Editors' Note: The download button opens the iTunes App Store, where you may continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed with an active iTunes account in order to download and install the software. This download may not be available in some countries.
Call it a rebirth or possibly a renaissance. Either way, podcasts have come into their own on mobile devices, thanks to easy access through the iTunes Store, instant streaming, and the release of thousands of high-quality productions seemingly every day. The issue, until relatively recently, has always been accessing, organizing, and syncing those podcasts on your phone. Apple tried to make this easier with a Podcast app, but bugs and limited support for older devices crippled it early on. Which is where InstaCast 3 comes in. Developed by Vemedio, InstaCast 3 is a complete, all-in-one podcast client for your iPad or iPhone that is fully compatible with the newest versions of iOS 6.0, syncs across multiple devices and streams quickly and properly.
Installation of InstaCast 3 is fast, and while there is a registration option that will allow you to sync your data across multiple devices or accounts, it is optional. All functionality works out of the box, without an account (though we found the syncing to be quick and effective, so it is highly recommended for those with multiple devices). When searching for Podcasts, you can look at either video or audio options; separate them by author, genre, or popularity; or search directly. You can also enter a URL for a direct podcast to create a subscription, or access podcasts you've downloaded elsewhere in your Music App. When subscribed you can receive notifications of new episodes, and downloads are done automatically, but only after prompting. While this is a pricey app at $4.99, it is far and away the best podcast management and subscription tool available for Apple's devices, including the Apple podcast app.
Streaming is quick, especially with an iPhone 5 or 4G iPad, and downloads are done in the background. During our tests, we were able to find all of the podcasts we searched for quickly, and there were no crashes or slowdowns in playback as we have seen in many other podcast apps. To put it simply, if you listen to podcasts on your phone or tablet and are tired of crashes, bugs, or complicated search interfaces, download InstaCast 3 now. It's well worth the money.
Instacast 4 is one of the most significant updates to Instacast thus far, and weve taken time to completely overhaul the UI and add even more features that we think youll love to use. What's new in 4.0?* A completely overhauled user interface, inspired by iOS 7 in both aesthetics and functionality.* A sidebar menu to maximise vertical space and house quick access to additional views.* The Up Next playback queue: a dynamic playlist that allows you to queue episodes for sequential playback.* Improved multitasking and background functionality, meaning that subscriptions are refreshed and downloaded whilst your phone is idle.* Instead of informing you to refresh a feed to access a new episode, push notifications now alert you to the fact that new episodes have been downloaded already and are available to play instantly.All the great features Instacast users are already familiar with:* Detailed subscription management and customisation. * Lists, Smart Lists and Bookmarks.* An elegant, sophisticated media player.* Offline playback of downloaded episodes.* Interact with episodes by reading show notes in an easy-to-read format, and share episodes with third-party services. * Import your podcasts from iTunes or other podcast clients.* Seamless, instant synchronisation between other copies of Instacast on iOS and OS X via Instacast Cloud.* A universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad on iOS 7 or higher required.Localized in English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Arabic, Danish, Polish and Brazilian PortugueseFor more detailed information please see Instacast's product page on the Vemedio website: http://vemedio.com/instacast
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