If you’re looking for the best way to play your podcasts look no further than Overcast.
- Smart speed - this allows you to listen to podcasts quicker without distorting the audio. Instead of speeding up the audio it cuts out silent gaps, which add up and allow you to get through more podcasts in a shorter amount of time. The app still allows you to speed up the audio but you can do it in conjunction with smart speed. Looking at my stats it says I’ve saved 204 hours from smart speed alone.
- Voice boost - pretty simple, improves the quality and volume of voices on podcasts. I never think about it but when I turn it off I think how could I not have this on
- Priority podcasts in playlists - basically this allows you to add several podcasts into a playlist but if there are some podcasts that you always want on the top of your list when new episodes come out you can prioritize those to always be at the top
- Sharing podcasts - you can not only share an episode through the iOS share sheet but you also have the option to share at the current time stamp. This comes in really handy when I want someone to listen to a particular portion of a show. Additionally, if they don’t have Overcast installed on their phone then it will play in the web browser.
Before Overcast I was constantly switching between different podcasts apps and never satisfied with any of them. Since its release (2ish years ago?) I haven’t switched apps. I’ve tried a couple others such as Castro but the combination of smart speed + voice boost keeps me hooked.