I love listening to podcasts and I’ve recently started using a new application to do that on my iPhone. Up until a few months ago, I used iTunes to listen to my podcasts and kept everything synced on my phone. Typically, I listen to podcasts while I’m driving. My Ford Fiesta has a SYNC function built in and it makes it very easy to listen when I’m on the road. Apple released a podcast app but I had some problems with that one. It would download episodes when I didn’t want it to, and didn’t have some of the options I wanted.
Downcast is now my podcast player of choice. It has all of the options that are important to me.
You manage updates directly through the application without syncing with iTunes. The interface is really clear and easy to use.
You can set it up so that Downcast will only download new episodes when you have an available wireless network.
You can modify the playback at variable speeds. There are a few podcasts that are much better when played at 1.5X speed.
Downcast is available through the iTunes store and is well worth the money, which is $1.99 as I write this. I’m still one of those weirdos that hesitates at spending a buck or two on an app. It’s silly really. Downcast has been great and I’ve caught up on all my favorite gaming podcasts and even discovered a few new non-gaming podcasts that I like.
If you are an iPhone or iPad user, give Downcast a try and let me know what you think!