Tag Archive for ‘Podcasts’

Cosmicast 2 ➝

Habib Cham:

Cosmicast, a podcast player released a couple of years ago and recently redesigned from the ground up, is set to disrupt the two-horse race currently led by Overcast and Pocket Casts as the two coveted full-featured third-party podcast players on the App Store by offering on par features, platform access and unique design-centric delights.

I like a lot about what Cosmicast has to offer, especially tvOS and macOS support. If the app allowed for subscribing to password-protected feeds, I would seriously consider switching from Overcast.

➝ Source: chambyte.net

YouTube Audio to Overcast Update ➝

An update to my YouTube To Overcast shortcut, thanks to Xipeng Li on Twitter. He updated the shortcut adding a “Get Name” action to pull the title of the video and use it to automatically populate the file name prompt. I made a minor adjustment to his version — changing the file name formatting — and you can find my latest version of the shortcut here.

➝ Source: initialcharge.net

Listen to Audio From YouTube in Castro ➝

This is a brilliant feature in a podcast client. If Castro offered iPad support, I’d seriously consider switching from Overcast. I would love to see this go a bit further, though. A little known feature of YouTube is the ability to subscribe to individual channels by RSS. Wouldn’t it be slick if you could subscribe to a YouTube channel within a podcast client to listen to audio versions of each new video?

➝ Source: twitter.com

Overcast’s New Recommendation System ➝

Marco Arment, on the latest Overcast update:

Overcast now offers its own data-driven recommendation engine, and I’ve removed Twitter integration entirely.

Podcasts in the new “Suggestions for You” section of the Add Podcast screen are based on the shows you subscribe to, and what else their subscribers subscribe to, which gives much better recommendations without involving any social networks.

Most importantly, it works for all of Overcast’s customers.

The new recommendation system seems far more effective than the previous Twitter-powered version. I’ve already added a new subscription to my rotation and I expect I’ll check the list from time-to-time to see if there are any new shows I’d like to listen to.

Clip Sharing Comes to Overcast ➝

Marco Arment, writing on his weblog:

With today’s 2019.4 update, you can now share audio or video clips, up to a minute each, from any public podcast. Simply tap the share button in the upper-right corner.

You can generate an audio clip, or portrait, landscape, or square video, using your current Overcast theme setting.

I’ve seen a ton of podcast clips in my Twitter timeline as a result of this update and I hope that trend continues. Podcasting is such an incredible medium, but it’s historically been very difficult to share them. Having a tool like this is a big step in the right direction.

And I really appreciate how considerate Marco has been with this feature. None of these clips are being hosted on Overcast’s servers. Instead, the app generates video files that you can share directly. Or, when sharing with a link, the file is still downloaded from the podcast’s server itself and then the web player seeks to the proper starting position. its a pretty slick implementation.

Castro Adds iCloud Drive Sideloading and Chapter Playback Pre-Selection ➝

John Voorhees, writing for MacStories:

Supertop has released another solid update to its podcast player, Castro. In today’s update, Castro adds file sideloading for Plus subscribers, significantly adding to the app’s utility as general purpose audio player. Subscribers can also pre-select the chapters of a podcast they want to play too.

This looks like a great update. The ability to pre-select chapters in a show and skip the ones you aren’t interested in is probably the most innovative feature I’ve seen since Overcast introduced Smart Speed. I applaud them for thinking outside the box. But Castro still doesn’t have iPad support and I listen to podcasts far too frequently on my iPad to switch from Overcast.

Have Plex Your Way ➝

A great update to Plex’s iOS and Android apps, which adds the ability to customize the app’s home screen, a tab bar for quick navigation, and support for podcasts. I’d love to see the home screen customization make its way to the Apple TV soon. I’ve switched to using Infuse on tvOS simply because it hides libraries that we don’t need access to in our living room — specifically, our photo library and live TV.

Pocket Casts Acquired by Public Radio Group ➝

From Shifty Jelly’s weblog:

We’ve had a lot of companies in the past contact us about acquiring us and or Pocket Casts and we’ve always had one simple answer for them: thanks, but no thanks. In talking to each of them it was obvious that they didn’t have the best interests of our customers or us at heart and as much as cashing out and walking off into the sunset is a nice ideal, it’s a crummy outcome for all of you and in turn for us. You see we care so damn deeply about what we’ve built and our relationship with each and every one of you that we know deep down inside that would just eat away at us. That’s why when a combined group comprised of WNYC, NPR, WBEZ and This American Life approached us with the goal of partnering for the good of the entire podcast industry, we knew that this opportunity was something else entirely.

This reminds me a bit of when Tweetie was acquired by Twitter. And we all know how that turned out. If I was a Pocket Casts user, I’d probably start looking for a new podcast client.