Android Podcast Apps – Top 3

By Steve McFarlane

Android podcasts apps are a great way to listen to your favorite audio and video non-streamed web casts. The following Android podcast apps are some of the best.

Pocket Casts

This a premium Android podcast manager, of such it offers much better performance and features than most other Android podcast applications. For one, podcasts are monitored for new content not by the app, but Pocket Casts’ servers. Other notable features include:

  • Servers monitors your feeds, so your phone doesn’t use bandwidth unnecessarily
  • Stream or download over 3G or WIFI without file size limits
  • Background downloading
  •  Podcast widgets
  • Provides notification when new episodes are available (optional)
  •  Landscape and large screen support
  • Quick skip feature, one tap of the screen and you can jump forward or backward through your podcasts
  •  Download to SD Card or phone
  •  Search or browse for podcasts by categories URL or popularity
  • OPML podcast import
  • Supports audio and video podcasts
  • Download resume support allows you to continue a download after the data connection was broken

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BeyondPod Podcast Manager

This is another powerful Android podcast client. For those who are concerned about bandwidth requirements of downloading podcasts and its effects on your mobile data bill you can schedule the app to use Wi-Fi only.

  • Complete control of how many podcasts are downloaded and how long old versions are kept
  • Downloads new content in the background while you enjoy other feeds
  • Provides full control over what is being downloaded
  • Podcast downloads can be scheduled to occur at a specific time, only when connected to WiFi, or only when the phone is charging.
  • Can automatically turn on WiFi, turn off it back off once feeds are done updating
  • Integrated podcast player tracks what podcasts you have listened to, and supports automatic podcast deleting at the end of playback to save space.
  • Has a configurable TiVo style commercial skip
  • Home screen widget that gives one-button access to your podcasts
  • Integration with Google Reader allows you to easily import your Reader subscriptions
  • Supports Atom, RSS 2.0, RDF and OPML feeds.

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DoggCatcher Podcast Player

This is another battery and data plan friendly Android podcast app. The app can make recommendations based on your feed subscriptions, and is in fact one of the most highly rated Android podcast clients. It has an integrated audio and video player to help you listen and view to your heart’s content.

Some feature highlights

  • Searching podcast and news directories
  • Importing for Google Reader/Listen
  • Easy to find new podcasts/feeds
  • Fully automated download and cleanup of media files
  • Offline playback of audio and video
  • Categories for feeds
  • Variable speed playback (this requires the purchase of a third party audio library named Presto)
  • Supports RSS 1.0, 2.0, and ATOM
  • Automatically updates feeds, download and delete media on a configurable interval

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