Changing the podcasting guard

Every now and then I’ll come across a new podcast that I’m very much interested in listening to the back catalogue. And, as I like to download podcasts to my iPhone for listening when 3G/4G/5G may not be available, “Download all” is a nice feature to have.

My podcast app of choice until this week has been Overcast. I’ve used it for many years. It works well and has a nice little feature of cutting out quiet moments in a podcast to speed it up a bit when listening. “Download all” is does not have.

So, after coming across You’re Dead to Me recently, I wanted to start from the start. And that has led me to Pocket Casts. I like it. There are all the features of Overcast plus a few differences that are important.

  • I can “Download all”
  • I can push a podcast episode to the top of the queue
  • The Apple Watch app appears to work better. Overcast wouldn’t pop up on on the watch by default, whereas Pocket Casts does
  • I can group podcasts in folders (paid version)
  • I can manage podcasts from my MacBook (paid version)

I don’t change apps lightly, especially when the predecessor has served me well in the past.