When it comes to listening to podcasts on iOS, there are so many great options. The Apple Podcasts app comes built into every iOS device with syncing. It’s undoubtedly a great app, but is it the best? On iOS, users have countless third-party options. My goal for this article is to break down some of the major podcast apps and help you determine which is best for what you want out of an app. What’s the best podcast app for iPhone?
Castro Stories March 26
Castro Stories November 13, 2020
Castro podcast player gains sharp iOS 14 widgets with dark mode support
Popular iOS podcast client Castro has launched a new update today that brings widgets to your iPhone home screen in multiple sizes with support for dark/light mode, new custom icons, and more.
Castro Stories July 19, 2020
I’ve written dozens of articles on 9to5Mac about podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, and Overcast. One of the challenges I’ve had during a period where I am getting out of the house less (no commutes to work, less travel, etc.) is keeping up with all of the podcasts I normally listen to in a given week. It has created a slight amount of stress in my life as new shows just keep showing up without the time to listen to them. A few weeks ago, I imported all of my podcasts into Castro to see if its Queue/Inbox functionality could help me “reclaim” my podcast inbox. expand full story
Castro Stories July 12, 2020
I am very particular about podcasts, podcast apps, how to subscribe, and generally anything related to the podcast industry. I change my podcast app of choice on almost a weekly basis. I am passionate about all things podcasts. One trend that I’ve seen in 2020 is a move to premium podcasts for additional content. I subscribe to the premium version of ATP, Cortex, and many others. I love supporting my favorite shows to get additional content. For the past few weeks, I’ve spent some time with Wondery Plus. I’ve been a fan of many Wondery shows for quite a while, so I wanted to see what else they had to offer. expand full story
Castro Stories June 18, 2020
Siri Shortcuts and rich commands come to Castro Podcast Player for iPhone and Apple Watch
Popular iOS/watchOS podcast player Castro has received a nice update today that brings Siri Shortcuts and rich command support for a more seamless experience.
Castro Stories December 29, 2019
The decade has come and gone, and if there is one thing that was a massive change for me over the past decade, it was how much time I spent listening to podcasts. I change podcast apps like I change my socks. I subscribe to new shows like other people read magazine articles. As we close out the decade, I wanted to take a look at my favorite shows from 2010 to now. During that time, I’ve seen my friends start new shows, friends start new companies, and have seen major media companies open their eyes to the opportunities that exist in the space. If I don’t list links to subscribe, it means the show is retired.
So let’s get to it. Here are my favorite shows from the 2010s. I’ve left out all 9to5 shows on purpose, but I highly recommend our entire network. My list is mostly tech/Apple focused, but I’d love to hear your favorite shows in the comments. expand full story
Castro Stories November 18, 2019
Popular podcast player Castro is out today with a great update with the headlining feature of Watch Streaming. Watch Sync is also new which loads your favorite podcasts on your Apple Watch both automatically and with a manual option to give customers several ways to listen even when away from iPhone.
Castro Stories May 30, 2019
Castro Stories March 7, 2019
Castro Podcast Player update brings new Discovery section with curated collections, live search, more
The popular iOS Castro Podcast Player has been updated today with new features like a refreshed Discovery section with curated collections, live search, the ability to subscribe to podcasts from search, and more.
Castro Stories November 27, 2018
iOS podcast app Castro bought by owners of Dribbble
The popular podcast player Castro today announced that it has been acquired by Tiny. For those unfamiliar, Tiny owns a handful of other smaller companies, including design network Dribbble and project management software Flow. At Tiny, the original Castro creators will still actively develop their app.
Castro Stories November 13, 2018
Castro Stories May 21, 2018
While it may seem as though the Apple Watch app market is a bit stale, and declining, some developers are not giving up and are continuing to update and support their apps.
Castro Stories November 28, 2016
Castro, an inbox-based podcast player for iPhone, today released a major update (version 2.2) with a handful of new features. Along with a 20% price cut, the update headlines the addition of CarPlay, a new widget for the iOS 10 lock screen, 3D Touch Quick Actions, and more.
Get Castro for $3.99 in the App Store, but note it is only available for iPhone — there is no iPad or Mac counterpart. Here’s a look at what’s new in the latest update …
Castro Stories November 12, 2015
The iPhone podcast app Castro has a lot more competition in the market nowadays since I first reviewed it back in 2013. Arguably, Castro is still the most visually appealing of the current crowd and the developers are currently working on the next major version of the app, Castro 2. In the meantime, the developers have released Castro 1.5 with some new features and a new pricing model. Following Overcast’s lead, Castro is now completely free for all to download. The company is moving to a patronage model.
Castro Stories December 16, 2014
After first grouping together last year to offer huge discounts on popular apps from independent developers, App Santa is coming to town for the second year in a row with up to 60% off popular iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps to celebrate the holidays.
This year App Santa includes discounts on over 40 paid apps for iOS and OS X from developers including Tapbots, Realmac Software, Agile Tortoise, Readdle, Supertop, Junecloud, and more. The discounts kick off today and will run through December 26th giving you a chance to save money for yourself or gift apps to your family and friends. Check below for a list of confirmed App Santa apps this year:
- Tweetbot 3 for iPhone — Reg. $4.99 — (Review)
- Castro for iPhone — Reg. $3.99 (Review)
- Clear for iOS / Mac — Reg. $4.99 / $9.99 (Review)
- Deliveries for iOS / Mac — Reg. $4.99 / $4.99 (Review)
- Launch Center Pro — Reg. $4.99 (Review)
- Ember for iOS / Mac — Reg. $4.99 / $49.99 (Review)