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Overcast for iOS

By Overcast Radio Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 21, 2014

Overcast: Podcast Player makes it easy to listen to your favorite podcasts, whether you're on the go or relaxing at home. This streamlined tool gives you access to podcasts on all kinds of topics, or you can enter the URL for one not included in the preloaded list.

Pros

Premium features: The app itself is free to download and use, but for $4.99, you can unlock all of the premium features as well. These include things like Voice Boost, which evens out the sound and keeps everything at a comfortable listening volume. Other nice premium features include Smart Speed, which shortens silences, and a Sleep Timer that you can set to shut off the app after 15 minutes or an hour.

Category groupings: Podcasts preloaded into this app are grouped by category, so you can quickly find what you're looking for. You can also quick-subscribe to an entire category by using the button found at the top of the list.

Cons

Extra taps: This app is designed to facilitate subscribing to podcasts, and so playing just a single episode of a podcast that you don't subscribe to is a little more complicated than it seems like it should be. It's certainly not impossible to do this, but you a have to go through an awful lot of repetitive steps.

Memory hog: Because there is no straight streaming feature in this program, the app downloads all of the podcasts you could want. This can quickly take up a large chunk of your memory.

Bottom Line

Overcast offers a nice grouping of features through a streamlined and accessible interface. And because the Premium features are available as in-app purchases, you can try the program out for free to see if it's the right fit for you before you pay anything at all.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.1.7

- Small fixes and improvements

- Added chapter navigation to Watch app and sped up the interface

- Sorry, I had to remove "Send to Watch" due to watchOS changes. Details at: https://marco.org/

General

Release October 9, 2017
Date Added October 9, 2017
Version 3.1.7

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPhone5, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74

Popularity

Total Downloads 290
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

A powerful yet simple audio podcast player, with features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost, and Smarter Playlists to help you listen to more podcasts in more places, try new shows, and completely control your experience. Overcast is a modern, fully featured audio podcast player with many useful features in a simple, intuitive interface: Download podcasts for playing anytime, even when offline. Search and browse for new podcasts, plus get recommendations from Twitter. Create custom Playlists with smart filters and per-podcast priorities, and rearrange the list whenever you want. Receive optional push notifications when new episodes arrive. Subscribe to a podcast, or just add an episode: try new shows without committing.

Download podcasts over cellular, set a sleep timer, or use Voice Boost to enhance and normalize speech volume. Adjust playback speed, and use Smart Speed to pick up extra speed without distorting the conversation. 3D Touch support. Rich notifications. Apple Watch app. CarPlay support. Overcast is ad-supported. If you choose to purchase Overcast Premium to remove ads, payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the iTunes Store after purchase. Current price for the Season Pass is $9.99 USD per year, and may vary from country to country. Overcast's privacy policy: https://overcast. fm/privacy.