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Pocket Casts

by ShiftyJelly PTY LTD

(69 user ratings)


Download size: 59.45MB
Version: 6.9.8
Released: 2011-01-26
For ages: 9+


Pocket Casts is a premium podcasting app for iPhone and iPad.
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 for you:

Design: Easily listen to, manage and find new podcasts.
Themes: Whether you're a dark theme or light theme person we've got you covered.
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.
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 or pick a different episode to play, 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 with a single tap.
Sonos: Browse and play your podcast collection directly from the Sonos app (currently in beta).
CarPlay: When you're in the car, so are we.

Sync: Subscriptions, 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

A honest to goodness podcast app w/ the coveted chromecast button that works! If you don’t care about this feature it’s not worth paying for, however, the fact that I can listen to podcasts on the TV is something I deeply desired and I am pleased it works properly AND has more precise control of where you are in the podcast compared to the native app.

Fantastic but a little slow on 6S

I switched from Overcast and I love it. Just wish it was a little lighter/faster on older phones. It’s frustrating to tap a podcast and have to wait 5-10 seconds for it to start playing.

Must have for power listeners

If you have more podcasts in your queue than you could ever possibly listen to, get this app. Lots of tricks to maximize listening time like eliminating silences, speed up playback. Very easy interface. Syncs playback between devices. Share audio without recipient needing to have a player of any type. The best.

Great app for podcast, 1 complaint

My favorite podcast app. Definitely way better than apples podcast. My only gripe is that I really wish you could listen to a podcast episode that you are not subscribed to so that you could see if it is a series you would want to get into.

Crashes upon connecting to Bluetooth

It happens about 1/3 to 1/2 of the time.

This is the one

I’ve tried plenty of other podcast apps, and while I’ve enjoyed a couple of them, they pale in comparison to Pocket Casts. The others were always lacking one or two features that I needed/wanted. This app has everything I’ve been looking for — grid layout for podcasts, custom skip times, really customizable settings, and an extensive, up-to-date library to find new or old shows. I hardly ever shell out money on apps. ***This one is worth the $*** I’m very happy with this purchase and def recommend this one over the others I’ve tried.

Wonderful ✨

Could use a true dark mode anf maybe some additional customization. Other than that, it is fundamentally the best podcast app for me. The almost seamless sync between devices is huge. 🖤

Can’t sync anymore

I switch between iPad and iPhone regularly. It used to sync fine, but now it is not. I am guessing it has to do with their new subscription platform on computers. On reddit people have complained that they can’t sync anymore, and it seems like the makers of this app no longer care. I am currently looking for another podcast app to use

Predatory pricing for multiple platforms

I was excited to have the option to finally have a podcast app that syncs across all my different devices (iOS, Android, Windows, Browser). However, what was not made clear until I had purchased the app on my iPhone was that in order to use the app across the different devices I will have to PURCHASE it each time. So yes, $3.99 is reasonable for a one time download, but it’s $9.99 for web access, and another $3.99 for Android. I imagine the Mac OS will be another $9.99. This is blatantly false advertising because their main page that allows access to very little information says “If you like what you see, we’ll ask for you for $9. Just once.” They should really clarify that. I’ll be requesting a refund through the Apple store.

Works well enough

I would like to be able to play patreon subscriptions through pocketcast.

Great podcast app

Love this app Great interface Easy to play on Sonos 5 stars!

Waste of money.

Can’t create playlists. Poor interface.

Like the UI, but...

One podcast I listen to is This Week In Photo and I get continuous clicking and popping. I tested it with the iOS app and I don’t have the same problem. Hope someone can look into this.


Since the Apple Podcast app update a year or whatever ago, I have hated it and was desperate for an alternative. App after app I finally found this and decided that a one-time fee of 3.99 would be nothing if i actually liked it. Purchased it and never looked back! Very easy to navigate and find new podcasts as well. The only negative thing I have to say is that I don’t like how you have to subscribe to listen to a podcast. It’s not a huge problem at all but would be nice if I could just check out an episode without having to

Simply the best

Incredible app. Download now. Worth every penny. Just fantastic service.

