Podcasts are an incredibly beneficial way to either gain entertainment or information. News, cooking, sports and technology are amongst some of the common areas which are popular for podcasters, but there is most likely a category to suit most users.
Instacast came on the market to help alleviate the troubles most users were experiencing when having to manually sync their podcasts using iTunes. After podcast clients started to gain in popularity, Apple split podcast out of the music app on iOS and created their own podcast app. Although many users are still not happy with the experience due to a lack of syncing between the iOS apps. Instacast version 3.0 was released recently which includes an update to the syncing mechanism and also an upgraded design. The app is universal now and changed away from the in-app purchase model which was in version 2.0. Let’s find out more after the jump. (more…)
Listening to podcasts on the iPhone? Great. Managing podcasts on the iPhone? Not so great. When Apple does things right, they hit it right on the head, but the system of downloading podcasts in iTunes and then jumping over to the Music app to listen to them isn’t very simple or intuitive. Luckily, since the introduction of the App Store in 2008 there have been countless third-party apps the make up for those first-party apps that don’t quite make the grade. Luckily, this is true for podcast management apps as well.
Last August I reviewed Pocket Casts, which I deemed as “the best podcast management app available in the App Store.” Being one to always put my money were my mouth is, I spend time with three other podcast management apps to see if my claim was indeed accurate. Join me after the jump to find out the verdict. (more…)