10 best podcast apps for Android

by: Joe HindyFebruary 3, 2016

best podcast apps for android
Podcasts seem to be making a return as a main source of information gathering in the age of the Internet. It’s a great way to listen to experts talk about the topics you care about and it’s relatively easy to find great podcasts. If you’re a fan of the medium and are in the market for a new podcast app, here are the best podcast apps for Android! Please note that Google Play Music’s podcast implementation is not active at the time of this writing. When it goes live, you should definitely check it out!

beyondpod best podcast apps for androidBeyondPod Podcast Manager

[Price: Free / $6.99]
BeyondPod is a solid start to our list and has most of the features you want in a podcast app. You’ll find access to audio as well as video podcasts from a ton of big names including CNN, ESPN, and others. Some of the other features include Chromecast support, smart playlists, control over download preferences (including downloading over WiFi only), widgets, support for Feedly, and more. The design is Holo-inspired and looks pretty good.

Get it now on Google Play!

doggcatcher Best Podcast Apps for AndroidDoggCatcher Podcast Player

[Price: $2.99]
DoggCatcher has been around for a very long time and is one of the more recognized podcast apps on the list. Thankfully, despite its age, the developers have done an excellent job updating the app over the years and it now currently supports the latest tech such as Chromecast, Android Wear, and even Android Auto. It comes with a light theme and a dark theme, support for video and audio podcasts, various settings options to control download preferences, playlists, and a lot more. The app also has no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!

doggcatcher best podcast apps for android

Pocket Casts best podcast apps for androidPocket Casts

[Price: $3.99]
Pocket Casts is definitely one of the best podcast apps on Android. It comes with a modern, Material Design inspired interface, a light and dark theme, and settings to control your download preferences. There is also playlist support, video and audio podcasts, and Chromecast support. Perhaps our favorite feature is the ability to create an account and sign in on any Android device to get your list of subscribed podcasts back quickly. The developers are active and it’s an overall solid experience.

Get it now on Google Play!

podcast and radio addict best podcast apps for androidPodcast and Radio Addict

[Price: Free]
Podcast and Radio Addict is a popular option thanks to its non-existent price tag and it’s decent set of features. This one comes with Android Wear, Pebble, Android Auto, and Chromecast support along with download preference settings, audio and video podcasts, widgets, themes, and a lot more. The interface can look cluttered from time to time, but everything in it works as it should. This is a great podcast app to try out, especially if you’re a little short on money.

Get it now on Google Play!

podcast and radio addict best podcast apps for android

podkicker best podcast apps for androidPodkicker

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Podkicker is a minimalist podcast player with a no frills interface so there’s even less standing between you and the hours of podcasts you have synced up. It comes with audio and video podcast support, Chromecast, a dedicated car mode for when you’re driving, a sleep timer, and other more basic features. If you go Pro ($1.99), you’ll have no ads and first dibs on app updates over the free version. It’s simple and effective, although you may have to add your favorite podcasts from time to time if they’re newer or very obscure.

Get it now on Google Play!

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rssdemon best podcast apps for androidRssDemon News and Podcast Reader

[Price: Free]
RssDemon News and Podcast Reader is another older podcast app that has aged rather gracefully. This one not only has podcast support, but also support for RSS feeds which could, conceivably, put all of your news and podcasts in a single spot. You can follow a variety of feeds and podcasts, download them for offline playback, and you can even add your own sources with RSS importing. It’s a little more of a learning curve than most apps, but it’s highly configurable once you get used to it.

Get it now on Google Play!

rssdemon best podcast apps for android

stitcher radio best podcast apps for androidStitcher Radio

[Price: Free]
Stitcher Radio has worked hard over the last couple of years to improve their mobile offering and the effort has shown positive results. The app has a relatively modern interface and a ton of podcasts to choose from. The app allows you to create custom “stations” that are essentially souped up playlists that look really cool. Stitcher also has a breaking news function, sharing, and a lot more. It’s a little simple, but sometimes simple is good. You can also check out the Android Authority podcast on Stitcher!

Get it now on Google Play!

stitcher radio best podcast apps for android

Soundcloud best podcast apps for androidSoundCloud

[Price: Free]
SoundCloud is becoming an increasingly popular site for independent podcasters to post their stuff. It’s a little harder to find given the wide range of audio content, but everything works nicely once you’ve found the podcasts you’re looking for. It has a good looking, modern interface with solid controls. You can “favorite” tracks to listen to them later. It’s simple and you’ll almost exclusively be streaming podcasts here rather than downloading them. It’s a decent experience and you can find the Android Authority podcast there as well!

Get it now on Google Play!

soundcloud best podcast apps for android

spotify best podcast apps for androidSpotify

[Price: Free / $9.99 per month]
Spotify is one of the world’s best and most popular music streaming services. Starting in early 2016, Spotify has also started offering podcasts. There aren’t a lot of available podcasts there yet because the service is so new but we’ve no doubt that the number of available podcasts are going to skyrocket over time. You can download and use the service for free as long as you don’t mind some audio adverts or you can fork out $9.99/month for the full, ad-free experience. If you already use Spotify, there will likely come a point where a second podcast app will be redundant.

Get it now on Google Play!

