Some people say that podcasts are a dying medium, but there are still a bunch of great podcasts out there for those who still enjoy it. That means that there are also some top notch podcast apps for Android. They can be hard to find because what makes a podcast app good differs depending on what features you need. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best podcast apps for Android.
First up on our list is DoggCatcher. This app has a very busy and cluttered interface, but that’s so we can see all the information that this app offers. Even with that said, the cluttered UI may or may not be a big turnoff for some who prefer more organized options. Like most podcast apps on this list, you’ll be able to listen to your podcasts straight from the app, and it was able to find all of the ones we searched for. DoggCatcher has a few customization options. You can tap an option to have it automatically download your podcasts to your device, and if you prefer video content, DoggCatcher has support for both audio and video podcasts. It’s a very easy to use app, and aside from the busy UI, it’s one of the most solid podcast apps for Android.
Flipboard is actually not so much a podcast app but an RSS app. Generally, people use Flipboard to gather and read news articles. However, one of the lesser known features of Flipboard is the ability to subscribe and listen to podcasts. This is great if you already use RSS to get news or if you already use Flipboard because it’s just a matter of subscribing to your podcasts. For those who may not have used it, Flipboard features a gorgeous, smooth interface and it’s generally considered one of the best news readers out there. To us, it’s one of the best podcast apps too and it’s also free.
Pocket Casts is yet another solid Podcast app. Like Podcast Addict, this podcast aggregator lets people browse for a variety of options, including top audio, top video, featured, by network, and by category. It makes finding podcasts extremely easy. Once you’ve found what podcast you’re looking for, playing them is easy as ever, and you can even categorize your podcast subscriptions for better organization. You can even sign up for a Pocket Casts account and sync across devices so you don’t have to go hunting for your podcasts over and over again. It’s $3.99 well spent if you’re a podcast fan.
Next up is Podcast Addict and unlike DoggCatcher, this particular app takes a cleaner and more simple approach to a podcast app. However, it makes up for this by having a lot of areas to navigate. As with all of the apps on this list, finding the podcasts we searched for was quick and easy. When adding podcasts, there’s quite a few options to choose from. You can search for them manually, add an RSS feed, browse by top podcasts, import via OPML, and even browse podcast networks like Twit, Revision 3, BBC, and others. All in all, it’s a great free podcast app if you’re strapped for cash.
[Price: Free / $0.99]
Podkicker Pro has undergone some changes since the last time we updated this list but it’s still going strong. It’s kept its holo interface and swiping tabs which we thought was a good decision. It’s added video podcast support if you’re into that kind of thing along with a number of other features and UI tweaks. It’s $0.99 which is a very fair price but if you want to see it first, there is a free version with most of the features along with advertisements. Click the button below to check it out!
[Price: Free / $4.99]
RssDemon is a special case because it’s one of the few RSS readers that openly advertises that it supports podcasts and that’s why it is here. There’s a free version (hit the button below) and a pro version that costs $4.99. RssDemon is great for those who know what they want. The interface is pretty standard for an RSS reader and it allows you to search for and listen to podcasts fairly easily. However, unlike a dedicated podcast app like most of these other ones, there really isn’t a way to discover podcasts. So if you’re a podcast fan who knows what they like and also uses RSS, this could be a good “two birds, one stone” scenario.
TuneIn Radio isn’t so much a podcast aggregation service as it is a podcast platform. With most of these apps, they have databases with podcast subscription URLs or, like Pocket Casts, they simply scrape iTunes and let you subscribe that way. TuneIn is a wholly independent podcast service that lets you listen to and subscribe to podcasts on their network. Thankfully, their network is fairly extensive and contains over 100000 radio shows and over four million podcasts. It’s a solid app, it’s free, and people seem to like it. Click the button below to give it a shot.
At the end of the day, none of these podcast apps are really better than one another. It all depends on what kind of features you look for. Some people don’t need video podcast support while others may be looking for a clean, simple interface. Some want free ones while others don’t mind paying. So we can’t say for sure which ones are the best. It’s also worth noting that many RSS apps like Flipboard and RssDemon support podcast subscriptions even if they may need an external media player to actually play them. So if you have a favorite RSS app, see if you can get podcasts on it and you may be able to kill two birds with one stone! As always, if there’s a wicked podcast app and we missed it, let us know in the comments below.