Expect glitches when adding podcast feeds

This was my favorite app for a long time but the glitches make it unbearable. I use this app to listen to podcasts, and audiobooks & seminars by using a custom podcast feed. Sometimes the app accepts the custom feed URL on the 1st try, sometimes on the 2nd, but lately not at all. Instead it says some BS about my internet connection. I’ve tried importing the feed in OPML format to no avail. So far I’ve tried 6 other other podcast apps and each finds the podcast instantly. I’m not confident they will fix the issue because as of 8/7/18 there’s been no response to my support email. Hopefully they fix it or I find an alternative app that has the trim silence feature. Pocket Casts is a great choice if you’re just listening to podcasts listed in the Discover index, which is quite limited compared to other apps.

The best, unless you use CarPlay

If you use CarPlay, it will crash your hud, forcing you to drive to your destination without music or gps. If you don’t use CarPlay, then this is the absolute best app for podcasts.

Making me buy it twice...

I paid for this app a long time ago and after this most recent update its trying to make me pay again. Although $9 isn’t that much money, the way they went about getting it is crooked. I’ll be changing apps.

Missing Key Features

Came from Podcast Addict on Android and imported my collection via OPML. -No option to multi select episodes to mark 'unplayed' or Played -To mark an episode as read, you need to tap the episode then three dots then Mark Played...(inconvenient) -Should have a toggle filter to hide played episodes (instead of listing 400+ episodes for example) -Should have "Mark older podcasts as played" from selecting an episode The app is definitely better than the Apple Podcast app but needs work to be easily utilized. The ideal audience based on the options is not for importing/power users. In my opinion not worth the $3.99 as it is now.

Just buy it already

After years of switching between the iPhone native podcast app and Stitcher, Pocketcasts is a wonderful revelation. Lots of granular settings but still elegantly easy to use interface, reliable downloading, no ads like Stitcher, and ability to sync from your computer to phone easy peasy. Spend the money it’s so worth it. Wish I had made the move years ago!

Exactly how podcast apps should work

Simple interface, with all the important features. They made the syncing features that iTunes attempts to offer actually work. This perfectly replaces iTunes with better features and a cleaner interface. (Now there is no need for the clunky PC iTunes at all!)

Almost great. Avoid for CarPlay!

If you are just using this app on your phone with headphones, this app is perfect. Where it falls apart is if you try to do other stuff with it, namely chromecast/AirPlay and CarPlay. For CarPlay podcast normally won’t play at all until I take my phone out and press play in the app, and then you can pause it on the car screen but if you want it to play again you have to get your phone out again. You have to select a episode multiple times before it will play, again if it plays at all. For Casting/AirPlay you can not control the volume from your phone. Also if you finish an episode it will not play the next episode in the playlist and it will reset you progress on the episode you were just listening to where it was when you started casting. Same with if you disconnect from casting, it’ll reset your progress. I would gladly come back to this app if they improve their support for CarPlay and casting because the app it self is awesome. I love how you can set auto download setting for individual podcasts, as well as auto queuing for individual podcasts letting you automatically add episodes to the top of the playlist or the bottom, and the auto-cleanup feature, which will only keep as many episodes as you specify for each individual podcast, is awesome. All in all I wish I could keep using this app but it just doesn’t work where I need it to, and that’s a huge shame.

Beautiful app, minor issues

If pocket casts stops downloading episodes, try restarting your device. This was the advice from the developer.

Hard to beat!

I’ve used pocket casts for over a year, now. It is amazing, simply put. Highly customizable, easy to use, and full of podcast-specific features that you’ll use so often, you might forget how amazing and well-functioning they are. Side note, the “update notes” are sometimes funny, sometimes heartfelt, and always worth reading. Thank you so much for making and maintaining this.