TuneIn Radio best podcast appsTuneIn Radio

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
TuneIn Radio has been a long time favorite for many people who enjoy podcasts and Internet radio. The service comes with a ton of options for podcasts although the podcast owner will have to make them available on TuneIn before you can listen to them. On top of podcasts, you can also enjoy AM/FM radio talk shows (the original podcasts), and plenty of other stations with varying types of content. If you get the pro subscription, you can also live stream NFL, MLB, and NHL games which is fantastic if you’re into sports.

Get it now on Google Play!

tuenin radio best podcast apps for android

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  • iamtravis182

    I still rep Beyond Pod. Very solid app.

    • JosephHindy

      It has 4.3 why are you lying to me?

  • John A

    I’m very surprised ‘Beyond Pod’ didn’t make the top five. I have tried most of the above, but found BP to be the best overall.

  • FiZh

    I’m using BeyondPod and fully satisfied!

  • Romius T.

    No stitcher? Surprised.

  • jamesinkorea

    I like Beyond Pod the best.

  • bambou51

    I updated Podcast Addict with a new UI. New improvement will soon follow

    • Maxime Richer

      Beau travail, Xavier, il n’y a rien de mieux!

  • Pocket casts is my favorite and I included it in my list http://www.androidtoapple.com/2013/03/2-best-android-podcast-apps-to-download.html

  • I was using Doggcatcher for some time but now moved to Pocket Casts…Good UI, offline sync, file management is really good….

  • Brandon

    I like Rat Poison because of its ability to resume at all the places I left off for multiple podcasts.

    Which of these others have a stop/resume feature that works even if the phone is turned off and back on?

  • pallu

    BeyondPod. Started with old version of Windows Mobile, migrated to Android. Best!

  • Bob F

    Disappointed that BeyondPod s nowhere to be found. Looks like someone needs to do more research.

  • Brenden Keene

    Pocket Casts FTW. Modern UI / Holo design, syncing between devices, Chromecast support… no brainer. Can’t stand the Gingerbread look still hanging around on many of the others.

  • sholling

    I’m a big fan of Beyond Pod.

  • Kevin

    Pocket Casts for me, i’ve used pretty much all podcasting apps including Beyond Pod (not above) and pocket casts is much more polished than any.

  • Jay

    I’ve tried 3 out of this list and Podkicker is the one I always return to. Just really simple, fast and uncluttered.

  • Matt

    So weird that BeyondPod’s not here. Best podcast app, hands down.

  • Chewbaccalypse

    No Stritcher. It streams instead of downloading saving me crucial storage space.

  • dhinged

    You’re an idiot if you don’t include BeyondPod on the list. Apparently it was too complicated for the reviewer.

  • guest

    do these apps do this? :
    IF network is wifi
    THEN connect
    IF newpodcast is available
    THEN download automatically via wifi only

    and also resume if wifi is lost

    • TheGCU

      BeyondPod does that.

  • Greg Zeng

    How podcast choices should be made, IMHO.

    Podcast players should have:

    Categories choices, pre-loaded.
    Category searching, pre-loaded.
    Free form searches, including omits (-), *,
    Timer standby, allowing standby if asleep, etc.
    Easy fast – forward, rewind, previous or next selection.
    Undo, especially deletes, edits, saves.
    Export, import, email, offline store lists.
    Dark, light, color, font size options.
    List ordering: category, alphabetical, usage, recent, unplayed, saved.
    Last update
    Platform choices: phone, tablet, Windows, Android, Apple, Linux, …

    Anything else?

  • E.T.

    AntennaPod is really great!
    Soundcloud is not very good: it is a bit buggy.

  • TheGCU

    Was this article edited/updated? Comments are complaining about no BeyondPod but it’s first in the list.

  • Gio Rodz

    I’m currently using CastBox, it’s pretty good!

  • Shadowstare

    I can get all most all of my podcasts from Tune-In, Soundcloud and the ESPN App. It didn’t make the list but if you listen to ESPN Podcasts, their ESPN App is INCREDIBLE.

  • Phillip Stuerzl

    How the hell is Pocket Casts not on this list?

  • babubabuapp

    Just wanna find a Podcasts app for myself, hope it’s an amazing way to discover, subscribe to, and play your favorite podcast. My must-have point is numerous free audio and video radio podcast in the Featured tab, or browse Top Charts to see what’s hot right now. So that I can add favorite radio and podcast to personal stations that stay up to date when new episodes become available. I wanna try PocketCast, RadioLab, any evaluations on CastBox this new podcast app on Google Play?

  • Catherine Lufei Wang

    I recently changed my iphone to android, and not like itunes podcast on iphone, i need to find a good podcast app for android device. have to say that CastBox app is the best podcast for android I have ever use! Numerous free music, radios and audio books and the lastes discussion on hot topics! I watch the podcast on youtube when i back home, but the way to office and bedtime podcast, i prefer castbox app more.

  • Chao Wang

    CastBox is an APP mainly about podcast for Android devices. Here to discover and subscribe 220,000+ podcast content. Listen to 16,000+ radio stations for free. It offers podcasts and Radio from 30+ countries & languages. Control playing from multiple widgets and notification bar seems rather convenient for finger movements. it enables you to choose to download new episodes such as free music, audio books automatically when they become available, even when the app is not open.

  • Pascal Aschwanden

    SoundCloud search sucks. I couldn’t even find freakanomics on there. Instant delete.