The Best Podcast App You Can Buy Is Now Free
I love podcasts.
As someone who spends two hours commuting every day, podcasts help me retain my sanity. I started listening to tech shows and various sermons right before college, and I’ve been listening pretty regularly ever since.
The first show that I listened to from start to finish was called Build and Analyze on the 5by5 network. Dan Benjamin hosted, but Marco Arment was the real star. Marco slowly rose to prominence during his time building tumblr with David Karp, but became a fairly high-profile developer with the success of his Instapaper product back in 2008. While I never used tumblr, I really loved Instapaper, and I always found Marco’s insight about independent software development to be fascinating, especially as a college student studying computer science.
Fast forward a few years, and Marco released his own take on what a podcast app should be. Since its launch, Overcast has been the best podcast app on the iPhone and iPad by a mile. Aside from Messages and the like, it’s easily the most used app on my phone. For a while, Marco charged $5 for the full set of features that Overcast had to offer, but today he updated it with a slew of new capabilities and made the whole thing free. With the value that I’ve squeezed out of his work, I couldn’t help but recommend it to you here. I hope you like it as much as I do.