Podcast clients have gotten better over the years, and Android now offers you no shortage of ways to manage your favorite feeds. With so many to choose from, the hardest part is picking one. Here’s a list of the five best options currently available on Google Play.
BeyondPod has been my personal go-to for years. It offers an abundance of options, which is usually what either attracts people to or pushes them away from the app. Do you want to determine how many episodes are saved per feed, select exactly which time to check for updates, and guarantee that you only download shows over Wi-Fi? Beyond will give you these options and more. Plus it has just received a big redesign, so it’s all ready for Android 5.0. The free version doesn’t contain ads, but to get access to all the features, you will need to go pro for $6.99.
Using Pocket Casts is a visually pleasing experience, but don’t mistake it for just a pretty face. Whether you want to speed your podcasts up to twice their speed, cast shows to a Chromecast, or set feeds to only update overnight, Pocket Casts can handle the task. It also syncs your subscriptions to an online account so that everything is kept in order across your multiple devices. The Android version goes for $3.99, and there’s one for the web that costs a one-time $9 fee.
Podcast Republic has the flexible features you’ve come to expect. You can download podcasts for offline use, organize them into multiple playlists, and play back episodes via a homescreen widget. The presence of these features isn’t reason to check out this app in particular, as they’re common across most of the apps on this list. But if you want a different interface for interacting with your podcasts – and the interface is important when picking a podcast manager – this is another one to consider, especially when you take in the price. Podcast Republic is free to use, and while it’s ad-supported out of the box, you can remove these for $1.99.
Though I didn’t mention this feature above, both BeyondPod and Pocket Casts come with Chromecast support. Podcast Addict comes with this feature too, allowing you to stream shows from a TV with better speakers and a larger display. There’s also Android Wear support, so you can control playback from your wrist (again, features also present in BeyondPod and Podcasts). At the end of the day, this is another great podcast manager for Android, and it happens to also run on Chromebooks. Like Podcast Republic, the app is free and ad-supported, but you can get rid of the ads for $2.99.
Stitcher blurs the line between podcasts and radio. Instead of serving merely as a means to manage feeds, it tries to replicate the radio listening experience. It automatically plays shows one after another, catering to your interests. You can create your own stations or listen to specific shows on demand. While the content is the same, the way you listen is different, making this a great option for people who may find the standard type of podcast manager too intimidating.
Which Podcast Client Is Right For You?
Android may not come with an app for organizing podcasts out of the box, but the options in the Play Store have really matured over the years. There’s no one app that’s hands down better than the rest, but if you try out a few, you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.
If your personal favorite Android podcast manager isn’t on this list, feel free to give it a shout out below!