by default?? Who thought that was a good idea). Archive vs delete??? Getting it to tell you all the back episodes of a cast and what ones you've listened to and others you haven't? Synching between my iPhone and iPad is spotty and forget my Apple Watch. I'm happy someone bought them out so they can keep working on this but honestly mostly since then it's been down hill. Fix it so I can love your app again. Otherwise I need to go find a replacement.

Bad update, unprofessional response

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.

Excellent Podcast App for the Non-Power User

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.

Broken since version 7

Was by far the best podcast app I used until their redesign. Things don’t make sense anymore (archiving vs marking as played and removing ‘delete’) and the biggest issue is the syncing. Every time I start the app up to play podcasts, before and after work, I come to find that it just does not remember at all where I left off last. That requires me to have to go back to manually seek in the podcast where I was since I last played it. Something no podcast app should require users to do. The developers know how bad this app is and are just covering themselves with snark on social media platforms without actually fixing anything. Strongly suggest picking Overcast instead. Have been loving it since the switch.

A once amazing podcast app!

I’m leaving my original 5 star review for v6 below. The v7 update, would be an okay podcast app if it wasn’t made from the mangled corpse of v6. I can’t recommend spending money on this app. It’s not fun, don’t do it. ——- I've used Pocketcasts for the past 6 months and have had only a few minor issues. None of which have put me off from using this app as my only podcast app. The design and features make using the stock iPhone podcast app unbearable to me now. I have no regrets spending a little extra to use this.

Change is a good thing

The cross platform sync and standardized features makes this the go to podcast player. The developer is constantly working to update the application. Some people don't likely change or are too lazy to learn a few new tricks. They whine a lot. Take their reviews with a grain of salt.

Much better than iOS 11 app! Perfect podcast app

update4 mar 2019- i’m updating to five stars, the developer is clearly working on the issues, and has fixed quite a few. I also got a kick/laugh out of his recent release notes (I hate when developers release notes just say “bug fixes and enhancements”). at this point the only two bugs I’m experiencing (both of which didn’t exist before the major update a few months ago), are 1- starting a podcast still takes much longer than before, i.e. the time from when you press play to when the audio starts playing, it’s always a 5s to 10s delay (not a network issue, even on fiber wifi, yes fiber wifi) 2- I don’t like how the “podcast playing screen” now allows you to scroll vertically. Before you couldn’t scroll at all, and it was much better that way tks update3 (nov 2018) (5* to 2* )- not so happy with this recent major update, they totally re-designed an app that was excellent, unnecessarily. Do they not realize that for a lot of people that have bought this app use it many times a day, last thing we want is a major redesign. the app does still work pretty well, but i’ve had to spend almost an hour trying to figure out the new interface. if you look at the filters function , it just makes NO sense- there are some random icons with text nor any explanation at all. The docs only describe 1 or 2 of the 8. update 2: (April 2018)-I’m now over a year into Casts, it’s by far the best podcast app (it is a 100% perfect app, and i’ve never said that about any app). I’ve tried several paid podcast apps. One beautiful, amazing feature I just discovered recently: on my cheapo Bluetooth shower speaker (and Bluetooth audio in my car) when you Press the physical track forward/back buttons, Casts bumps your audio + or -15s (or whatever you have app set to)!!! this is amazing and exactly what I was looking for. I was always annoyed how other podcast apps (including the atrocious Apple built in one) would change the podcast playing whenever you hit forward/back track , which is totally pointless and useless. Casts handled this perfectly and does exactly what is logical and reasonable for physically pressing those buttons. Thanks again love this app. Update: I’ve been using podcasts app for a little over a month, and it is still absolutely flawless, it does exactly what I want , perfectly. Please do not waste any time with free apps or anything else, by this app if you listen to podcasts. Ditch the iOS trash built-in podcasts app. (Apple should be ashamed of themselves) Thank you, for writing a fast, clean, easy to use podcast app that properly works with apples built in podcast controls (Ie control center widget, lock screen, etc. on iOS 11). For some reason I foolishly thought that Apple only allowed it’s default/built in podcast app, to access Apple podcast content (ie the shows). So I never thought to find a third-party podcast. On iOS 10 I thought the Apple podcast app was a little awkward but worked fine for what I needed (accessing and the streaming the daily updated shows from podcasts I listen to, each day). iOS 11 podcast app was updated and is simply atrocious, and frankly is trash interface and usability wise. It is super difficult to navigate, near impossible to get to a shows latest episode (or even find out/confirm if the days episode has been published yet) and actions that required one or two taps on the ios10 podcast app, now require 3 to 6 space on the iOS 11 podcast app. It’s frankly trash in typical apple doesn’t listen to any feedback from users, simply search the web you’ll see many users of taking the time to write long and detailed posts about how horrible the podcast iOS 11 app is. Regardless of iOS 11 trash podcast app, that update led me to this app and I’m super happy with it! it was well worth the four dollars. Thanks!

WAS the best

Latest update was an unnecessary change that seems less intuitive than the old,clean and simple version.

Was my favorite podcast app

Even after giving the new UI a shot for a while, I’m still finding it generally unintuitive. I occasionally find myself looking at the screen for a few seconds wondering how to get it to do what I want. Part of that’s down to familiarity with the older versions screwing me up, but I still find it frustrating.

Hands down best podcast app

This app is incredible compared to Apple’s podcast app. They keep improving it and fixing bugs. It is also cross platform which is great for listening on my computer