Doesn’t Cast

Me and my wife have Google smart speakers in our home and we love them, my wife has the Pixel XL 2 and I have an iPhone X. She doesn’t have any issues casting from her phone. Unfortunately this app doesn’t work very well with these devices for my iPhone. I cast from Spotify and other apps with no issues, this app doesn’t connect and sits in “Buffering...” until the app force closes. I am able to listen with other Bluetooth headphones/devices with no issues. I love the interface and it’s honestly so much better than the stock app. I’m giving two stars, not being able to listen around my home is a deal breaker. I hope the devs get this app fixed and I can listen on my Google devices or I’ll be removing this app and finding something else that works for me.

Latest version broke casting...

The only reason I bought this app was so that I could cast to my Chromecast audio from my iPhone. First update since purchasing and now the cast icon is just gone.

An App I Literally Use Every Day

I am a big podcast listener. Every day, I listen to podcasts during my work commute. I also listen while doing regular household chores. The ability to listen to my podcasts just how I want to makes this app outstanding in my book. I can start episodes automatically skipping the beginning and speed up playback so I get through the episodes faster. The last thing I particularly want to commend the authors for is their integration with my password manager (1Password) when signing into the app. Thank you, thank you, thank you. More app authors should do this.

Infected with malware!

I just got compromised by this app today. I was “signed out” and they asked for my password. I guessed and gave them an old password before going to my password manager. Old, wrong password worked. Minutes later I get an email with the (wrong) password I entered in the subject line and they were extorting me for $1,000. ShiftJelly doesn’t have a support team. Their website claims they are a small company, and they don’t have a formal support team. I submitted a “feedback” ticket, but they were silent in responding. The app never updates. I suspect that the app has a vulnerability that is being actively exploited because it uses a library with known vulnerability. That’s just a guess though. Don’t use this!! It’s abandonware. It’s a shame, really. It was a great podcasting app.

Best Podcast App!

This services all the platforms I use and actually provides app update details to what they did! This is few and few between these days!

Best podcast app

I’ve tried all of the podcast apps and was a former stitcher user. Love this app. Easy to import your podcasts from other players if you want and being able to set the player to skip silence is awesome. Try it.

I like it

Has become my favorite audio podcast app

No search option

No search option for episodes. 1/5

So much better!

I listen to lots of podcasts. This app is so much better that Apple’s stock podcast app, which drove me crazy. Pocket casts can speed up, skip silence and intros (customize intro skip length by podcast, even). It works with my car’s skip buttons to go forward and back. It’s just easier and better!

Password Protected Podcasts

Does not work with password protected podcasts.

Love this app.

Love love love this app. That is all

Amazing but could use one more great feature!

I love this app. It has pretty much everything you could ever want in a podcasting app. The one feature I wish the app had would be the ability to listen to episodes of a podcast without having to subscribe to it. If I want to stream a single episode of a podcast I have to subscribe and then unsubscribe, an act that makes this more complex than it should be. Other than great amazing! The developer has a history of addressing user concerns so I hope they can address this.

Try Overcast first

Cons: No "playlists", just filters. And don't treat them the same or you'll be frustrated. For example, you're listening and you decide you want to hear a particular episode later. You hit the skip button. But after the new episode plays, it goes right back to the one you previously skipped. Swiping does different things in different, but similar looking contexts. From left to right in now playing, you have episode description,player, queue. You swipe between them. Now go look at a filter. Sure looks like a queue doesn't it? But don't swipe because it will mark the episode played, remove it from the list, and (depending on your settings) delete it. With no undo button and no concept of a trash can, good luck figuring out what episode you just prevented yourself from hearing. Overcast at least has a trash can. All iPhone podcast apps are inferior to Podcast Addict on Android.

Closest to Podcast Addict I've found

I swapped out from an Android to iPhone almost a year ago. I used and loved Podcast Addict but it's unfortunately not on iOS. I've been trying ever podcast app I read about, Stitcher, Pod Bean, Overcast, the native app. I just couldn't find one that I liked. Then along came Pocket Casts. The interface is very similar to Podcast Addict, a little watered down, but similar. It's easy to use, add episodes to the current playlist, and I was able to transfer my podcast list from my Android to Pocket Casts via OPML file. I do enjoy the 'Stat' tracker it has, showing how much time you've saved by speeding up playback or skipping intros. There are a few things I would change though. Podcast Addict has a search feature that allows you to search a podcasts episodes list for keywords. It's a nice feature I wouldn't mind seeing on Pocket Casts. Also the way each podcasts episode list is organized is a little strange. I don't like that it separates the played episodes from the not played ones. I would like it better if they just stayed in order of newest to oldest and just greying out the played ones. If these features were to appear it would be a six stars all the way for me!

