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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! Those who like talk radio and don’t want to hassle with downloading or selection stuff, there are a variety of regular talk radio apps too!

Oh, and don’t forget about the Android Authority podcast, Sound Guys podcast, and DGiT Daily podcast when you download your new podcatcher!


Anchor

Price: Free

Most of the apps on this list are podcast apps that let you download or stream your favorite podcasts. We thought we’d include at least one app that helps you make them yourself. Anchor is a podcast platform that offers unlimited hosting. The app lets you record audio, publish it to various places like iTunes and Google Podcasts, and import audio from other devices to upload. It’s a neat premise with a business model that wants you to get successful so that both you and Anchor can make money. The app and the hosting is free, though, and this isn’t an ad or anything, so give it a try yourself if you want to make your own podcast.


Castbox

Price: Free / Up to $1.99

Castbox is one of a few free podcast apps. It boasts a collection of over one million podcasts scrubbed from places like iTunes and others. The app also includes support for 70 languages, language learning podcasts, Chromecast support, Amazon Echo support, and more. It also includes cloud syncing for multiple device support. The free version comes with everything and has no ads. The in-app purchases are basically optional.


Doggcatcher

Price: $2.99

DoggCatcher is one of the older podcast apps. However, the app does get frequent updates. It currently has support for things like Android Wear, Android Auto, and Chromecast. Additionally, it boasts a massive library of podcasts, playlist support, variable speed playback, themes, and various automation and customization features. The app even has Material Design. You do have to pay $2.99 up front. However, there are no ads and no additional in-app purchases.

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Google Podcasts

Price: Free

Google is doing to their podcast selection what they did to their messaging selection. There are currently three different platforms for podcasts from Google. The first is Google Podcasts. It’s a fairly standard podcast app with playback speed controls and the ability to skip silence segments. Google Play Music is Google’s current music streaming service and it also has podcast support. Finally, a lot of people upload daily or weekly shows, podcasts, and similar material to YouTube. Google Podcasts is the simplest option and it’s free so it’s the one we recommend first. It had a rough start, but it works much better now.

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Pocket Casts

Price: Free / $9.99 per month

Pocket Casts is one of the most popular podcast apps on Android and that’s really saying something considering that it’s a premium app with no free trial version. The app has basically any audio podcast you could want. Some of its features include cross device syncing, a bunch of playback features, and more. The app underwent a huge redesign in early 2019 and then again in mid-2019. It’s now a free app with an optional subscription price. The changes irked many people and it’s no longer the obvious first choice, but it’s still a rock solid experience.

Pocket Casts is one of the best podcast apps for android



Podbean

Price: Free / Up to $9.99

Podbean is a fairly popular podcast app and it works pretty well. It boasts a metric ton of podcasts organized into various categories. You can subscribe, stream, download, and listen as you choose. It also comes with lock screen controls, various audio effects, Chromecast support, Android Auto support, and integration with Amazon Alexa. That means you can use it virtually everywhere. A few Google Play reviewers had a few bones to pick, but we didn’t notice anything terrible during our testing.


Podcast Addict

Price: Free / $2.99

Podcast Addict is one of the most popular free podcast apps. It contains a massive library of podcasts, audiobooks, live streaming radio, and more. It even has support for YouTube and Twitch channels. The app also features variable playback speed, skip silence options, Chromecast support, and SONOS support. The app is free but it also has advertising. There is an optional $2.99 pro version in the Google Play Store if you want to remove the ads.

Podcast Addict is one of the best podcast apps


Podcast Go

Price: Free / $2.99

Podcast Go is one of the up and coming podcast apps. It features the basic stuff like downloading podcast episodes, variable speed playback, sleep timers, and more. It also has a delightful design with Material Design. The app boasts over 300,000 available podcasts. You can search or browse at your leisure and subscribe. Otherwise, it’s a fairly basic experience. The app is free with advertising. You can pay $2.99 to remove the ads.

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Spotify

Price: Free / $9.99 per month

Spotify is one of the world’s best and most popular music streaming services. It also started doing podcasts in early 2016. There aren’t a lot of available podcasts there compared to something like iTunes (which most other podcast apps use for their libraries) 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.

Spotify is one of the best podcast apps for android


TuneIn Radio

Price: Free / $9.99 per month

TuneIn Radio is among the best radio apps out there. Its focus is mostly live talk radio. However, the app also includes podcasts, audio books, radio stations (both AM and FM), and even live sporting events. The podcast owners have to make their podcasts available for this one. It doesn’t do things like scrub iTunes for podcast content. Otherwise, it’s a very serviceable podcast app. The premium subscription gives you access to live NFL, MLB, and other sports games along with other features. We might not recommend this as a standalone podcast app. However, those who also like listening to radio shows from other platforms may find this one to be better than just a regular podcast app.

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