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 is a revolutionary podcast client and offers the best podcast experience on the planet. It syncs seemlessly between iPhone, iPad and Mac.What's new in 5.0?* Redesigned media player* Redesign lists* Up Next playback queue: a dynamic playlist that allows you to queue episodes for sequential playback.* Sharing functionality optimized for iOS 8* Full-text search (optional In-App Purchase)* Night-Mode automatically switches at sunset and sunrise (optional In-App Purchase)* Full support of iPhone 6 and 6+All the great features Instacast users are already familiar with:* Detailed subscription management and customization* Lists and Bookmarks* An elegant and sophisticated audio and video player* Offline playback of downloaded episodes* Interact with episodes by reading show notes in an easy-to-read format, and share episodes via iOS 8 extensions* 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, GermanFor more detailed information please see Instacast's product page on the Vemedio website: http://vemedio.com/instacast
5.1.1 fixes a possible crash at startup of version 5.1.Also added Apple WATCH support:+ Now Playing Glance+ Grey progress bar means app is not running or audio is not loaded+ White progress bar means app is running and audio is loaded+ Play/Pause, Skip Backward, Skip Forward+ 'Unplayed' episode list (can be reconfigured on the Phone)+ Switch episodes from 'Unplayed' list+ Force touch to get chapter list and skip chapters+ Also force touch to get to Speed and Timer playback options