Almost Perfect

Which is why it’s only four stars.

This app never refreshes properly

Sometimes it won’t refresh and I’m stuck without my podcasts.

Wasted my money. App is broken.

This app says it has no internet connection. You can’t discover new podcasts or create a new account. Tried it on two different iOS devices. The internet connection is fine on both devices and I have no problems with any other apps. Tried it with and without WiFi on both phones. My guess is they’ve turned off the servers for this app. Don’t waste your money. Should be pulled from the App Store.

King of Podcast Apps

Aesthetically pleasing (IMO) Dark mode & light mode So many options Simple search and share Three different album view modes Change icon color options Adjust skip forward and backwards Trim silence feature Sleep options Refresh album art And more these are just my favorites

Not reliable

I’m not sure if it’s the most recent update, but the app will not play when I hit the Play button. Happens on cellular connection and on WiFi.

Love the app, but experiencing a slight bug.

Migrated to iOS from Android. Pocketcasts is my go to for podcasts. Although, the effects on my device such as volume boost and trim silence won’t toggle on. I even rebooted my device and uninstalled the app. Still doesn’t work. Please fix.

Sync Issue

Again there currently seems to be a sync issue with the website player. I love this podcast player and I have tried many. I mostly wanted the ability to play through the website as well and keep everything synced. Unfortunately that is not currently working for me

Tried ‘em all...still on Pocket Casts

Fantastic features, regularly updated, simple to use. But the icing on the cake are the app update notes. :) I try other podcast apps every time there’s a major release just to see what’s out there but always keep coming back to this one. Once you’ve decided you’re a podcast listener it’s time to download Pocket Casts.

Getting Bloated

I have been using Pocket Casts pretty much as long as it’s been around. I first got it on either IPhone 3 or 4, stuck with it when I went to android, and it was the first app I installed when I got my iPhone X. So I’m definitely a fan. At this point though, I’m looking to move on. The bloat that has apparently built up over the years has it so that running the app in the background uses roughly the same amount of batter as running Facebook with the screen on (roughly 5% per hour). When I’m looking at my phone at the end of the day and over half of my batter has been used by a single background app, that’s a real problem.

Great app and website, CarPlay needs work...

Favoriting the best episodes, syncing them up with my PC through the website, and everything else about this app is great, with the sorting options especially. HOWEVER, the Apple CarPlay app does NOT keep the same sorting order (newest first/oldest first) along with episodes that are marked as played. I need to scroll through the 40 episodes I've listened to every day to get to the unlistened episodes to play them... While driving. Easy fix though, please keep the same selection options as the app in Carplay!!!

Great app for podcast junkies

I had been using Overcast with good satisfaction until recently, when it showed some fraying at the edges. Some friends suggested Pocket Casts so I checked it out: It’s really easy to move around through the app, to access podcast settings and things quickly. A lot of care has gone into the design. (The Apple Watch app deserves a special shout out here.) The Up Next feature is a bit more fiddly than Overcast’s priority podcasts but it works well to keep up with favorite podcasts first and those that “expire” (like news or daily shows). This is almost perfect, short of playing by podcast order. The only thing I’d like to see is an available sorting by podcast order. Ordering podcasts in the “grid” screen should be available to play podcasts in an episode filter in that order. (Currently you can only play by date, from oldest or newest.) That one setting would enable me to listen to favorites first which is the only thing I can’t quite do right now.

It just works

Great app. Intuitive. My search for a great podcast player is over. And this developer writes profoundly thoughtful release notes on updates - would that Facebook and the other giants ever made the effort... 😊