Top 8 | Podcast Apps for iPad

Podcasts these days are like TV shows, at least for me! One always has a bunch of different series on the go, and it can be hard to keep up with when they come out and are available. Some podcasts are delivered weekly or monthly, but some don’t have a defined frequency or date. This is why it is best to invest in some kind of podcast feed tracker to monitor when new releases come online. Unlike TV shows, many podcasts don’t have a downtime period where they are off air for most of the year. As such, the shows that you are listening to can pile up. Many of the podcasts I check out weekly or biweekly are based on current affairs – or sports shows analyzing recent matches, so it’s important to listen to them right after they are aired. For iPad users, there are a range of apps that are designed to help you manage your podcast life. Here are a few of our favorites!

8. Podcasts (Free)

Podcasts

I suppose that no list of this nature would be right without mentioning Apple’s Podcasts app, which is for some their go-to option when keeping up with their favorite podcasts, and rightly so. The app does all the basic things right, and is – importantly – designed specifically for use with iOS, so the interface fits in perfectly with what you’re used to. Unlike many of the alternatives listed below, Podcasts is also free to download which will be a great draw for new listeners. The app is usually pre-installed on most iPhones and iPads however, so you don’t even need to bother searching for it! Seaching through podcasts on the Podcast Store is easy, and you can sort the options in a variety of ways. There is also a Top Charts and Featured option if you’re keen on finding something new to listen to. With the app, you can subscribe to podcasts and then set it to automatically download new episodes – storing them offline where desirable. – Download from iTunes

7. Castro ($3.99)

Castro

Castro is fairly expensive at $3.99, but it might be one of the best looking podcast apps to make the list. It is very sparse and minimalistic in terms of design, which is great to see – especially on the iPad’s larger screen. There is just the one button used for adding new podcasts, then the ability to search through existing series or even add via pasting a URL. There could be more features included, and many users will be turned off by this, but Castro is one of the slickest podcasts apps I’ve come across for the iOS platform. – Download from iTunes

6. Pocket Casts ($3.99)

Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts is another excellent looking podcast app for the iPad, though – with its mosaic of different podcast covers or artworks on the front page – it does seem to resemble a news reader rather than a podcast managing app. The interface is also very intuitive, making it easy to flick between different menus and podcasts at pace. – Download from iTunes

5. Stitcher Radio (Free)

Stitcher

Stitcher Radio is a nice free alternative that takes a slightly different approach to the apps listed above. First of all, it takes your favorite podcasts and lists them all as stations rather than podcasts, which I’m not sure I like but it’s certainly different! Perhaps the best thing about the app is its recommendations feature, known as Smart Station. This is basically the app’s way of learning what you have been listening to and then supplying you with relevant suggestions similar to the way Pandora does. – Download from iTunes

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